Moving into your new apartment can be a bit daunting. Especially if this is your first time moving into your own space! It is a bit easier if you spent your college years living in a dormitory. I also had that advantage. I already had an idea of the stuff that I would need. But when it came to the furniture, and the ‘big’ pieces that I would need, I was clueless.
The biggest constraint when it comes to your first apartment is cash. In most cases you have limited funds. Or if you are like me and want to be an independent individual, you probably have the “I can do this myself” attitude. Which is not a bad thing. It’s just that you should be well prepared for the uphill journey up ahead. And plan everything well.
I created a list of the absolute essentials and I bought those first. For the following months after moving in I added the other pieces. But to ensure that my new apartment did not feel empty for the first few months, I planned out the essentials I would have to buy first. This article will help you make a plan that will work for you when you move into your new apartment.
If you find yourself in a position where you cannot buy everything that you need as soon as possible, you are gonna want to start with the important items first. This is where I come in. I am going to show the main items to focus on for your new apartment. We will go through each room and state the two most important items and what you should take into consideration when buying them.
Also, I will only mention the essentials in this article. To add more personality to your new apartment, and to make it feel more like home you will have to add more personal pieces.
Okay so I will start with the living room because it is my favorite. I also spend so much of the day in it, so it’s important that it looks welcoming.
The major furniture piece for this room is your seating. There are so many options to choose from in this area. Depending on the type of decor style you are going for. These days the most stylish option is the two-seater couch. It has a minimalist vibe. It is also ideal for a small apartment where you do not have the luxury of space. An alternative is the L-shaped couch. It is common among young people. It is perfect for that quick afternoon nap. The downside is that it also requires a more spacious living room.
On the other hand, you could decide to go for an unconventional route with ottomans! These are perfect for the more creative people, the artistic bunch. They look amazing and they give a more spatial feel to a room. They are also a more affordable option when compared to couches.
Okay so this is the category for your television, some kind of sound system or another form of entertainment that you’d like. This is an important part of your living room because according to Joey (from Friends), a TV is where all of your furniture faces. But besides that, it has important for when I need to relax and watch my favorite shows. I also sometimes switch it on for background noise, so that I feel less alone. I am sure I am not the only one who does this.
Anyway, there are so many things to consider when buying a TV. The resolution, screen size and refreshing rates. It can get a bit overwhelming and confusing. When it comes to size, I wanted to go big even though it was my first. I thought I would get the largest size available, which is typically the 55 inch screen. To my surprise, the bigger the screen, the more expensive the TV. So I learnt that I had to find a balance between the size and the quality and brand of the TV set I would choose. When it comes to quality, I researched and found that you should go for one with higher than 4k resolution and 125 Hz refreshing rate. I honestly did not really get what these terms meant, but I can tell you that I am very happy with the TV I finally went for. I eventually had to trade off the screen size for better quality. Check the TV set that I went for. It has been great, however for a TV with a large screen, you should expect to pay $500 or more.
Oh and don’t forget that you will probably need a good looking TV stand to go with it as well. Well unless you decide to mount your TV on the wall.
The bedroom is the place where you go to rest. It is your sanctuary.
The main feature of the bedroom. When it comes to this I choose comfort over everything else. Start your search online and narrow it down to your top three options. Then take these mattresses for a test drive. Try sleeping on them to feel if they would be suitable for you. Also remember that the firmest mattress may not necessarily be the best one for you. So it will be good to try a few out before making a decision.
Beds are supposed to last for a very long time, so you should protect your investment. Do this by purchasing a waterproof mattress protector to avoid stains. Stains will void your warranty. Speaking of which, shop around for a good warranty, so you get the best possible option. Lastly, I would recommend that you look into buying your bed from a shop that specializes in them. They are in the best position to give advice regarding the right bed to go for. You are also more likely to find a high quality bed for a good deal in those stores.
Aside from your bed, the dresser is the next important furniture piece for your bedroom in your new apartment. The dresser is important because it helps create the atmosphere of the room. It is a practical piece of furniture because you can store your personal items in it. On the other hand, it is a decorative item that helps enhance the theme in the room. And they are just great for organizing stuff in your bedroom.
So what do you need to consider when purchasing one? Since it is also a decorative piece, its size should complement the room. Choosing a dresser that is too big just so you have enough storage space is probably not a good idea if your bedroom is not that spacious. On the other hand, you don’t want to get a dresser that is too small and becomes a bit insignificant in the room. Decide on the style that will go with not only bedroom but the your new apartment as a whole. Style refers to the design as well as the color that you go for. You can go for a simple style or for the traditional designs. It’s all up to you really! This is also not a furniture piece that you will replace soon, so pay attention to the quality of the dresser that you buy. But remember that the quality increases with the price, so try and find a balance between the two. Consider buying a dresser with a mirror, as this will add more appeal to the furniture.
The kitchen naturally requires a whole lot of stuff to have it complete. And even then, is it really ever complete? I find myself still adding new utensils and equipment to my kitchen even today. But that might just be because I am obsessed with having the right tool for the job at all times. So I generally have quite a number of specialized equipment. Most apartments these days come furnished with most of the essential things. So this includes a fridge, stove and dishwasher. So I won’t be mentioning these ones here.
The pots and pans that you choose to buy are important. I did not take into consideration the quality of my cookware when I started out, and I found myself in trouble. I paid a fortune for a set but after a few months, they were no longer as non stick as they were in the beginning. But I know I probably could have taken care of them better and they might have lasted a bit longer than they did.
Anyway, consider buying stainless steel cookware because it is more durable than others. Also look into the heat conductivity of the pots. This ensures that your food cooks evenly. Copper cookware conducts heat more effectively than stainless steel. A very important factor to consider is the reactivity of the cookware. With aluminium, some food may absorb the metal. And you definitely don’t want that! Lastly, having all of these factors is great but it all comes at a high price. So shop around to make sure that you get a balance between all of these as well as the price you are willing to pay for them.
Okay so there are many other appliances that should have made this list. But being the coffee lover that I am, this is definitely an essential. You probably agree with me.
Firstly, you might not be that much of a fan as I am. So take count of how many cups of coffee that you drink at home. If it is not that many, then this purchase may not be for you.
But if you are on the other end of this spectrum, and you are a coffee lover, then a coffee maker might be the single most important appliance for your new apartment. When buying one you need to consider a few things so that you make sure you get one that is right for you.
Consider the brewing temperature because this ultimately determines the greatness of the taste of your coffee. Ideally, you want aim for a temperature between 197°F to 205°F. Look into other special features that will benefit your lifestyle. If you need coffee as you wake up, you might want one that automatically starts and can be set the night before. Think about the carafe you prefer. This will determine how long the coffee is kept warm and the smell of the coffee as it is being brewed. If having the smell of coffee filling your new apartment, consider getting an open-aired one. A very important point to consider is how easy is to clean. If it is a great pain to clean up, you will have a problem later on. Lastly, shop around to find the best one at the best price.
What about the rest?
So I have mentioned the top two items that you will require for the main rooms in your new apartment. These were chosen based on their importance as well as based on how expensive they are.
There are definitely many many more essentials to consider for your new home. But they either are easy to purchase, and are not long term investments. The purpose of this article is to explain what you should consider when buying the big items.
So what about the rest? Don’t worry I’ve got your back. I have made the ultimate checklist with every essential for your new apartment specially for you. You can check off the items as you go along. It will help you remember everything so you make better plans to purchase everything. I had the issue of having unexpected expenses creep up and I felt like I was still moving in four months after actually moving in!
But you don’t have to worry about that because this checklist covers that problem.
One last tip…
Be careful to not fall into a trap of buying all of the smaller items all at once at a later stage. The expense of the small items adds up really quickly. I remember thinking that I will just pop in store and buy everything I need for the kitchen. I ended up spending more than twice what I had budgeted. Also, shop around and get the best quality items at a good price.
I wish all the best on this journey, and if you have any questions just connect with me via email, or leave a comment below.