You have found the perfect apartment, finally, but you realize there are some design problems that need to be fixed. You’re not in need of a full renovation, but you know your apartment could benefit from a little facelift and updating. Here are 5 common apartment and design problems and their solutions.
1. Too small of a bathroom with not enough storage space, needs an update
Without doing a complete renovation on your old bathroom, you’ll need to get creative on ways to update this space. Clearing the clutter is always the first step to assess how much space you actually have and what’s just been taking up space that you can remove or get rid of. Sometimes less is more and you truly only need to update the color of the rugs and towels in your bathroom to give it a refresh. Again, without a complete renovation, your creativity is going to be key in successfully fixing the problem of an older, too small bathroom.
2. Weird over painted walls and drab ceilings with peeling paint
While you may need to ask permission to paint over the color of the walls and ceilings, temporary wall coverings and large framed art are perfectly fine. Choose wisely and make sure not to cause any extra damage to the walls. Often times the thick layers of re-painted walls and ceilings begins to peel and just becomes unsightly. This is where your choice of temporary wall coverings will come in handy. The best part of them being temporary is you can change them as often as you feel the need to based upon season, reason or mood.
3. Old pipes and radiators
Some exposed pipes and radiators give apartments their charm, while others are just a nuisance. You can’t just cover a radiator with fabric and go. You need to be mindful of what furniture you place near and/or over the radiator because radiators get very hot. A couple of examples of design solutions are to wrap any exposed pipes in jute or sisal rope. You can leave this rope in its natural earthy tone or maybe you paint the rope once it’s wrapped around the pipe for added design element. Placing a tall enough table over the radiator is a start and also taking in consideration the material of the table as well.
4. Sloping floors
Depending on the age of the building, you may have uneven and sloping floors. The quickest and easiest fix is to place furniture lifts underneath sofas or tables to stabilize and even them out. Using boldly patterned rugs will also help to take the focus off of sloping floors and help to tie in your interior design vision for the place. Be mindful of what you are placing on tables and where to make sure items don’t tip over and break.
5. Ask permission
Please be sure to ask your landlord for permission before you make any lasting changes in your apartment. You want to be sure that you don’t jeopardize the eventual refund of your security deposit. For any major upgrades that you want to make, communicate with your landlord and see if they’ll foot the bill for making much needed and necessary updates.