How To Furnish Your First Apartment

Deciding how to furnish your first apartment can be an equally fun and challenging experience. Trying to make sure you get everything you need, and that it all works well together, is a tough task – especially when you haven’t done it before. Furnishing your apartment is about more than just decorating, it determines everything from how you settle into your new place to how much you enjoy living there.

With that in mind, it’s important to put a lot of thought into how you furnish your first apartment. Everything needs to fit, look good, and suit your budget (which is as important as anything else). Learning how to furnish your first apartment with a small budget is a vital skill when you’re just starting out.

If you’re stuck on how to furnish your first apartment, you should break the process down into separate parts and create a “furnishing your apartment” checklist. This is how to furnish an apartment on a tiny budget. First, make a list of all the rooms you need to fill, and then list the items each room needs. With this method, you can furnish an apartment inexpensively by organizing your purchases effectively.

How To Furnish Your First Apartment

These tips for furnishing your first apartment will help you to find everything you need without going over your budget.


It’s best to buy quality furnishings for the bedroom because going “cheap” will just cost you more in the long run. You spend a third of your life in this room. Make it comfortable!

When choosing a bed frame, you can’t go wrong with this popular iron bed frame by Christopher Knight. It comes in all kinds of sizes and has customizable finishes to suit your decor.For a good night’s sleep at a good price, try this Aloe Gel Memory Foam Mattress. It offers great back support and has a number of modern features common in more expensive brands.

Bedding is easy –  this super comfortable sheet set is an excellent, inexpensive purchase and available in a vast selection of colors. Finally, no bedroom is complete without a dresser and this 4 drawer chest is the perfect blend of quality and affordability. You need a place to store your clothes or you’ll be living out of a suitcase.Living Room

Comfort is the number one priority in your living area. This two seat fabric sofa is excellently priced and is fashionable enough to liven up any room. You’ll also need a coffee table and TV stand. This Christopher Knight collection coffee table is perfect and will match any decor. You want a coffee table that will also serve as a place to eat meals, especially if you’re living alone. When you’re looking for a TV stand, you need one that’s well sized, has good storage, and looks good – this TV stand has an industrial look fits the bill quite nicely. A lamp will help to complete the room, and we love this natural light floor lamp. A lot of apartments don’t have it’s own lighting in the living room. Unless you like sitting in the dark, you’ll need a lamp. 

Finally, round out the room with this reclining leather club chair. It’s ideal for relaxing and watching your TV. Not everything in your first apartment needs to be practical. A good chair is a cool luxury to have!

Home Office

You’ll want a work space even if you don’t work from home. A “home office” might be too much, but a work space is a necessity. This wooden desk is perfect for your computer, paperwork and other work items. This Yorktown Industrial Bookcase is perfect for storing supplies and keeping organized.


The kitchen has some unavoidable big purchases but, if you’re clever, they’ll last you for years.

This kitchen table is excellently priced and is really high quality. Add these kitchen chairs and you’ll have a very nicely furnished kitchen in no time at all. Of course, not all first apartments have room for a kitchen table, which is why that living coffee table is crucial to get right!

These tips on how to furnish your first apartment will make sure you get the job done without breaking the bank! Send us your pictures of your first apartment on our Facebook or Twitter pages. I’d love to see what you’ve done with the place. Maybe you’ll inspire a fellow CKH follower with a decorating idea!