When you’re furnishing your apartment for the first time, you get to make everything in your home have your own personal touch. But it can also be an overwhelming and expensive endeavor if you try to do everything at once.
If you’re on a budget, you want to make sure the essentials get taken care of right away. To cover absolutely everything from scratch can cost thousands of dollars. However, if you hit the main pieces first, you can always load up on the rest over time.
Before you head out to the store to shop without a plan, start by making a list of your priorities.
What do you have to have, and what can you live without?
You’ll always have time to decorate later. Think about functionality.
You need some basics, like:
Somewhere to sleep
Bathroom and hygiene essentials
Somewhere to sit
As you search for quality furnishings, you can still find a great deal as long as you stick to your list. These five modern pieces of furniture and accessories need to be on your “must-have” budget!
Your first allocation of online furniture money should go straight to your solid wood bed. Solid Sheesham wood, Mango Wood, Acacia wood beds are the best choice in terms of natural material, comfort, strength, and design, etc.
When you pick out your new mattress measure the bed mattress size. As you shop, remember that you don’t have to sacrifice quality for cost. Modern solid wood bed manufacturers know there is a demand for comfort, quality, and storage. If space is a concern, look for a frame that includes drawers and shelves.
2. The Bathroom Necessities
Have you ever tried showering without a curtain?
If not, it’s not advisable. It’s cold, messy, and just plain not fun.
A shower curtain is an essential thing to buy ASAP. In the bathroom, there are a few other necessities, too.
Add these must-haves to your shopping list when you’re furnishing your apartment:
Shower curtain liner and hooks
Bath and hand towels
Toilet paper and a holder if there isn’t one already
Small trash can
If you know you’ll want to get unpacked quickly and get organized, add a bathroom stand for over-the-toilet storage.
3. Kitchen Essentials
Even if you don’t cook much, you need some necessities unless you plan on eating takeout for every meal.
As far as eating utensils, it’s easy to stock up on paper plates and disposable forks. But in the long run, it’s going to be much cheaper to get a set of kitchenware.
At least one pot and pan and a few food containers round out the dishware must-haves. A serving spoon, spatula, and colander give you everything you need to cook pretty much anything.
Don’t forget to add dish towels, a potholder or two, and a trash can to your kitchen essentials list!
4. Lots of Storage ( Sideboard)
As you unpack your things, you don’t want to shove them under the bed or in a corner. You want to go ahead and get them where they need to go.
Breaking it down room by room, the most effective furnishings for the quickest organization would include:
A dresser in the bedroom
A bookshelf or shelves in the living room
A pantry in the kitchen/dining room, which could be a hutch or wooden cabinet
Under-the-bed and closet totes help get the extras out of sight until you’re ready to deal with them.
5. A Sitting Area
If you plan to have company or relax in your living room and binge-watch TV, you need a sitting area.
Living room essentials range depending on your comfort level and what you plan to do in the space. You don’t have to have a full-sized couch, although that’s the most common piece of furniture in a living room.
Apartments tend to be smaller, so if you have limited room, a futon, loveseat, or recliner work just fine. For extra seating and maximum space, an ottoman or bar stool can do the trick.
If you choose the right TV stand, it can double as storage, too. It doesn’t have to be big; it just has to have shelf space. A narrow, wide entertainment stand can hold a big television, lots of framed pictures, and your electronics.
You can turn your sitting room into a relaxing sanctuary with a comfy chair, a TV cabinet, and a solid wood coffee table. Your accessories can come later!
Shopping for your apartment while focusing on functionality and efficiency helps you pick the main pieces you’ll use. That way, you’ll get essentials instead of things you think you’re “supposed” to have but will be useless.
Buy these modern pieces first, and you’ll fill your apartment with necessities. You can focus on decor and accessorizing later!
Adam Marshall is a freelance writer who specializes in all things apartment organization, real estate, and college advice. He currently works with Grove at Ft. Collins to help them with their online marketing.