Decorating Ideas to Maximize Your Small Rental

There are perks to having a small rental unit – you have a larger pool of those that can afford it and it means less maintenance and cleaning for your tenant(s). It seems as though now a days, especially with millennials, they prefer location over the size of an apartment, which means they won’t be as picky when it comes to the size of a unit. The good news is you can make your rental even more appealing with these decorating tips that will help to create the illusion that your rental feels bigger than it is.


Styling a unit with mirrors will instantly help make a room feel more spacious. Whether you opt for a floor-length mirror in the living room, a decorative mirror in the bedroom, or a fun mirror above a side table in an entry way, mirrors will open up a room and help potential tenants imagine themselves living in the space.

Removable Wallpaper

Removable wallpaper has recently become increasingly popular, especially when it comes to decorating a rental property. Not only is it a great way to add personality to a space, but it’s easy to apply and doesn’t damage the walls. From geometric prints and strips to floral patterns, there are several places you can purchase removable wallpaper from including Home Depot/Lowes, Target, and Etsy!

Unique Storage Ideas/Décor

Not all storage solutions have to take up floor space! Instead, think outside the box and utilize wall space. Shelving doesn’t have to be boring and can be utilized to show off small knick knacks to bring more personality into the space. Consider floating shelves, floating shelves that are different geometric shapes, and even floor length mirrors that have shelving below and on the sides!


Swapping out outdated lighting fixtures for modern ones can instantly change the look and feel of a space. And lighting doesn’t have to be expensive, either. Retailers such as Walmart, Target, and Wayfair have some great modern lighting fixtures at low costs.

Buy Correct Size Furniture

Purchasing furniture that is the correct size is important for any home but is even more important for a small rental unit. Large furniture can easily make the space feel small and cramped. Consider petite frames, lighter colors fabrics, and side tables that aren’t made from heavy wood. Utilize open shelving to give the space an airy feel and avoid dark colors.

Use Multifunctional Pieces

With a small unit, you have to get creative with the furniture you do have in order to keep the space feeling larger. Multifunctional pieces also give you the ability to purchase the furniture you want that also serves a second purpose. For example, you might want to have an ottoman in front of a chair or couch. Instead of a typical ottoman, opt for one that has storage inside so you have an extra place to store blankets and pillows when they’re not in use.