Three non-permanent home transformation hacks perfect for renters

Renting got you feeling like you can’t get the look of your home how you want it? Follow these tips for saving on the Dirhams while achieving the style you’ve always wanted.

Get the flooring and cabinets you’ve always wanted for a fraction of the cost.

We all want our homes to look their best but when we’re renting we face the the dilemma of not wanting to invest too much money but equally wanting to live in a home that does #sparkjoy.

Here are three hacks you can use to makeover your rented abode without breaking the bank or upsetting your landlord.

Opt for peel and stick wallpaper

Wake up to a wall of palms or colourful vintage peonies thanks to the super cool peel and stick wallpaper collection from Dubai-based Paper Pop. You can even work with the in-house design team to dream up your own custom creation. Prices start from Dhs224 for a 100x100cm roll.

Lay a vinyl floor

Vinyl flooring has had a makeover in recent years with easy-to-install solutions giving those old tiles a stylish upgrade in a flash. Floorworld’s 100 percent waterproof luxury vinyl tiles, hardwood boards and laminates are adhesive-free and designed to ‘float’ above existing flooring via an underlay. From Dhs40-295 per sqm (depending on finish).

Don’t paint it, wrap it

Give cabinets and the like an easy makeover with removeable vinyl wrap. Available in a wide range of styles and finishes from Italian-look marble for kitchen countertops to on-trend grey wood for storage areas, a kitchen transformation can cost as little as Dhs3,000-5,000. “If you’re planning to use a self-adhesive vinyl wrapping solution for your cabinets, countertops, wardrobes or doors, best to call in the experts. Make sure they are using the correct safety standard-approved materials for the space and, if using near the stovetop, avoid placing a hot pan directly onto the wrapped surface as it’s only heat resistant up to a point,” says Shelley-May Jennings of Totally Wrapped.

Need more advice when renting? Here’s what you need to know about asking for a rent reduction in the UAE.

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