New Apartment? Here's How to Create DIY Decor for Every Room

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So, you've moved into a new pad. A space to call your own. If you're just starting out, it's possible that you may be lacking in furniture and decor. Or maybe you're ready for a full-on refresh as you start anew. We've got you covered with a variety of DIYs that, really, anyone can do.

1. Build a radiator cover.

Got a radiator in your bathroom? Hide it under a DIY cover, while also creating space to display your pretty things.

2. Recover a director's chair.

If you found an old director's chair at a flea market or thrift store, you can make it look amazing with a faux leather upgrade and place it in your living room area.

3. Display photos without frames.

You don't have to buy expensive frames, or worry about hanging them with these genius ways to put your favorite photos on display.

4. Paint over hard-to-remove wallpaper.

Landlord won't let you remove that not-so-pretty wallpaper because it's too much of a big deal? Ask if you can paint over it. If you can, here's how.

5. Make a succulent driftwood planter.

How cute would this look on a coffee table or small dining table?

6. Create a self-sustaining decorative (and edible) windowsill planter.

No yard or garden space? No problem. You can still design an indoor windowsill planter that looks lovely.

7. Put together a padded headboard for your bed.

If you just have a mattress and box spring, here's how to give it some character with a headboard.

8. Make a terrazzo table from an IKEA tray table.

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This will look cute as a small-space side table in living room, or maybe to place on a balcony.

9. DIY a copper clothing stand.

If your apartment is short on closet space, adding this copper clothing stand is a smart solution.

10. Hanging magazine holder.

The minimalist answer to showing off your fave mags.

11. Hang clay bells on your wall.

Easy-to-make wall art with an earthy vibe.

12. Design a leather vase.

You've seen this in all the popular boutiques. Now you can make one at a fraction of the cost. Place on a shelf, table, or dresser.

13. DIY a unique doormat.

Make a cute doormat to welcome all your pals to your new pad.

14. Build a boho wood wall hanging.

Get yourself some wood beads and rings, some twine, and a tree branch, and you're ready to DIY!

15. Add boho sparkle with a fringed mirror.

We've seen this mirror in many home tours, and then also saw the price tag in many stores. Gulp. So, naturally, we wanted to offer an inexpensive way to make your own. Maybe use this for when you first walk in the door?

16. Transform a plain IKEA dresser into an eye-catching piece.

The details … the upgrade … this dresser is what DIY bedroom dreams are made of.

17. Turn a pillow sham into modern quilt art.

Not your average Granny quilt. And, it's a great way to add art anywhere.

18. Frame real leaves to create botanical art.

Seriously so easy. Maybe place these in your bathroom or in your hallway.

19. Make mudcloth pillows.

It's a look we just love, and this DIY is totally doable. Pillows can be expensive, right? Not these.

20. Build a headboard from plywood.

This can go in any bedroom with any size bed. The built-in shelves are a major space saver.

21. Make a simple outdoor bench.

Our audience has gone crazy over this easy DIY. Perfect patio starter couch … if you happen to have a patio.

22. Artfully style open kitchen shelves.

Open kitchen shelves are a great idea … when done right!

23. Put up a wall-mounted organizing solution near your front door.

Honestly, this is easy and inexpensive – and such a good way to hold bags, keys, and other items you need handy as you go to and fro.

24. Make a pampas grass arrangement.

Easy, natural decor that will stick around for a while.

25. Add a storage cabinet with cane detail.

This look is way more expensive than it actually is. And it goes in literally any room.

26. Hang removable wallpaper.

Key word here is "removable." So, if you're renting, no worries.

27. Create leather and wood wall hooks.

No entryway or extra closet space? Put up a few handsome wall hooks to display your cutest stuff.

28. Add oversize textured wall art.

We love to find ways to save money on art – and this DIY is a must-do.

29. Set up a hanging nightstand.

We love how this takes up a minimal amount of space and looks so charming.

30. Make a reed diffuser.

Our dream trifecta: looks pretty, smells great, and is easy to make.

31. Use chalk spray paint on an IKEA shelf.

Shelfies are just a part of life now, so definitely set up this cutie in your living room or bedroom.


Laurie Gunning Grossman, Hunker’s editorial director, caught the California boho minimalist bug. So, she bought a cream-colored couch. And she also lives with two kids and two dogs, so we’ll see how that decision pans out.

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