Personalizing a Rental Home With Temporary Wallpaper

As a serial renter, it can be difficult to make my rental house feel like a home, since modifications aren’t accepted, and blah eggshell white isn’t fun. There are, however, some new ways of personalizing rental homes that I didn’t know about before, and two of my favorites are the splurge of temporary wall paper and the less expensive version of fabric covered walls.

Temporary Wall Paper

Temporary wall paper is not the most economical way to personalize an apartment or rental home, but if it’s in the budget, using it can really change the way a boring rental looks. There are a variety of places that offer this temporary paper, including Sherwin Williams. There are a myriad of designs and colors, and it looks really great when on the wall. Because it is removable, all that has to be done when it is time to move is the paper gently lifted off and the wall washed with soap and water to remove anything left behind. The downside to temporary wall paper is the cost. It comes packaged in two rolls, and the average price for two rolls is around $75. For a wall that is 10′ tall by 12′ wide, the site recommends six rolls, bringing the price up to $225. For many renters that is a little steep.

Fabric Wall Paper

This option works well only on walls that are not already wallpapered. While using fabric instead of temporary paper can be cheaper, it really depends on your taste in fabrics. Fabric can really add up, too. If using a simple cotton, however, this should be more cost effective as long as you don’t mind putting in some serious time and patience. After washing the surface you wish to cover, measuring and cutting is the next step, and as cotton can shrink, it is best to have the fabric washed ahead of time (this also tests colorfastness) and to allow a few inches of room at each seam. The fabric is stuck to the wall with a mixture of starch (many recipes call for a special starch called Linit starch, but other sites recommend a mixture of cornstarch and water). Starch is rolled or brushed onto the wall, the fabric is put in place, and then starch is brushed over the fabric once it is applied to the wall. Removing this wall treatment is especially easy as the fabric can be pulled off or moistened and then pulled off.

Personalizing a rental home can be a difficult thing to do. These new temporary options open up a whole new world for renters, and with two different options, one is sure to work in just about any space.