Moving out on your own for the first time is exciting — but also a little scary. You’re becoming independent, but you also have to take care of your own expenses. Finding your first apartment means making a lot of decisions on your own — from creating a budget to deciding whether you want to share your space with a roommate. Once you’ve signed your lease, you have more choices to make — like finding the perfect furniture to fit your space.
How to Furnish Your First Apartment
The most important part of being self-sufficient in your first apartment is making sure you have all the essential furniture and other items you need to live on your own. When you’re just starting out, you may have a few things leftover from college or some pieces your parents might give you. However, you may still need more to fill out your space. Figuring out how to furnish an apartment from scratch may seem overwhelming, but there are ways to make it easier.
How you buy furniture depends on your budget. If you can, splurge on a few high-quality items you know will last many years. If you’re shopping on a budget, try visiting secondhand stores and rummage sales. You’ll likely find some good items for a lot cheaper than full-priced stores. No matter your budget, it’s always a good rule of thumb to only buy necessities first. If you tried buying furniture for an entire apartment all at once, it would be a big cost. Get what you really need first, then pick up other items as you go along. Calculate furniture costs into your monthly budget. Decide that you’ll buy one new thing each month or save a particular amount each month until you’ve saved up for what you want and need.
When you’re buying furniture, measure the sizes of your rooms. You don’t want to buy a piece of furniture only to realize it doesn’t fit or is way too big. This will make furniture shopping a lot easier. Take a tape measure while you’re shopping in stores to measure some of the pieces you’re considering. You’ll have a better idea of how they will fit into your space. If you can, you should also measure the doorways and hallways you’ll be maneuvering your furniture through. Make sure you can get everything out when you move to a new place later on.
The best way to make furniture buying decisions is to make a list. Organize it by room, and highlight your priority items. This can give you a better idea of what you may already have and what you need to get first. Here’s a checklist to get you started.
First Apartment Furniture Checklist
- TV stand
- Coffee table
- End tables
- Bed frame
- Mattress and box spring
- Laundry hamper
- Set of 4 chairs
- Trash cans (for all rooms)
- Desk and chair
Find Your First Apartment With Triple Crown Corporation
With a wide variety of homes and communities in Central PA, Triple Crown Corporation is the perfect place to start life on your own. For more information about our rental opportunities and to look at floor plans, contact us today! You can also view our rental communities online.