Pleated shades help overcome the limits of decorating in a rented home

Nov 18 2010

New products help renters decorate their apartments.
New products help renters decorate their apartments.
The limitations of decorating in a rental property can be a challenge, but there are plenty of products available to renters these days that won't cause permanent damage to walls and other surfaces.

According to a recent survey, 90 percent of renters will decorate when they move into a new apartment, although staying within budget is a major concern for many.

One money saver is the use of vinyl wall stickers to add patterns and color to off-white apartment walls. When it's time to move, they peel off easily without leaving any residue and can be used in the renter's next home.

Wall hooks using removable adhesive won't leave the damage caused by nails when hanging art work, the website advises. They can also be used to hang mirrors, which will help a small room look larger.

If the floors aren't in good shape, they can be covered with area rugs to cover up scratches or discolorations. Different rugs in a combined living-and-dining area common to apartments can highlight the functions of each space.

For window treatments, pleated shades are a versatile choice. They provide the same privacy as regular shades, and come in a variety of materials, colors and finishes to match any home decorating scheme.
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