Whether you are living in an apartment and limited to any permanent upgrades or just on a budget, here are several inexpensive and impactful improvements to help you claim your kitchen!
1. Add under cabinet lighting.

If you do not have a kitchen window, it is vital you add additional lighting to improve the appearance of your kitchen. Under cabinet lighting will not only brighten up your space, but also make for an easier workstation when cooking. Look for battery-operated, click and stick lightingand avoid the hassles of cords.

2. Add a mirror to the room.

If you do not have a window over the kitchen sink then hang up a mirror. The addition of a mirror in the room will make your space feel bigger and even brighter. A mirror is an inexpensive item to purchase, and the upgrade will make a big impact to your apartment kitchen.

3. Add a removable backsplash.

Do you wish your kitchen had a wow factor? Get creative and customize your backsplash or toe kicks by utilizing non-permanent materials such as contact paper, vinyl, peel and stick tile, or even placemats. Keep in mind that as a renter you must remember the changes you are making since you are responsible for putting things back. Check out our Pinterest board Kitchen Improvements for plenty of ideas on removable kitchen backsplashes that are sure to wow you!
4. Add a rug.

When replacing the floor is not an option, try adding a rug in your kitchen to distract. Make sure you use a machine washable, low pile rugto avoid it catching dirt and food.
5. Add storage.

If you have a lack of useable space in your kitchen then creating more storage will is a simple way to help transform your space. Add accessible storage such as a wall-mounted magnetic strip and shelving to hang pots and pans. Hide an old stove while creating additional counter space by adding a cutting board over your stove.  If you still need more counter space then invest in a rolling cart. Make sure to organize your cabinet space!  Check out our Kitchen Improvements board for more temporary solutions.

The kitchen should be a place that you love, not a place you tolerate. Our expert apartment finders work daily with renters and know which upgrades will not upset your potential landlord! Contact us if you are ready to begin your own apartment-friendly kitchen renovation, and let us help you with the apartment search!