Kitchens and bathrooms are among the first areas a renter notices (and judges) when deciding whether or not to rent an apartment. And for good reason: Since you are renting, you don’t have the option to tear out the bathtub or change the vanity.
Nonetheless, there are some inexpensive and landlord-friendly ways to upgrade your bathroom to make it your own. Here are our top tips for upgrading your rental apartment bathroom on a budget.
Change cabinet handles
Swapping hardware on your cabinets is one of the easiest and quickest ways to change the entire look of a bathroom. Swap out old glass or porcelain knobs with something more fitting to your style. Even better, this usually costs less than $50.
Don’t be afraid to go bold with color or design. Just make sure you keep the old knobs somewhere safe in the event you want to keep the knobs you bought or your landlord wants to stick with the old ones.
Replace the shower head
There’s nothing worse than coming home from a long day and having to deal with a shower head that either brutally pelts you with water or only lets out a sad stream. Upgrading your shower head will take less than 10 minutes, and the cost is limited to what kind of shower experience you want. Simply unscrew the old shower head and install the new one to transform your morning or nighttime routine.
Did you know you don’t actually have to rewire anything in your bathroom to change out a light fixture? Most standard bathrooms come with easy-to-swap ceiling fixtures. Simple unscrew the old one and add something else that fits better with your style.
Another easy way to change the lighting? Swap the lightbulbs. There are endless options for warmth, brightness, and more. Your local hardware store associates will be available to help you choose the best bulb for the look you want.
You can also take this time to upgrade the light switch and outlet plates. You’d be surprised how much this cheap change can make a difference in the look of your bathroom.