Published On: Thu, Jun 13th, 2024

Survey Finds Renters Turn to DIY Décor to Give Their Spaces Style

(StatePoint) While it’s normal to feel nervous about moving into your first apartment, it’s also an exciting time to create your own personal haven. Most rentals have lease limitations on what tenants can and can’t do when it comes to painting and decorating, but there are still ways to infuse your own unique aesthetic into a space.

A new survey from Duck brand asked current and former renters about how they made their temporary spots feel like home.

The survey found that 70% of renters say it’s important for their living space to reflect their personal style and preferences. Although most residents say they are satisfied with the aesthetic of their rentals, respondents still expressed frustration with neutral paint colors and the inability to use nails and screws on the walls. Additionally, 86% of renters have damaged walls trying to use hooks to hang décor, and 62% have made two to three attempts at hanging décor before getting it right.

“We found that personalizing rental spaces, even if they are temporary, is a top priority for most people, but can feel challenging when you’re on a budget and trying not to cause any damage to walls or surfaces,” says Ashley Luke, senior product manager of Home Solutions at Duck brand. “Luckily, there are a variety of affordable, temporary solutions to try that make it easy for tenants to refresh their nest.”

A popular renter-friendly DIY project to invite color and pattern into white or neutral areas is using removable adhesives, like the Duck brand Adhesive Shelf Liner, to create a backsplash in the kitchen. In fact, 60% of renters say they have used removable décor, like shelf liner and wallpaper, to infuse personal style into their space.

Additionally, adding accent pieces around the room, such as a mirror, picture or painting, will make it feel more vibrant. To hang them, choose a tool such as clear, double-sided Duck Max Strength Nano-Grab Gel Tape, which can be used on a variety of surfaces to mount décor. It works in both temporary indoor and outdoor spaces and is removable and reusable.

With some smart strategies, DIY décor can affordably make a space feel like home, without breaching the terms of your lease.

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