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Dressing Up The Blinds In Your Rental

by Emily Flores

Statistics show that 37% of all U.S. households are rentals. If you are living in a rental property then you may find it difficult to personalize your living space. Landlords don't usually let tenants paint walls or remodel kitchen appliances, but there are some simple ways you can transform your rental space into an area that reflects your personal sense of style.

Dressing up the plastic mini blinds commonly found in rental properties is a great place to start the personalization process. Here are two tips you can use to help you personalize your mini blinds in the future.

1. Add some color with ribbons.

If you want to achieve a clean, elegant look, then you can use some ribbon to dress up your rental's cheap mini blinds. This project is simple and requires only some ribbon, scissors, and double-sided tape.

Begin by fully extending your mini blinds. Measure two lengths of ribbon, one to cover each section of string that runs along the outer edge of the mini blinds. Use the double-sided tape to attach the ribbon to every third slat (the tape allows you to easily remove the ribbon when you move out). When you shorten your mini blinds, the ribbon will create a focal point for an otherwise bland window treatment.

2. Create faux curtains with some vinyl.

If you are hoping to add some colorful patterns to your home decor but you are unable to remove the mini blinds currently hanging in your rental property, then you may want to consider using vinyl film to create faux curtains instead. This project requires a bit of time and patience, but the finished product is a customized window treatment that reflects your personality.

Start by investing in a roll of adhesive vinyl film in a pattern of your choice. Remove your mini blinds using a screwdriver, and clean each slat thoroughly with soap and water. Once the slats are dry, measure strips of adhesive vinyl to size, and attach the vinyl to both sides of each plastic slat. The vinyl can be removed when you are ready to move and will provide the colorful pattern you need to personalize your rental space.

Transforming bland mini blinds doesn't have to be difficult. Using ribbon or adhesive vinyl to dress up the mini blinds in your rental are simple ways to make your rented living space feel more personal in the future. Click here for more information.