Moving into your first apartment is a major milestone. The freedom it affords can be both exciting and overwhelming, especially when it comes to furnishing the space. The dream of throwing cool cocktail parties is often met with the cold, hard reality of renting and outfitting 700 square feet of blank space. Keeping budget, space requirements, and practicality in mind, here is a first apartment checklist of must-haves that will help make your new abode a space you can be proud of:
1. An affordable bedroom set.
It’s time to get that mattress off the floor and be done with the mismatched side tables and dressers. Bedroom sets provide valuable storage and a cohesive style that will last you a long time. This Loft 5 piece queen bedroom set is simple but contemporary and gives you everything you need for one low price: a six-drawer dresser, mirror, queen bed with headboard, footboard, and bedrails. The extra details — cutouts in the headboard, glass-topped dresser, and geometric drawer pulls will give your bedroom furniture a sophisticated look worthy of your newfound independence.
2. A high-quality mattress.
If you are going to splurge, this is the purchase to do it on. A good night’s sleep is key to your physical and mental health. While it may be tempting to go with a less expensive option, you will likely need to replace a lower-quality mattress in a few years’ time. Our Beautyrest Recharge Ultra Cecilia Plush Pillow Top mattress combines Beautyrest® Pocketed Coil Technology, AirCool® Gel Memory Foam and SurfaceCool Fiber that conforms to your shape, offering a new level of support, comfort, and temperature management. Don’t go cheap on the mattress. Your back will thank you.
3. A sofa.
Second to your bed, you will likely spend the bulk of your time at home on your sofa. While it may be tempting to invest in a sectional that can accommodate all of your pals, it might be wiser to purchase a sofa that can move with you. Our Zack Sleeper is stylish, contemporary, durable, comfortable, and is smaller-scaled. As a bonus, it pulls out into a bed, so out-of-towners can stay comfortably with you, even without a designated guest room.
4. Extra seating.
Entertaining guests can be tricky in small spaces, so investing in furniture that can perform multiple functions, such as an ottoman or bench, is key. The Amaze Cocktail Table from The RoomPlace is the perfect solution to entertaining in tight spaces. It comes with four ottomans that easily tuck under the table when not in use. Set on casters, they offer easy movement and come in four different colors to add some interest and distinction.
5. TV and surround sound.
Today’s smart TVs can serve as a complete entertainment center in one, with the ability to stream content, listen to music, or watch a photo slideshow all on your single screen. A smart LED flat-screen TV hangs neatly on a wall and doesn’t require bulky cable boxes, DVD players, and all of the requisite cords.
Don’t let the challenge of furnishing your new apartment overwhelm you. At The RoomPlace, you can Get It All: a bedroom set, mattress, sofa, ottoman, and smart TV, all for a low price. With affordable pricing, frequent Web specials, and flexible financing options, you won’t break the bank or your back (delivery is included). Order online or visit our Chicago furniture store for total-room concepts that will help you visualize your new space. Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook, too, so you never miss a deal or design tip to decorate your new digs.