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5 clever cover-ups

01 August 2015

Moving into a rental apartment can mean putting up with a lot of things (noisy neighbours, grumpy landlords, unruly roommates...). But a wall full of stains, cracks, or holes left behind by past tenants shouldn’t be one of them. So we invited blogger Agnes Hammar of Hej Regina to our Ideas lab to help us find five ways to turn all those unsightly features into things you actually want to look at. Here’s what she came up with.


1. Turn those stains into a statement

Sometimes you move in to a great new place, only to discover a stained wall that is seriously clashing with your décor. Don't let a couple of troublesome stains ruin your space. Choose your favourite coffee table book (the one you wish you flipped through more often but never do). Cut out your favourite pages with a utility knife and tape them up on the wall in a pattern that’ll help you best hide the stains.

By going overboard, this will look less like a quick cover up and more like a totally thought-through statement wall. -Agnes

Stick-on floor protectors set of 20

2. Turn holes into polka dots!

What was once a great shelf, speckled holes now cover the wall from when the old tenants moved out. When your moving day comes, keep some spare furniture pads around for this creative solution. Take your extra furniture pads and spray paint them a colour you like. Let the paint dry thoroughly, and then place the pads over holes that need covering.

The trick to this is to make it look intentional. So cover up all the holes, then add a few extra to balance it all out. -Agnes

3. Large cracks? Bring out the tape.

For older homes and apartments with plaster walls, cracks are an unfortunate reality. When you first move in, wall repair is likely to be a project for another day. In the meantime, here is an easy temporary solution. For this cover-up, project an image onto the wall (we chose an image of Earth) and use coloured tape to fill in an outline of the picture. Just be sure to position your image so that it covers up the crack!

This doesn’t have to be perfect! It’s kind of like an impressionist painting – the real impact comes when you look at it from a distance. -Agnes

Curtain Hook


4. Just cover it all up

Sometimes when you've just moved in, there’s so much you don’t even know where to start. If that’s the case for you, try mounting a curtain rod across the entire wall and dress up the whole room with your favourite fabric. And for those renting with stricter rules, this is also a good trick for decorating walls that you’re not allowed to paint! This is an easy solution for personalizing your new home, that can be quickly set-up shortly after your move in.

Why stop at one wall? Textiles have a way of making any space – even a rental apartment – feel a lot more homey. -Agnes

5. For an instant (and easy) cover-up

When you've just moved in, sometimes the simplest solution is the most cost and time effective. So when faced with a stubborn blemish on the wall, why not just hang a painting over it? If you're feeling more creative you can also try a picture collage.

Sometimes the best option is the simplest one! -Agnes

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.