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Doable, Affordable Ideas to Steal for Your First Apartment

Your first place, your first space…ok so it’s not the Taj Mahal, but with a few easy fixes it can be your own pièce de résistance. See below for a roundup of a few quick and affordable DIY solutions that can make your rental feel a lot more like your home.

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Posted on Mar 1, 2018

Smart IKEA Hacks That Solve (At Least) Two Pesky Problems at Once

Those Swedes are pretty clever with their stylish designs and flat-pack furniture, but we U.S. residents have a few tricks up our sleeves as well. We can take IKEA products, mess with them a bit, and come up with something new that solves multiple problems at the same time. Check out these smart projects that meet at least two needs with one single hack.

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Posted on Jan 9, 2018

No Room For a Nightstand? Try This Multi-Tasking Piece Instead

Let’s face it – there’s only so much you can cram underneath your bed. In the case of books and tchotchkes, you’d like a place to actually display them but in a tiny bedroom, they’re often relegated to being stacked hastily on the nightstand, or stuffed into a corner of the closet.

Enter the bookcase headboard: the multi-functional furniture solution you may have overlooked. Great for small spaces that could use the room a nightstand takes up, or just for anyone with plenty of books to store, we’ve rounded up some attractive options at a range of price points. Note: you can score just a headboard for much less than an entire bed set, but we’ve included both options below to suit a variety of needs.

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Posted on Jan 9, 2018

9 Cheap But Chic Ideas to Refresh Your Tired Kitchen

The kitchen is a hyper-functional space, which is, perhaps, why it’s so easy to neglect its design appeal. We think your kitchen should nourish your body and your soul, so here are nine (renter-friendly) options to make your kitchen as good-looking as your home cooking (sorry, I had to).

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Posted on Jan 8, 2018

8 Cheap Ways to Make Even the Tiniest Bathroom Feel Like a Spa

With a new year approaching, it’s common to take a look around your home and plan out all the projects you want to tackle when you get some time (and some more expendable income). While we understand why refreshing your living room may be at the top of your list, we’d recommend starting somewhere a little easier (and cheaper!) to tackle.

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Posted on Dec 12, 2017

6 Rental Updates that Won’t Break Your Lease or Piss Off Your Landlord

I’ve been in my rented apartment for three years and it’s starting to look a little dingy — water stains from a rainy winter have become a white-wall eyesore, my old bathroom never looks clean, even when it is, and the bedroom carpet has started to lose its newness. I’ve refreshed it in ways that are mostly on the cheap and won’t challenge my lease agreement, and thought I’d share them here. Got more ideas? Add them below!

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Posted on Nov 29, 2017

Weigh In on Apartment Amenities: What’s Worth It and What’s Overrated?

Apartment hunting is a demonstration of sheer will. The victors will be the ones who have done their research, visiting maybe a dozen or more potential homes before deciding on “the one.” They’ve examined the available amenities with a critical eye, deciding for themselves that, no, they’ll never use the gym or the pool, so they’re just not worth paying for.

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Posted on Nov 18, 2017

5 Super-Smart Solutions for Super-Small Kitchen Woes

After many years of working at Apartment Therapy, I’ve seen some really, really small kitchens. And I’ve also seen some really, really smart solutions for making a little kitchen work just as well as a big one. For this post, I’ve rounded up five common small-kitchen problems, along with real-life solutions to each one.

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Posted on Nov 6, 2017

7 Ideas to Make an Old-School Tiled Bathroom Look New and Fresh

If you live in a home or apartment of a certain age, chances are good that your walls are covered in the 4″x4″ ceramic tile that was at one point considered de rigueur for a bathroom. Whether it’s pink or green or blue or white, whether you love it or hate it, you’ve got to admit that those tiles can be difficult to decorate around, and that they can tend to look a bit dated. So we’ve rounded up a few ideas for making your old-school bathroom look bright, fresh and modern — no remodeling required.

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Posted on Nov 3, 2017

Is Paintable, Removable Wallpaper Too Good to Be True? — Apartment Therapy Test Lab

Certain landlords, and almost all dorms, have strict rules against painting the walls, which is a major bummer if you love color. So imagine my excitement when I learned about removable, paintable wallpaper — I shouted “hallelujah” and quickly ordered some to find out if it was the answer to all our rental wishes and dreams. So, is this product too good to be true?

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Posted on Oct 30, 2017

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