Stylish, non-permanent home upgrades all renters should know

Make your place feel like home—without giving up your security deposit.

kitchen with subway tiles red appliances
Upgrade your rental.Becca Tapert via Unsplash

Though painting your apartment walls and retiling the bathroom may elevate the value of the property in your eyes, the landlord might use this as terms to keep your security deposit—or kick you out. Below, find affordable, home-changing products that help make your rented space feel like your very own. The best part: none of these changes put your deposit at risk.

Roommates Mediterranean Tile Wallpaper

Roommates Mediterranean Tile Wallpaper

For Mykonos chic in your Brooklyn apartment.Amazon

These colorful tile sheets will turn your Brooklyn loft into a Greek hilltop home in a flash. They are perfect for either a kitchen backsplash, bathroom wall, or even your floor. No water or paste required—just peel and stick. The options are endless. They are 100 percent removable, so when the lease is up, your backsplash can effortlessly return to its plain, pre-war plaster self.

Longking Peel-and-Stick Subway Tiles

Longking Peel-and-Stick Subway Tiles

Renovated bathroom look without the reno.Amazon

Get that sleek, newly renovated look in your bathroom with these peel-and-stick subway tiles. The tile sheets are made from a 3D resin that’s eco-friendly and super easy to clean—like wipe down with a sponge easy. And as for installation? Just peel and stick. Don’t worry, the tiles were designed to withstand the humidity of a bathroom so they won’t peel off your walls mid-shower, but when it comes time to move out, use a hairdryer to melt the adhesive for easy, mess-free removal. This is an incredible option for anyone who wants to give their rental bathroom a facelift.

Rabbitgoo 3D Decorative Privacy Window Film

Rabbitgoo 3D Decorative Privacy Window Film

Privacy with a flair.Amazon

If you’re in a first-floor apartment or your bathroom window looks directly into someone else’s bathroom window, this decorative privacy window film is the perfect fix. These film sheets provide the privacy you need, while still allowing light in your room—you shouldn’t have to sacrifice privacy for natural light. The film also helps retain heat during the winter and block it during the summer. Of course, it’s an easy installation and removal process as well.

Roommates Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper

Roommates Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper

An accent wall for any space.Amazon

You don’t just have to be on HGTV to have an incredible accent wall in your home. With this removable wallpaper you can easily create a unique, edgy space that’s all your own, and the best part? You can remove it whenever you want; whether you’re looking for a new design or the lease is up, the RoomMates wallpaper is completely removable. Try this as an accent wall or for the backing of an old bookshelf.