A rug adds personality -- even if it's on top of your apartment's old carpet
What you'll need: A rug (she recommends Overstock for online shopping or discount home stores like T.J.Maxx, Home Goods, or Cost Plus World Market), rug pad
Total time it takes: An afternoon of shopping
"I already have carpet on my floors," you might be saying. This still applies to you, hombre. "Having a rug adds more color and interest [to the room], and makes it look fancier than just a rental carpet," Chavoor says. "And then that rug will also protect the carpet underneath it, which could save you some money when you move." If you have hardwood floors, it both protects your floors and makes sure your downstairs neighbor won't try to have you murdered for making so much noise when you walk.
When you get a rug, don't skimp on the rug pad. "Lay it down first -- it should be almost as big as your rug." And it keeps your rug from sliding.
You can score a cheap new lamp with spray paint & a thrift store run
What you'll need: Spray paint, lampshades (Target/IKEA have good options), newspapers (to put the lamp on when you spray paint outside), and an old lamp
Total time it takes: An afternoon plus "as long as it takes the paint to dry"
This might be our favorite tip because it costs very little money, takes almost no effort, and makes you look like a creative genius. Just go to a thrift store and buy an old lamp -- but ditch the lampshade -- spray paint the lamp whatever color you want, and buy a new lampshade.
Here's how Chavoor says to spray paint a lamp with as little hassle as possible: "Put some newspapers down outside. Put the cord into a plastic baggie and tape it shut so you're not spraying your cord. Go nuts with the can of spray paint. Hit it with a coat. Wait for it to dry (about an hour), and check for any patches. Hit it with a second coat, and you're good." Congrats on becoming a poor man's Martha Stewart!
Lee Breslouer is a senior writer for Thrillist and knows about living in tiny-ass apartments. Follow him to extra storage space: @LeeBreslouer.