When you move out of your parents home into your first apartment, you need to get some furnishings so that your place will actually have something in it. Besides your basic bedroom furniture, most don’t have anything else. However, at this point you may have just gotten your first job and it would be unwise to spend money on lavish items or something you dont really need. Below we will discuss some tips that will help you furnish your apartment with the basics that you do need to have and will not burn a hole in your pocket.
Try to go and find good used and cheap furniture. You don’t really need something fancy or nice at this point in time. You will upgrade at a later date when you find what you are really wanting to have and when you are more financially able to do so. Use free sites like Craigslist to find local cheap furnishings. But be careful when contacting Craigslist sellers as many frauds have been reported.
Another good idea is to check at apartment complexes at the end of each semester as college students are looking to get rid of items that they can’t transport back home. Garage sales in your neighborhood are also good places to visit. You can often get something dirt cheap but still in excellent condition.
Go for modular furniture. This type of furniture can be used in a variety of spaces and shapes. There are two advantages. Each piece is light weight which makes them easier to move and fit into your car if you have to ever move across town to a new place. Also it can be set up in many different ways meaning it will fit whatever spaces that you do end up living in at some point in time.
Don’t make the mistake of putting too much inside. Many do this and make the apartment look cluttered. Get the basics that you need and live with those for a while. Get more at a later date if you really feel the need to use something else.
Look up an apartment checklist online. Many of these will have detailed lists of things that you might need. Going over the list will give you a good idea of what to do.
Get rid of the extra stuff you have right now. You can sell or give it away so your apartment will have more room.