Living in a rental and can’t renovate? These hacks might just change your life

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Anyone who rents knows the struggles of wanting to make changes to your living space, but not being able to without permission from your landlord.

Not only that, but no one wants to spend their own money to help improve their home if they’re not actually going to be living there long-term.

These hacks will blow your mind as a renter. (Image: Getty)

Tenants (especially those living in older buildings) are constantly looking for hacks to spruce up their space as well as make their home more functional.

One way renters find hacks and ideas is through groups on Facebook, where renters ask for advice as well as share suggestions to others for ways to improve their rentals.

Thanks to social media in particular, Aussie families have been able to find a range of homewares and home appliances for renter-friendly home hacks to make their home (and life) better and easier without risking their bond. 

We’ve found some of the best appliances and products on the market that may change your life as a renter.

Spruce up your rental with these products and hacks


Midea Mini Dishwasher

$399 at BIG W

This mini dishwasher went viral on Facebook with renters praising it as a powerful and innovative renter-friendly solution for people who don’t have dishwashers.

No need to alter the plumbing or renovate anything in your kitchen, simply place this on your counter or any flat surface and it is ready to go! Perfect for renters, small apartments, student accommodations, caravans and camping.

“I have this one and absolutely love it!!! Best purchase! Doesn’t use much water. Cleans dishes really well. Fits a fair bit in them for its size. No need to attach it to taps etc. Fits on the metal side of my sink perfectly 🙂,” one user expressed on Facebook.

Key features:

  • 6 preset wash programs including ECO mode, 1-hour wash, hi-temp steam wash, delicate glass, off peak and fruit wash
  • Convenient bottom drawer: Maximum utility with flexible loading
  • LED digital panel: Intuitive control with a clear picture view
  • Self-cleaning filter system
  • 42 x 43.5 x 43.5cm


KwikStik Stick On Wall & Floor Tiles

$68.50 at BIG W

KwikStik is a quick-install wall and floor covering that allows you to give any room in your home space a new look in no time.

It has a great finish to transform the entire space in a brilliant way – and it can be installed directly over any existing surface which is perfect for renters.

Key features:

  • 178 x 800mm Tile Size
  • 10 Tiles Per Pack
  • 1.424sqm Per Pack
  • Suitable for walls and floors
  • Can be used in wet areas
  • Extremely fast installation
  • No special tools required
  • Available in Hampton Grey or Black Forest colours


Artiss TV Tabletop Stand

$63.95 at BIG W

The integrated design of this product is sleek, especially with its black finish, and easily sits on any flat furniture with minimum fuss. 

This product is perfect for renters as you don’t need to drill any holes in the wall to mount the TV.

Key features:

  • Fits 32 inch to 70 inch TV screen
  • Flexible VESA mounting
  • 35 degree swivel
  • Solid metal stand
  • Tempered glass base
  • Secured fixing safety bolt
  • Easy to assemble
  • Size: 690mm x 325m x 770mm


Temple & Webster Emily Upholstered Storage Ottoman

$149 at Temple & Webster

You can make the most of your space with multi-functional furniture like this storage ottoman. 

This design features space for linens, cushions or stray toys, and it’s perfect at the end of your bed, styled under a window, or displayed in your living room.

Key features:

  • Versatile style
  • Hidden storage makes organisation easy 
  • Minimal assembly required 
  • Dimensions: 39cm H x 100cm W x 40cm D
  • Weight: 10 kilograms


Artiss Storage Trolley Kitchen Cart

$29.95 (usually $33.95) at BIG W

With three tiers of deep trays, this trolley is perfect for convenient and portable storage.

The product has a high storage capacity but thanks to its small footprint and vertical design, it takes up very little space and can fit anywhere in your home.

Key features:

  • 3-tier storage
  • Rolling wheels (2 lockable)
  • Portable and lightweight
  • Large capacity
  • Space saving
  • Smooth handle
  • Steel frame
  • Easy installation
  • 4 bonus hooks
  • Weight capacity: 45kg total / 15kg each tier
  • Overall dimension: 46cm*35.5cm*80cm

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