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Furnishing Tips for Renters

Posted on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 04:18PM by Artful Lodger
If you live in rented accommodation in Sheffield , you’ll probably have experienced the frustration of not being able to decorate the property exactly as you’d like it. Some landlords are more laid back in terms of what they will accept, but others are very strict and don’t want tenants to change anything about the property. It’s best not to assume either way and communicate with your landlord about the kind of alterations that are appropriate. Without spending a great deal of money, you can soon make a rented place feel like home.

Decorating the Walls
It’s always best to ask your landlord whether or not they mind you painting any rooms in your rental property. If the landlord is on board, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give a tired space a new lease of life with a coat of paint. You may have to return the wall colour to magnolia at the end of your tenancy, but it’s definitely worth making the property more homely for the duration of your stay. You can also use wall decals to personalise your space, as these peel away without damaging existing wallpaper or paintwork. If you’re keen to introduce some wallpaper, try papering a wooden board and placing it at the head of your dining room table, or against your bedroom wall.

Furniture Matters
Some renters will be aware that landlords can be tempted to cut corners in terms of the furniture they invest in for their rental properties. Good quality furniture is a must because it will last and not need replacing so quickly, saving money and hassle for both you and your landlord in the long run. If something gets broken, it’s a good idea to inform your landlord as soon as it occurs. You may even wish to suggest that he or she looks into replacing cheap furniture with quality pieces that can be found at competitive prices from specialist retailers like PreLet Furniture . To brighten up stained or worn sofas and armchairs, why not try covering them with colourful throws or patchwork blankets?

Finishing Touches
Don’t hesitate to fill your rental property with personal touches, as they will give your space a real sense of personality. Simple things like filling shelves with framed photographs, collected memorabilia from your travels and much-loved ornaments can make a big difference in terms of making a rental place feel homely. There’s no reason why you should have to sacrifice comfort or aesthetic pleasure, even when you don’t yet own the property you currently live in.