7 Ways to Decorate a Rented Room on a Small Budget

Decorate a Rented Room on a Small Budget
  • Author: Fazal Umer
  • Posted On: October 20, 2023
  • Updated On: October 20, 2023

Moving into a new rented room is an exciting experience. However, shifting to a rented room also comes with many responsibilities. Who doesn’t want a comfortable lifestyle with a dazzling interior? But furnishing a rented room and curating the decor per your preference may sometimes prove costly.

Especially if you are someone who keeps renting rooms at regular intervals, investing too much of your financial resources into rented home decor and furnishings would not be a smart choice. Thus, you need a practical solution to keep your rented living space beautiful but at a price that does not require breaking the bank! 

You may opt for temporary furnishings or DIY ideas that help you beautify your rented space on a reasonable budget. Also, speaking of figures, it takes around $10,000 to $60,000 to furnish an entire home.

Thus, you can only imagine what rental cost the landlords would charge. So, the practical solution here is to opt for a simple room for rent with minimum furnishings. It will help you grab an affordable room with lower rental costs. Further, you can work on the decor using the following useful tips to make your rental space more exciting at an affordable budget.

Head to the Thrift Stores

If you are looking for a room for rent, visit the thrift stores and pick some unique home decor items and accessories at an affordable price. You will find various decor items, second hand furnishings, and affordable accessories here.

From charming, vintage, and stylish furnishings to unique art pieces, everything is available here at an affordable price. By shopping your interior decor items from thrift stores, you make a smart, cost-effective choice and a sustainable, eco-friendly move as you put certain furnishings to reuse.

Use Multifunctional Furniture

Decorating a rented room isn’t only about filling the space with unique decor items. It is also about making smart and optimum use of your space yet making it look spacious. Thus, the existence of multifunctional furniture is a game changer. You can use versatile furniture that optimizes your space and enhances its functionality.

For instance, instead of buying a bed, buy a sofa-cum-bed with storage drawers. Such a furniture piece acts as a bed, offers comfortable seating, and is a storage option.

However, if you want something more affordable than a sofa-cum-bed, you can buy futons, which make up for an excellent temporary sleeping option, and reuse them at every new rental room. You can also buy storage ottomans that act as beautiful seating furniture pieces with smart storage space. 

Try Some DIY Ideas

Embrace your creative side and channel the artist within by decorating your rental room with the help of some DIY ideas. Using DIY artwork to decorate the interiors of your space is cost-effective and embellishes your living space with a personal touch.

Thus, you can create artwork and decorative items that suit your lifestyle and preferences.  Whether crafting a wall with paintings and photo frames or customizing the pillows and curtains, these hands-on DIY ideas will add character, depth, and warmth to your rental room.

Get Affordable Lighting

A living space comes alive with the appropriate use of lighting. Thus, explore amazingly affordable lighting options when searching for a room for rent. Look for budget-friendly LED lamps, pendant or string lights, fairy lights, floor and table lamps, etc.

These stylish, affordable lighting options keep your rented space well-lit, giving it a positive vibe. Always opt for energy-efficient bulbs to save on utility bills and create an inviting atmosphere.

Upgrading the lighting in your rented space using cost-efficient options helps enhance its overall look. Also, you can uninstall them easily and carry them back when the lease term ends.

Use Temporary Decor Accessories

When it comes to decorating a rented room, your decor accessories must come with ‘no strings attached’. The lease will end someday, and you will shift to some new space. Thus, opt for temporary decor accessories that are aesthetically pleasing and cost-friendly. You can use throw pillows that come in various colors and patterns.

You can change their covers over time and swap the cover designs per the look of your room. It adds a pop of color to your home, making it look lively. You can also create a wall artwork by putting up some photo frames, cherishing your memories.

You can also use washi tape accents instead of photo frames, a more cost-friendly option. You may also use the washi tapes to create geometric patterns on the walls, making your interior look lavish without spending much.

Try Peel and Stick Backsplash

The kitchen and the bathroom are some of the most important spaces in a home. So, beautify these spaces to elevate the look of your rental space. You may use removable or ‘peel and stick’ backsplash tiles or wallpapers.

As these tiles and wallpapers are available in different colors, patterns, and textures, they help customize your room, making it resonate with your personality. Also, these temporary wallpapers and tiles are easy to install. You can remove them without leaving a residue or damage to the surface. It is a practical, temporary solution to give your space a fresh look.

Add Some Fresh Greens

Imagine returning home after a tiring day and being welcomed by the fresh green plants in your rented room. Feels refreshing, right? Introducing fresh greens at your home’s peculiar corners and the curb adds to your rental room’s visual appeal.

Plants refresh the atmosphere and are a budget-friendly option to decorate your rented room. Thus, you may opt for plants with beautiful flowers, creepers, etc. Inexpensive earthen plant pots add an earthy feel to your rented space, making it look pleasant.


Thus, when looking for a room for rent, ensure you plan decorating your interiors beforehand. Use the mentioned tips and bring your space to life by introducing unique elements that uplift the mood of your space.

Transform your rented space into a cozy haven and make it resonate with your personality without violating lease agreement conditions. Remember, it is not about how much you spend on interior decor; it is about smartly using your finances to bring a lavish and beautiful look to your rented room.

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Author: Fazal Umer

Fazal is a dedicated industry expert in the field of civil engineering. As an Editor at ConstructionHow, he leverages his experience as a civil engineer to enrich the readers looking to learn a thing or two in detail in the respective field. Over the years he has provided written verdicts to publications and exhibited a deep-seated value in providing informative pieces on infrastructure, construction, and design.