The 15 Best Places to Buy Kitchen Cabinet HardwareKitchen
Shopping for cabinet hardware can be overwhelming (so many options!) and underwhelming (so many not-good options!) at the same time.
Jan 5, 2024
10 Tiny Rental Kitchens That Make It WorkKitchen
Who says bigger is better? Part of what we love about our weekly Kitchen Tour feature is that we get to see real cooks making real kitchens work. So today we salute the small rental kitchen with all its cramped quarters and quirks, and the owners who devise storage strategies and infuse joy into their space, whatever its handicap. When the love of cooking and eating is the thing, everything else is workable.
May 3, 2023
Mind the Gap: Fresh Ideas For Decorating the Kitchen SoffitKitchen
You know that awkward gap of wall surface left between the tops of most kitchen cabinets and the ceiling? It’s generally about twelve inches in depth and has long puzzled renters and homeowners alike when it comes to decorating, leading to such ideas as hanging rows of plates waaaaaay up high or squeezing in a few silk philodendrons (in the case of the ledge instead of the soffit).
Jan 25, 2023
6 Things I’ve Learned from Many Summers of Cooking in Vacation Rental Kitchens
Renting an Airbnb this summer? Read this and pack accordingly.
Jul 31, 2022
The $14 Adhesive Organizer That’ll Instantly Create Storage Space for Spices (It’s a Must for Renters!)
Bonus: You can arrange them however you'd like.
Jun 23, 2022
Another Way to Use That Above-Cabinet Space? Hang a Shelf There!Kitchen
Ah, that awkward space above the kitchen cabinets — you know the one. In the past we’ve discussed using baskets or a bit of eye-catching wallpaper to fill the void. Still uninspired? Here’s one more idea to add to the list: hang a shelf there! One of the biggest problems Danielle — who works as the senior director of communications at One Kings Lane — had with her small kitchen was (surprise, surprise) not enough storage.
May 11, 2022
Before & After: A Tired Rental Kitchen Gets a Charming Makeover in Just 2 Days
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The creative updates suddenly make the outdated flooring and counters seem cool.
Apr 24, 2022
Before & After: This 100-Square-Foot Kitchen Got a Big, Beautiful Upgrade for Just $2,100
Renovation Diaries
Wait until you see their backsplash!
Apr 23, 2022
Before & After: This $300 Renter-Friendly Kitchen Redo Has a “Jaw-Dropping” DIY Floor
Before & After
There's even terrazzo peel-and-stick covering the counters!
Apr 13, 2022
4 Easy, Renter-Friendly Storage Ideas to Steal from This Narrow Kitchen in Harlem
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
Number 2 will help you create storage space out of thin air!
Mar 31, 2022
5 Little Ways I Drastically Improved My Kitchen During Quarantine
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
There's so much storage space now! And it's brighter and lighter, too.
Jan 1, 2022
3 Clever Design Lessons to Steal from This 875-Square-Foot Rental in the U.K.
Living in a rental doesn't mean you can't decorate!
Nov 21, 2021
Before & After: This Tiny Rental Kitchen Is Full of Affordable DIYs — Including a Really Smart Fridge Hack
Tips from The Kitchn
And it can be changed or updated on a whim!
Nov 12, 2021
Before & After: This Cheap, One-Hour Project Turned a Bland Wall into a Vibrant Dining Nook
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It cost the renters just $70 total!
Oct 27, 2021
Before & After: Smart, Small Fixes Transform This Barely Functional Kitchen for Just $550
Before & After
The countertop upgrade is spot-on!
Oct 17, 2021
5 Smart Storage Tips You Should Steal from This Tiny New York City Apartment Kitchen
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
It's a small space with a big impact!
Oct 16, 2021
The 6 Most Underrated Items at Goodwill — Especially If You’re a Renter
Let's go Goodwill hunting!
Oct 5, 2021
Before & After: This Drab Basement Kitchen Gets a Bold Transformation for Just $1,000
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And it “loosely” falls within rental-friendly guidelines.
Oct 3, 2021
5 of the Best Things to Buy at a Restaurant Supply Store
A frying pan for less than $10? Yes, please.
Sep 15, 2021
5 Easy, Rental-Friendly Upgrades to Prioritize When You’re on a Budget
Tips from The Kitchn
These tips are all even easier to pull off than, say, temporary backsplash tiles!
Sep 16, 2021
The 20 Best Things These Renters Ever Bought for Their Kitchens
Including peel-and-stick floor tiles, an inexpensive spice rack shelf, under-cabinet lighting, and more!
Jun 22, 2021
The $25 Amazon Find That Makes My Rental Kitchen Feel Like an IKEA Catalog
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
It also adds storage space!
Jun 22, 2021
3 Small-Space, Renter-Friendly Junk Drawer Alternatives
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
“Junk drawers are a luxury that some small spaces cannot accommodate."
Apr 14, 2021
Before & After: I Gave My Dining Nook a Renter-Friendly Refresh for Just $381
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It's so much more cheerful now!
Apr 10, 2021
Before & After: Just $300 Later, This Kitchen Looks Brand New
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The renter did it all in just four steps!
Apr 1, 2021
Before & After: This Blah Kitchen’s Stunning DIY Redo Is Full of Smart Hacks
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The oven also got a new look!
Mar 13, 2021
These Kitchens All Got Impressively Awesome Makeovers, Thanks to the Magic of Self-Adhesive Paper
Tips from The Kitchn
Buh-bye, ugly cabinets and countertops!
Mar 7, 2021
This Is the Most Brilliant Breakfast Nook We’ve Ever Seen
Tips from The Kitchn
It's cute, cozy, and offers storage space!
Mar 5, 2021
This $22 DIY Trick Will Bring the Warmest Light into Your Kitchen
Tips from The Kitchn
Up the cozy factor. And block out that ugly wall you're tired of looking at.
Jan 13, 2021
21 Little Ways to Refresh Your Kitchen for 2021
Tips from The Kitchn
Because things that never really bothered us before — ugly countertops, boring walls, unorganized drawers — have found impressive new ways to get under our skin.
Jan 8, 2021
The *One* Thing in My Rental Kitchen That Doesn't Infuriate Me
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
In fact, it sparks sooo much joy.
Dec 16, 2020
Before & After: This Rental Kitchen Got a $700 Vintage-Style Makeover
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Checkered floors for the win.
Dec 5, 2020
Before & After: A Thrifty DIYer Turned This Bleak, Bare-Bones Cookspace into a Fully Functional Kitchen for Just $543
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This is the best makeover we've ever seen. ESPECIALLY when you consider how little she spent!
Nov 14, 2020
IKEA Just Launched a Brilliant (and Gorgeous) New Storage Solution That’s Perfect for Renters
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
It's just $18!
Oct 21, 2020
Before & After: Two Builder-Grade Rental Kitchens Get Amazing Makeovers (with Budget Materials!)
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Because two makeovers are better than one!
Oct 10, 2020
Before & After: This $500 Rental Makeover Was All Possible Thanks to IKEA Hacks and Contact Paper
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It looks so much brighter and cleaner! And has so much more storage.
Oct 4, 2020
Before & After: This $100 Rental Kitchen Redo Has a Million-Dollar Personality
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Let this be a lesson for all renters.
Sep 17, 2020
Before & After: A Drab 1980s Rental Kitchen Gets an Update for Just $250
Before & After
Even the flooring is better now!
Sep 1, 2020
The 30-Second Trick to Faking More Counter Space — Even in a Rental
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
More space for mise en place and drying dishes!
Aug 18, 2020
Before & After: I Gave My Plain, Rental Dining Room a Fancy New Look
Before & After
It's SO glam! And it can all be undone when it's time to move.
Aug 9, 2020
A Dingy, Dated Kitchen Gets an Incredibly Cute Quarantine Update
Before & After
For just $500!
Jul 19, 2020
This Rental Kitchen Got a $300 Makeover and Is No Longer RecognizableKitchen
This is what Tara’s kitchen looked like when she first moved in. Not too pretty, eh? With her landlord’s approval, our friends at Apartment Therapy did a light reno that didn’t cost a lot, but made a major difference in both appearance and function. Spending money on a rental isn’t for everyone — but for those of you who love to cook, have a horrible kitchen, and plan to stay put for a while, then a little investment may well be worth the time and expense.
Jul 16, 2020
10 of the Most Popular Rental Kitchens from Our Friends at Apartment Therapy
Real Kitchens
It's not every day that we're super inspired by a rental kitchen, but today is one of those days.
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: This Bold Renter-Friendly Dining Room Paint Job Will Totally Wow You
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It's gorgeous. And the renter can just take it down whenever she wants!
Jul 12, 2020
Before & After: This $100 Rental Kitchen Redo Has a Million-Dollar Personality
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This kitchen goes from plain to punchy — thanks to a few low-budget tweaks.
Jun 26, 2020
This Rental Apartment Got a Whole New Kitchen Floor, Thanks to Tile Stickers
Renter Solutions
Renters, take note!
Jun 21, 2020
Before & After: A $1000 Rental Kitchen Redo with a Surprising DIY Island
Before & After
The renter even painted the oven!
Jun 20, 2020
The Winner of Apartment Therapy’s Small/Cool Contest Has One Amazing KitchenKitchen
The kitchen actually used to be a bedroom! And the fridge sits where a Murphy bed used to live!
Jun 9, 2020
This Small Apartment Has a Super Cute & Stylish Temporary Kitchen BacksplashKitchen
It's so perfect. And so temporary.
May 31, 2020
5 Things Renters Can Do to Make Galley Kitchens a Million Times Better
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
A real estate agent and a fellow renter share ideas for making galley kitchens feel bigger and a lot more organized.
Apr 2, 2020
Before & After: This Rental Was Transformed with Little More Than Paper, Paint, and Thrift Store Finds
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The counters now look like marble!
Mar 29, 2020
10 Kitchen-Living Room Combos That Actually WorkKitchen
I loved the tiny studio apartment I had with a separate kitchen. After moving to a one-bedroom that exchanged a separate kitchen for a bedroom (this kitchen was a galley along one side of the living room), I came to realize exactly just how much I appreciated a kitchen separate from the living room. But these examples of kitchens in living rooms make it look quite doable, even in less than 200 square feet.
Mar 11, 2020
The Kitchen-Makeover Mistake I Made & Immediately Regretted
Tips from The Kitchn
You guys were right.
Mar 5, 2020
This Is the Single Most Renter-Friendly Thing You'll Find at IKEA
According to a high-ranking IKEA exec.
Mar 2, 2020
Before & After: A Dated 600-Square-Foot New York City Apartment Gets a Beautiful, Low-Cost Upgrade
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The kitchen is so dramatically different!
Feb 15, 2020
5 Useful Dollar Store Items Every Renter Should Have on Hand
According to home maintenance experts!
Feb 3, 2020
Before & After: This $500 French Rental Redo Is Packed with Brilliant Ideas
Before & After
There's even a smart idea for dealing with ugly pipes that you can't move!
Jan 29, 2020
5 Things Every Renter Should Have Under Their Kitchen Sink
Tips from The Kitchn
Vodka made the list!
Jan 17, 2020
Before & After: A $1,000 Rental Kitchen with One Luxe-Looking IKEA Hack
Before & After
It looks so fancy now!
Dec 20, 2019
The Easiest Way to Upgrade Your Rental KitchenKitchen
Why is it that all rental apartment kitchens have terrible lighting? I’m not talking about the nipple-like light fixtures that are curiously commonplace in New York (that’s a whole other story) — I’m talking about the light itself. The harsh light glares at you and you glare right back — or you would if you weren’t squinting. It makes everything look bad, including your food (your Instagram cred is suffering).
Dec 17, 2019
The Right Rug for Your Rental KitchenKitchen
If your rental apartment kitchen floors are anything like mine (slightly iridescent and marble-inspired), they’re not going to win any design awards. And while it’s easy enough to cover up them up — and rugs are a great way to add color and cushion underfoot — many of us are opting for the wrong kind of rug. Here’s how to choose the right rug for your space.
Dec 17, 2019
Should You Replace Your Rental Kitchen Sink Faucet?Kitchen
Even if, best-case scenario, your rental kitchen is brand new, your sink faucet probably isn’t going to win any design awards. But is it worth the money for a new fixture (not to mention the cost of labor) to replace it? The answer, as with so many things, is that it depends. Replacing your kitchen faucet isn’t cheap. First, there’s the fixture itself, which can be pretty pricey.
Dec 17, 2019
The Tiny Upgrade for a More Stylish Rental KitchenKitchen
The one thing my rental apartment kitchen has going for it is that it’s new. When the old tenants moved out, a team of contractors came and removed the ugly floors, cabinets, and countertops and replaced them with new versions — but new in no way equates to modern or cool. My kitchen looks, I imagine, about the same as many rental kitchens out there: beige and bland. If you’re faced with a similar dilemma (i.e.
Dec 17, 2019
The Designer Trick for Disguising Ugly Rental Kitchen CountertopsKitchen
So, your rental kitchen countertops leave something to be desired. Who are you kidding? They’re fill in the blank: ugly, cracked, formica, moldy, all of the above. Replacing them isn’t practical, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with an eyesore in your kitchen day in and day out. This is designer Megan Hopp’s favorite trick for giving those countertops an easy, economic, and — perhaps most importantly — temporary makeover.
Dec 17, 2019
3 Rules for Tricking Out Your Rental KitchenKitchen
Fixing up any space in your home is a challenge, but this is especially true when you’re working with a space, like your kitchen, which needs to be functional. Layer on the fact that your kitchen isn’t your forever kitchen and you may feel like tearing your hair out. Don’t do it! Instead, take a deep breath and follow these rules for making over your rental kitchen. “Focus on the pieces you have,” advises Megan Hopp, a designer for Homepolish.
Dec 17, 2019
5 Easy & Affordable Ways to Trick Out Your Rental KitchenKitchen
Over the years, I’ve experienced my fair share of rental kitchen frustrations, current kitchen not excluded. Faux-marble floors are just the beginning and my last kitchen? The countertop sloped (beware rolling apples). Rental kitchen woes are real. But before you funnel your savings account into a major overhaul, or just slump down on your ugly kitchen floor and weep, consider these tips for tricking out your rental kitchen.
Dec 17, 2019
The First Thing You Should Do in Any New-to-You KitchenKitchen
In my 30-some years of life, I have moved a lot. Like, really a lot. Since I graduated from college, I’ve probably averaged a move every single year. That’s a lot of boxes and bins, a lot of heavy lifting, and a lot of new kitchens.
Dec 17, 2019
This Hidden Amazon Section Is Full of Rental-Friendly Solutions That Are Perfect for Small Spaces
And many are easy on your budget, too!
Oct 17, 2019