Decorating Ideas

Bedroom Decorating Ideas for Renters

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Many of us make the mistake of believing decorating while renting is a no-go. However, we’re firm believers that we all deserve to have a place that it feels good to be home in. While there may be a few obstacles to overcome; just because you’re renting, doesn’t mean you can’t make your bedroom your own unique haven with a few clever decorating ideas.

To help you out, we’ve put together some of our favourite bedroom decorating ideas that you can easily implement without risking your deposit or upsetting the landlord.


Before you start 

Our rented bedroom decorating ideas may require some DIY, so we advise you to read our DIY Safety Tips guide and the manufacturer’s instructions when assembling furniture.


Read your contract or check with your landlord

It’s a good idea to check your contract, in case your landlord has created some guidelines for decorating while renting.

Some may allow you to put up shelves, hang mirrors and even paint walls, but may also ask you to return the property to its original state before you leave. However, our rented bedroom decorating ideas are suitable for even the strictest of landlords. Get ready to make that home your own!

Top tip: Get consent in writing to ensure your deposit (and you) are protected.


Get creative with storage ideas

an image of ladder storage in a blue grey bedroom

Often, rented housing has a lack of storage – particularly bedroom storage, so it’s time to get creative!

Modular furniture, such as cube storage, is great. With it being available in so many flexible options and colours, you can use it to really make your rented bedroom feel like it’s your own.

If your wardrobe isn’t big enough, use a clothes rail or a hanging storage organiser to give yourself more space.

Ladder shelving is an ideal alternative to wall shelving if you’re not allowed to fix items to the wall. Plus, they’re great for squeezing into particularly small, rented bedrooms, as it uses up your vertical space instead.

Contrastingly, if you have a larger rented bedroom and want to divide up the space, room dividers can help you create distinct areas.

Top tip: Check out our other Storage Solutions for Your Bedroom here.

Decoration is key

an image of a blue and green bedroom with a lamp a chair a dressing table and bed and rug

Small changes can make a big impact. Dress your bed with gorgeous bed linen, throws and decorative pillows.

If the flooring in your rented bedroom isn’t the most appealing, add a rug and a large floor lamp to shift the focus of the room away from the floor.

Command strips are great to have around when decorating while renting, as they can be removed without leaving any marks. Use them to stick a cork board onto your wall for a handy notice board, or stick pins in and hang jewellery off them as a DIY jewellery display.

Instead of hanging art on the walls, take a clothes rail and a few decorative clip hangers, then hang your art pieces to make a real statement.

Top tip: If you wanted to create your own chalkboard for to-do lists or work notes (if you’re working from home), simply paint a wooden board with chalkboard paint and balance it on top of a desk or chest of drawers.

Lean, don’t hang

an image of a storage unit with a round mirror and plant on the top

If you’re not allowed to hang anything on the walls of your rented home or bedroom, never fear – you can work around it.

Leaning mirrors are all the rage right now! Plus, it will help the room feel bigger, reflecting light back into the space.

You can also lean large pieces of artwork or prints around the room for a little colour and personality. If you want the effect of wallpaper without hanging it, create your own wallpaper panels with plywood and place them behind the headboard of your bed for a stylish update.

Top tip: Not mounting artwork or applying wallpaper also means you can regularly switch the pieces out to suit your changing tastes.

It’s all about the little things

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At the end of the day, it’s the little things that help to make your rented bedroom feel like it’s truly your own.

Add some over the door hangers to the back of your door to store coats or dressing gowns, and stick a mini command hook next to the entrance of your bedroom to hang your keys – so you’ll never forget them when you leave!

Fill a basket with throws and cushions so you can cosy up on colder nights, and if you can’t change the lighting in your bedroom, opt for a few candles (if your landlord allows them) and weave fairy lights around the headboard of your bed.

Think about greenery

an image of potted plants on a side table

Add a little life to your rented bedroom with some real or artificial greenery. This is a great decorating idea for renters who don’t have outside space.

Don’t be afraid to switch things up and use watering cans or storage jars alongside vases to hold different plants. You could even create your own windowsill herb garden!

And that’s it! Those are our favourite bedroom decorating ideas for renters. Don’t forget to share your creations with us @Homebase_UK on Instagram and let us know which of our rental decorating ideas are your favourite.


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