How can I cover a rental wall?

q cover rental wall
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  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Mar 17, 2020

    I would create a curtain wall to cover that. Hang some curtains from the ceiling or you could make it look like a window in the apartment. that is an easy fix when you are leaving and need to take it down.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Mar 17, 2020

    It could be painted if allowed.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Mar 17, 2020

    Get woodgrain contact paper to put on the wall you could all ways remove the paper.

  • Rebecca Taylor Rebecca Taylor on Mar 17, 2020

    Hi, they make a lot of different peel and stick tile. You can get it in just about any pattern and they even have them in a wood look. They come off by heating with a blow dryer.

  • Janice Janice on Mar 17, 2020

    How about covering it with fabric. A heavy upholstery fabric in a design you love could be "tacked" to the top corners and bottom corners and liven up the area while covering the raw wood. You might also purchase a thin sheet of metal and cut to fit, install with screws in four corners and use it as a magnetic bulletin board. In that way you'll be sure to get your damage deposit back when you leave, if you paid one. Also, depending upon your landloard, they may welcome you suggesting a more permanent fix such as dry-walling or texturing the area. Never hurts to ask! :)

  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Mar 17, 2020

    Ikea...make sure it is okay with your landlord to do something before making plans or spending money. I would probably add cork board on half and use a chalk board for other part and if need contact paper.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Mar 17, 2020

    I would ask the landlord to do something about it since it is his responsibility

    • Garfie Garfie on Mar 19, 2020

      Actually the landlord did what he is suppose to, closed the hole. Granted folks in their right mind would have painted it to protect the wood. If this is in your kitchen, I suggest you put a mold protector on first regardless what you do.

      Depending what's be hind that board, if another wall, I would remove the front board and i sert a back cover board creating a 3" deep cabinet. Add shelves, up top and close in with black board or cork or both. That way you get a spice rack, etc and communication center. Or a mini office if you put a desk in front of it.

      Ask the landlord's permission first. Otherwise, put a mural on it. Make the mural on a thin board and hang over the door patch. Then when you move, take it with you.

      In the future, don't rent from landlord's without pride in himself nor respect for thier renter. Best to you.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 17, 2020


    Was thinking about a bamboo shade, leave it in the down position. For attachment use Command Strips.

    Maybe a drawing from someone who is talented that could go the full length of the panel.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Mar 17, 2020

    You could staple cloth over it. However, it seems likely the landlord would be okay with you painting as long as they get approval of the color.

  • What if you found an old door and made it a hall tree to cover it?

  • on Mar 17, 2020

    What about a large painting hung there? If you aren’t up to making one - you often see large prints on Facebook marketplace.

  • William William on Mar 17, 2020

    Looks like it was a doorway. Contact paper, peel and stick wallpaper, peel and stick wall tile, cover with fabric. Get permission from landlord.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Mar 17, 2020

    Hello. I would consider stapling some pretty fabric on the panel. Sometimes if you can find the right one —-a Shower curtain can be an option- an inexpensive choice if yardage at the fabric store is not budget friendly.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 17, 2020

    Hi there,

    All of the above + maybe Cork tiles or a blackboard.....Best wishes.

  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 17, 2020

    I would try to blend that ugly mess with a wood paneling wallpaper to get it match as close as possible...

    or go to Lowes or Home Depot and pick up a sheet of wood paneling to match. Take the white trim off and use construction adhesive to get it on seam to seam.

  • Judy Sideb Judy Sideb on Mar 18, 2020

    Find some material, bed sheets are a good weight and you have an endless choice of color and patterns. Measure the wall you want to cover and try to find your fabric large enough to cover. If it is too large just cut to size. No need to hem as the starch will prevent fraying. Soak the fabric in liquid starch (you can find it in the laundry section of your grocery store or any of the big box stores). Once you have the piece of material completely wet squeeze the material to remove the excess starch. Now is when it might be good to have help although I have done this alone. Start in an upper corner of your wall and press the wet fabric to the wall going across the top of the wall. All you do is press the fabric on the wall and smooth with your hands as you go. It is like wallpaper but no need for the tools. Once it is dry it will look like wallpaper. The best part? When you move you just start at a corner edge and loosen. As soon as you have a piece big enough to grab just rip it off the wall. Your wall will have no trace of it and will be as clean as when you moved in. Another decor idea is to soak doilies in liquid starch and place them on your walls as highlights. The only time I ever has a problem with the fabric pulling away was when I used it in a bathroom. I just reset the area with starch and put it back. One suggestion: find a plastic tub to use for soaking the material. You can save the starch for later. You don't have to worry about the fabric getting wrinkled. It will be smoothed out when you out it up. Happy renting!

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Mar 19, 2020

    I think fabric or removable vinyl would be a great way to cover that area. You can turn it into something you actually like looking at. There are some great ideas here:

  • Dee Dee on Mar 19, 2020

    There are peel and stick tiles or wallpaper. You can install and remove if needed.

  • I wonder if they would let you paint. It would be doing them a favor! If you do, use a good primer like this: It's shellac-based and will be great for blocking the wood grain from showing through and getting the paint to stick to the smooth surface. I would paint it a nice bright white. Good luck!

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Mar 21, 2020

    Hi there, peel and stick vinyl tiles are always a great choice for a rental apartment or home. They're easy to use, they come in a wide variety of colors and patterns and they're light weight so if you order on-line you're shipping costs won't be too expensive. Here's a great video that will show you just how easy they are to apply -

  • Maura White Maura White on Mar 22, 2020

    Is that a door in the center? Can you ask if you can paint it? (at least just the section in the center? Or put some awesome artwork to cover it?

  • TheHoneycombHome TheHoneycombHome on Mar 22, 2020

    Definitely paint it all the same color and/or try some removable wallpaper on that flat section.