Making an apartment feel like "home" is important, but keeping safety and maintenance in mind while decorating is crucial. When you signed your lease, it included guidelines for you to follow in order to keep your apartment safe and your moving expenses low. Legal jargon can be confusing, so we've outlined some of the most important "do's and don'ts" of apartment decorating!
- Plan out your wall hangings before putting any nails in the wall. Do it right the first time to avoid excessively large and scattered nail holes. HOW TO: Cut cardboard pieces out in the shape of each wall hanging to create a rough draft and find the layout you like best. This trick is especially useful for gallery walls. Using cardboard pieces allows you to find the perfect arrangement before busting out the hammer and nails.
- Use hanging devices such as Command strips with caution. Read instructions for proper removal so you can avoid taking paint off the wall.
- Personalize your space with fun accents like welcome mats, rugs, floor lamps, plants, throw pillows and curtains.
- If possible, avoid mounting anything large, such as a TV, on your walls. These can leave big holes that are difficult to repair.
- Drape anything other than window blinds or curtains over windows.
- Use kerosene or petroleum lamps or heaters.
- Burn candles or incense when you are not home.
- Decorate with real Christmas trees or garland.
Don't forget to check the blog for apartment-friendly DIY decorating ideas!