D.I.Y ideas for renters

Just because you’re renting doesn’t mean you can’t turn your house into a home. As a renter, there are plenty of D.I.Y. ideas for improving your home and the best thing is, you can take them with you when you move. If you do decide to make more permanent changes, make sure you get your landlord’s permission first.


Go green with indoor plants

Plants are the easiest way to personalise your space. Indoor plants come in a range of sizes that handle varying light levels, so there’s something for everybody. You can create more of a feature by making a terrarium, or turn a sunny windowsill into an indoor herb garden – adding a bit of life and a fresh taste to your cooking all in one go.

Outdoors, any balcony or courtyard space can become a stunning garden by arranging a selection of plants in attractive pots. Or put your D.I.Y. skills to work and create a more personal planter option. A pallet herb planter will cost you next to nothing in materials or go for a more formal look with stackable wooden or tiered timber planters.


Set your style with paint and furnishings

Usually painted in neutral colours, rentals are the perfect backdrop to make decorating statements. If new furniture is on your agenda, you can either go with shades of neutral for a unified scheme or bold colours to brighten things up. Rugs are a great way to add a large slab of colour to a room. Choosing the right rug can make a dramatic difference to a less than perfect space and help to cover up daggy or damaged flooring.

Freshen up the windows with new curtains or blinds

Brighten up windows by hanging new curtains that better suit your style. Don’t forget to keep the old ones so you can put them back up when you leave.

Blinds are another option but check with the landlord first before installing. If you’re on a long lease, your landlord might cover the cost of the blinds if you install them yourself. That way, you get new blinds for just the time it takes to hang them.


Kitchen updates

Give the kitchen a café style with a chalkboard wall. Use double-sided tape to mount to avoid making any holes. Take care that you don’t pull off any paint when removing the tape.

Changing handles in the kitchen is another quick renter’s update. Remember to take an old handle with you so you find new ones that will fit in the old screw holes.

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Stylish storage solutions

You can never have too much storage and with a bit of D.I.Y. magic you can add some style as well.

A wooden shoe rack is handy for the bedroom but wouldn’t look out of place in the living room or hallway entrance either.

A compact basket storage unit works perfectly for small spaces like a bathroom or laundry.

To make the most of the area you have, try a cube storage unit that can be designed exactly to suit your needs.

For modular storage, wooden boxes are a great idea. Make as many as you need and stack them in the configuration that best suits your space.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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