Want the skinny on temporary fixes for your apartment, rental home, or dorm? Well, today you’ll learn about the best renter friendly temporary wall coverings.
If you’ve spent much time here at My Wee Abode, you know that my home is a small loft rental in SoCal.
And, you might just be visiting here today to get some inspiration for adding some style to your apartment, rental home, or even a dorm.
Well, you came to the right place!
9 BEST RENTER FRIENDLY TEMPORARY WALL COVERINGS
For the last year, My Wee Abode’s tiny bathroom has been getting a rental makeover. Yep… it’s been almost a year!
All the upgrades are either temporary and/or removable, or they can be affordably replaced when/if I move.
The upgrades so far have included: DIY painted vanity and cabinet (I can replace these IF my landlord wants me to), DIY painted shower tile surround (again, paint can be removed… not sure why my LL would want that!), and a refresh on the wall paint (I matched the current color almost exactly).
The project that I JUST finished is a temporary wall treatment.
Well, it’s actually only one-half of the removable wall treatment project!
But, it’s not quite ready to reveal… I want to get the whole thing done before sharing it with y’all.
I know… how mean of me!
DIY Temporary Wall Treatments for Your Rental Home
Fear not… today’s post will NOT disappoint because we’re going to take a look at ALL the removable wall coverings I researched.
And the temp wall treatment that ended up on the bathroom wall might just be tucked into this post, too! (Be sure to take a guess at which one(s) I chose in the comments!)
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Peel and Stick Wallpaper
It can be argued that peel and stick wallpaper is the most popular removable wall covering for an apartment or rental home (or any home for that matter).
Affordable and fairly simple to use, repositionable wallpaper can be purchased from hardware stores, design stores, and a plethora of online stores. And there are so many patterns/textures to choose from!
Take a look at this wall from Katie’s Bliss!
Pros of using removable wallpaper:
- Many patterns and styles to choose from (think wood-look, floral, faux brick, etc.)
- Fairly easy to install
- Easily removed
- Easy to find (hardware stores, department stores, design stores and a plethora of online store)
- Use temporary wallpaper in a variety of ways (drawer liners, furniture accents, etc.)
Cons of using removable wallpaper:
- Most manufacturers recommend using only on flat surfaces with no texture
- Removable wallpaper can have adhesive issues in humid spaces (bathroom) or even areas with humid weather conditions
- Can be tricky to cut around windows, door jambs, etc.
Shopping for Removable Wallpaper
Here are some excellent places to purchase peel and stick wallpaper:
- Wayfair : Cherry Blossom, Grass Cloth, Faux Brick, Shiplap, and more
- Home Depot
- Chasing Paper
Peel and Stick Wood Wall Plank
To be honest, peel and stick wood wall plank was not an option I considered for the bathroom. After all, I’m shooting for a modern (coastal) bathroom makeover.
However, temporary wood wall planks for an accent wall are an option for apartments and rental spaces, not to mention just about any home. The one caviat to using peel and stick wood in a rental home… using inexpensive hardboard as a mounting base might be a good idea.
Here’s a post from The Design Twins on how Julie used DIY peel and stick wall plank wall in her laundry room:
Pros of Peel and Stick Wood Plank:
- Easy to install
- Removable using hardboard mounting base
- Many stores (online and brick-and-mortar) offer variety of finishes/colors
- Slim profile: wood lays on dry wall and flat surfaces with very little over hang on outlets, etc.
- Use in a variety of ways (walls, islands, furniture accents, etc.)
Cons of Peel and Stick Wood Plank:
- Can be considered ‘pricey’
- If you don’t use a hardboard mounting base, removal may cause surface damage to wall that will need to be repaired
- Warranty… be sure to check the manufacturers warranty of adhesive and wood
- The adhesive can have issues in humid spaces (bathroom) or even areas with humid weather conditions
Shopping for Peel and Stick Wood Wall Plank
Suggestions for where to purchase peel and stick wood wall plank:
Washi Tape Accent Wall
Do you know what Washi tape is? I only learned about it a few years back!
Washi tape is a removable/repositionable tape that is used for plethora of projects including cards, accents on accessories that you want to personalize (think about adding some to a phone charger wall adapter), personalizing gifts, and… even accenting a wall!
Take a look at this easy project from @ourcozyabode!
Pros of using Washi tape on an accent wall:
- Affordable on a per-roll basis
- Easy to use and ‘install’
- Removable and repositionable
- LOTS of colors, designs and sizes (widths) to choose from
Cons of using Washi tape on an accent wall:
- Though affordable on a per-roll basis, depending on your design, you may end up having to purchase a number of rolls
- May have issues in humid spaces (bathroom) or even areas with humid weather conditions (test it out first)
Shopping for Washi Tape for an Accent Wall
It’s pretty easy to find washi tape. They are at just about any craft store, though it may be hard to find enough on the shelf (again, depending on your design).
Using Stencils to Create an Accent Wall
Stencils seem to be all the craze these days! Whether you stencil a piece of furniture, a welcome mat, or even an accent wall, stencils leave their “mark”. (See what I did there?)
If you choose to use a wall stencil to add some style to a wall, you can always go back and paint over it! Voila! Temporary and ‘removable’.
And, again, stencils come in SO MANY designs, and you can put your own spin on them by using part of a stencil, the whole stencil, choosing to use one color (of your liking), or using a technique with two or more colors! The possibilities are endless (well, almost).
Here’s an AMAZING example of a stenciled accent wall from my sweet friend Abby at Just A Girl and Her Blog:
Pros of stenciling an accent wall:
- Very affordable to moderately affordable (cost of stencil/tools/paint)
- Easy to customize for the look you want
- Some would say it is easy to use
- Easy to remove/touch up by painting over
Cons of stenciling an accent wall:
- Stencils can be pricey… a good one can cost $40 or more, but can be reused
- Best results are seen on a smooth wall
- Some would say they are difficult to use and difficult to get a uniform look
- Cleaning of stencils is tedious
Where to Purchase Wall Stencils
Again, wall stencils are not hard to find:
Vinyl Decals As Wallpaper
More and more it seems like vinyl decals are being use to accent walls.
Whether its a ‘wall sign’ created from vinyl, a mural, or even lots of small decals to create a wallpaper look, you can create your own design in lots of different ways!
Etsy has LOTS of vinyl decals to use for a wallpapered look… Take a look at these ‘dots’ from KennaSatoDesigns:
Pros of using vinyl decals for wallpaper on a wall:
- More affordable than most wallpaper
- Many designs to choose from
- Available at stores or you can DIY (if you have a Cricut or Cameo)
- Easy to install
Cons of using vinyl decals for wallpaper on a wall:
- It can be a little overwhelming figuring out where/how to apply decals to a wall
- Smooth walls are preferable, but they CAN be used on textured wall using a few tricks
- To DIY the decals themselves, you will need a Cricut or a Cameo (that can be a pro OR a con!)
Where to Shop for Vinyl Wall Decals
If you don’t want to DIY vinyl wall decals, you can purchase them from the following:
DIY Wallpaper with Fabric
Yes… you read that right! You can use fabric for wallpaper! And it’s pretty easy, too!
Check out how Megan from The Homes I Have Made (she’s one of my rental home blogger heroes) used fabric as a feature wall accent:
You can also see a full (well, a full-half wall) that Meg from Roost & Ramble covered with fabric… Gorgeous!
Pros of using fabric as wallpaper:
- Super affordable, especially if you get fabric with a coupon or at a discount
- Easy to customize to your style (lots of prints and colors of fabric
- Easy to install
- Can be used on textured walls
Cons of using fabric as wallpaper:
- Can be a bit messy… okay, maybe a lot messy
- Matching seams and prints can be difficult
- Can be removed, but takes a little effort
Where to Purchase Fabric as Wallpaper
Of course, you can purchase fabric for your walls at just about any fabric store, craft store, or even a local interior design store (if you want something really ‘special’).
Use Painter’s Tape to Create a Feature Wall
If you want to create something with definite lines or geometric shapes, painter’s tape (ALWAYS use Frog Tape, trust me) and a bit of paint may be the way to go to DIY your feature wall.
Take a look at this classic wall that my friend Christina from The Frugal Homemaker DIY’d with painter’s tape:
Pros of using painter’s tape to create a feature wall:
- Super affordable
- Easy to ‘remove’ by just painting over the design
- You can use tools that your probably already have on hand
- Fairly easy to ‘install’
- Can be used on smooth and textured surfaces
Cons of using painter’s tape to create a feature wall:
- May be a little difficult to ‘set-up’ as you need to be precise with measurements for a ‘perfect’ finish
- Limited to a straight line design
Where to Purchase Supplies to Create a Painter’s Tape Feature Wall
You can purchase your supplies for this type of accent wall at your local Home Depot!
Foam Wall Tiles to Create An Accent Wall
I would LOVE to use foam wall tiles to create an accent wall… or maybe even a headboard for my bed?
There are quite a few options to choose from when using foam tiles to DIY a feature wall, including brick-look, “metal ceiling” tiles, and even stone.
Take a look at this beautiful feature wall from The Bold Bald Baker (she has quite the About story, too!)
Pros of Foam Wall Tiles:
- Fairly easy to install
- Easy to remove (if you use removable adhesive and/or finished nails)
- Moderately affordable
- Fun to create different looks
- Quite a few varieties to choose from
Cons of Foam Wall Tiles:
- Can be pricey, if you have a large wall
- Limited to designs offered
- Painting can be a little labor intensive
Where to Buy Foam Tiles
You can pick up foam tiles at several online stores:
Easy “Faux” Board and Batten Accent Wall
And last but not least, one of my fave wall accent techniques is a simple board and batten-look wall.
Easy to install, affordable, and packs a big punch, using simple trim or boards with nails makes this feature wall easy to remove, as well.
You can see how I used this faux board and batten look in my tiny living area at My Wee Abode:
Pros of Using Trim for a Faux Board and Batten Wall:
- Super easy to install
- Easy to remove
- Packs a big punch for style
- Super affordable
Cons of Using Trim for a Faux Board and Batten Wall:
- Measure twice, cut once (in other words, be precise in measurements)
Supplies for a Faux Board and Batten Wall
You can purchase supplies for a board and batten wall at your local hardware store, like Home Depot.
Now It’s Your Turn
So, can you guess which of these I’m using in my modern coastal bathroom makeover?
Have you used any of the techniques for a feature wall in your home?
Did you see something you were inspired by? Be sure to share in the comments below! And be on the lookout for the bathroom wall reveal soon!