Since rental kitchens are already furnished, they can be difficult to personalize. Rules and regulations from the landlord can severely limit your options when attempting to enhance your kitchen. These 8 tips will give you some guidance without sacrificing your deposit.

Hang Pots and Pans

Storage options are scarce in a rental if you have a decent amount of cooking supplies. Try hanging your pots and pans to save space.

Cover Up the Floor

Rental houses and apartments tend to come with unsightly floors. Since they can’t be replaced, purchase a colorful outdoor rug that is comfortable on your feet and can handle the occasional mess. Add some matching runners and you’re all set.

Add/Replace Lighting

Buy some LED bulbs to save energy and use them with task lamps or install under cabinet lighting. Kitchen counters will appear brighter and the added lighting will make your entire kitchen safer.

Open Shelving

If you have ugly cabinets that can’t be painted over, an open shelving option might be appealing. Simply remove the doors from the hinges, reorganize, and save them for later so you can reinstall before moving out.

Butcher Block Island

If there is room for an island in the kitchen, consider purchasing a butcher block island with wheels. A portable island is great for renters because it adds aesthetic appeal and function, without the issue of permanence.

Cover Countertops

Rental apartments are notorious for having beige laminate counter tops. These can stain easily and begin to appear yellow. Grab some decorative contact paper and place it over the countertops. These can quickly be removed if you move out.

Replace the Faucet

There is nothing more annoying than a leaky faucet. If your faucet could use an update, there are hundreds of reasonably priced faucets that can be purchased and installed on your own. Be sure to check with your landlord before making this change.

Temporary Wall Art

If you aren’t allowed to paint or want to try an alternative, go with the new trend and buy some temporary wall art. Peel-and-stick wallpaper comes in a variety of chic patterns that will brighten your kitchen. For the more adventurous, apply some tile tattoos, window films, and decals.


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