Easy DIY projects to transform your apartment in Madrid
Sometimes rentals can feel a bit small and it’s hard to make them feel like home. Do-it-yourself projects are a great way to create some more space, organize your items, add some personal flare to your apartment all while saving money! There is an abundance of different DIY projects. The tools you need can be very basic such as wrapping paper or wine corks, and yet can totally transform your apartment! Remember to get creative, not every home is the same so take these ideas and make them work for you. You can make good use of space by finding ways to use the back of doors, walls, underneath beds, and other spaces are great for making more storage. Here are some easy, budget-friendly ideas to help save space and transform your apartment in Madrid just the way you like! Make sure before adding something to the walls that you get permission from your landlord first.
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Practical DIY projects
Here are a few tricks to help you stay organized and add more space to your place.
Using the back of doors or cabinets for storage is a great and easy way to keep organized. This can be done by simply adding hooks, plastic pocket holders, pins, mirrors, or anything else that you could use to hang your items. There are many different ways this can be done. Below are some examples of ways to do this.
Is your closet too small? Are you always running out of hangers? An easy trick to save some space in your closet is using one hanger and adding smaller hooks. Now you can easily hang small items such as tank tops, hats, scarves, purses, swimsuits, etc!
Shoebox organizer for wires and chargers
With all the technology we have today, that means more cords, more of a tangled mess, and more of a chance to loose them. Try making one of these charging stations to avoid all of that from now on! With just a simple shoe box, cut several holes along the sides, place an extension chord coming out of one end, and your chargers coming out the other end. Label the holes as needed. Then, decorate the box with ribbons, wallpaper, paint, colorful tape or anything else you might enjoy!
Everyone loves shoes, right? The problem is the take up so much space if you’re in a small apartment. Rather than buying a fancy, expensive shoe rack or one that takes up a large amount of space, try this easy trick that you can make with some simple things laying around the house and some recycled material!
Take several pieces of cardboard in long rectangular shape. The size depends on the size of the shoe. Fold the cardboard in to three even sections. Create a triangular shape and tape the edges together. Repeat this process several times with the other pieces of cardboard. You can make as many or as few as you need. Organize them in a pyramid or hexagon shape depending on where it will be stored and how many shoes will be in it. Once they are secured, place your shoes in the holes, and there you have it!
Don’t feel like buying a book rack or other storage unit for your room? Try creating something that doubles as storage and decoration! Start by taking any even number of milk crates, cinderblocks, or other sturdy bins that you might have. Then add two pieces of long wood. Carefully balance them on the crates, and ensure they are stable. Now you can use this space for plants, photographs, books, shoes, purses, or anything else you prefer!
First Aid Kit
It’s always good to have some basic first aid products around your apartment. Keeping all of it together makes it easy to find in case of emergency. You can use an old tupperware or any container of your preference, and label it First Aid Kit. You can decorate it in any way that you like!
Some good items you will want to keep inside are ice packs, band aids, Neosporin, tweezers, rubbing alcohol, Ibuprofen, gauze, eye drops, Tums, cotton balls, hand sanitizer, and Vaseline. Include a piece of paper with important emergency numbers in your area, and store in a place where all roommates can easily access it.
Fun and decorative DIY projects
These are a few projects that you can do to decorate your pad!
Instead of buying an expensive tapestry, try making your own! Tie Dying is a fun and easy way to make some of your own personal decorations. There are many different kinds of techniques and designs you can create, using any different kind of fabric. You can make your own tapestries, towels, bedding, blankets, tablecloths, curtains, clothes etc.
Depending on what kind of tie dye you want to accomplish, the materials may vary. Normally, all you will need is a cotton fabric that you want to tie dye, rubber bands, gloves, a bucket, dye, and a safe area tie dye. It is better to do it outside to not get your apartment stained!
Watch this video for some ideas about how to create a beautiful tie dye piece!
You will mostly likely need to purchase a mirror for your room anyways, so why not make it one that is stylish and big? Big mirrors are a sleek and practical way make a room feel more spacious and also add some flare. Whatever your style might be, you can find a mirror that fits you and your pad! Try a vintage shop for a retro look, or a store like Zara Home for more of a modern style. You can add lights or photos, paint them to match your color scheme, hang them, place them on a side table, or on the floor! Here are some ideas of ways that mirrors could be used.
Adding lights to your room is fun and easy way to decorate any room! A pack of Christmas lights is inexpensive, and you can frame them in any way you’d like. Try hanging them around your bed like the headboard, framing your other wall decorations like a tapestry, or hanging them from the ceiling. Here are a few examples.
Photos of friends and family always makes a room feel more like your own. Creating a photo wall is a great way to decorate, and there are many ways to do this! If you have some old wine corks around your apartment, you can create a stylish cork board to post photos on! You can also buy a wall friendly tap and arrange them directly on your wall or try hanging some string on your wall and attach photos with paper clips or clothes pins.
Try combining these tricks to create your own personal style!
If you would like some other DIY ideas for decorating your apartment, check out this blog! Also for more information about organizing your closet, this blog has some great tips! DIY is fun, easy, and inexpensive. There are so many projects out there, the only thing stopping you is your creativity!