Home Improvement

4 DIY Condo Hacks You Can Work On

Improving your small space can be easy with these tips

Original Article: Cecil Jusi-Baltasar Photography: Daily Dream Decor and At Home (Main Photos)

We’re sure that those who’ve just moved into a new home are in the process of adjusting to additional responsibilities like paying the bills, taking note of monthly dues, and other important matters related to having your own space.

Since we’re always on the lookout for ways on how to save on home improvement costs, you may want to get started on a DIY route instead. A few hacks here and there can go a long way—especially if you want to personalize your home and make it stand out. Take note of these reminders from homeowners we've met:

1. Work around a theme.

When it comes to decorating and completing the space, it can be easier if you have a theme in mind. This would make it easier for you to collate pegs from magazines and websites, source for pieces, and do the actual shopping. To make it simpler, you can showcase your theme through décor like wall art, accessories, and other daily essentials.

2. Turn photos into wallpaper.

Have you ever experienced an instance wherein your preferred print or pattern isn’t available in stores? As an alternative, you can look for free photos online then have it enlarged and turned into a DIY sticker/wallpaper. You can also use travel or scenic photographs that you already have.

3. Dress up a mirror.

Mirrors are go-to solutions when homeowners want to create an illusion of space. Keep in mind not place it in front of a busy area to avoid a cluttered and cramped look. To keep it from looking too plain, you can decorate the frame with decals and paint. Doing so will give you an instant wall art too!

4. Go for something unexpected.

Some think that condo units look the same—it has a standard layout with ordinary furniture. Turn your small space into a memorable haven by adding a few unexpected touches that create an impact. It can be a makeshift reading nook featuring towers of books, a sliding glass door in the bathroom, and even pipes turned into shelves that also work as conversation starters.

Inspired by a snippet that originally appeared on the March 2016 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your  digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

PHOTOS (in order): Daily Dream Decor | Ogu | Horchow | At Home: A Blog by Joanna Gaines

More on

5 Condo Renovation Tips

Expert Advice: 6 Easy Ways to Improve Your Condo on a Budget

Expert Advice: 6 Quick Styling Tips For Your First Home Makeover


Latest Stories

8 Properties That Will Make You Want to Move to Pampanga ASAP

When it comes to investing in real estate, Pampanga is the place to be right now

Team Kramer Gives A Tour of Their New Home

The house will have an elevator, an infinity pool, and a classroom for the kids

17 Important Loan Terms That You Should Know

Buying a house? Here’s an A-to-T glossary of financial terms that won’t leave you in the dark.

A Loft-Type Bachelor Pad Found Inside a Family Home

The owner worked with interior designer Erika Uichanco to transform an ordinary bedroom into a remarkable, condo-like personal space

This Hostel in Makati Has Calming Bedrooms Perfect for Staycations

The bonus? You get design ideas for the different rooms in your house, too!

Lazada Plans to Launch an Online Grocery This Year

Shopping for the home will be easier as the e-commerce startup aims to build cold storage hubs in Metro Manila and nearby provinces

What Kind of Furniture Do Millennials Look For?

Are they all about aesthetics or do they care about functionality, too?

The Ultimate Kamuning Shopping Guide

Once the go-to place for affordable fabric and tailoring, this Quezon City district is now a happening place and a treasure trove of hip vintage stores, cool furniture shops, and more

14 Baguio And Ilocos Destinations To Visit On a Summer Weekend

The beginning of summer vacation is the perfect time to head up north! Here are fun and easy places to visit and shop at.

Beautiful And Functional Ways To Decorate A Bi-Level Home

Maximize every nook and cranny of your humble abode with these ideas

These Captivating Facades Will Make You Stop and Stare

Modern, charming, and minimalist—these homes sure know how to catch your attention

These Millennials Restore Heritage Sites In Intramuros And Bohol

This amazing foundation teaches construction and restoration skills to the youth, who in turn help protect Philippine heritage sites
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!