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Apartment Essentials: Things You Need For Your First Apartment 

You finally did it! You got the keys and are standing in your first apartment. While you’re moving in clothes and photos, you may realize that you’re missing a few pieces. 

Getting everything you need for your first apartment can be overwhelming. So we’ve created this guide of apartment essentials to help you get all of the things you need for your first apartment. 


Your bedroom will be your sanctuary in your first apartment. You may also be living with roommates and if that’s the case, you’ll need to make your bedroom the perfect space to relax and unwind. You probably moved in with a bed and some clothes, but here are some other essentials you should have in your bedroom. 

Dresser or Organizer

Invest in a good dresser or clothing organization system. If you don’t have a closet, a dresser or open closet can help you keep everything in line. To stay even more organized, you can try dresser organizers to keep your T-shirts and socks in the right place. 

Cozy Accents 

To make your bedroom homier, try adding cozy accents. Instead of just having a plain bedspread and pillows, get yourself some decorative pillows. This will help liven up your space and make it more comfortable to hang out in. 

The next piece is a throw blanket. Throw blankets make excellent decorative pieces for a bed set up. And they’re super cozy for movie nights.


A nightstand can transform your bedroom setup. Add a decorative lamp and your nighttime essentials and you’ll never want to be without one again. 

If you’re looking for more inspiration for your bedroom, check out this extensive guide for bedroom essentials

Living Room 

Your first apartment living room is your time to shine as an interior designer. Here are the essentials you need to create the perfect living room.


The centerpiece of your living room is going to be your couch. If you enjoy entertaining and having friends over, consider getting an L-shaped couch that can fit all of your friends. If you don’t have as much room, an average-sized couch with the addition of chairs can make the space more functional. 

Coffee Table 

A coffee table will help bring your living room space together. You can show off your personality with your coffee table too. Go classic with solid wood or make it interesting with something more decorative. 

Many coffee tables also have extra storage. This is the perfect place to hide extra blankets, phone chargers, remotes, or games in your living space. 


It’s your first apartment, so you probably aren’t going in for cable. But having a TV is a great way to stream your favorite shows. You can also host events like movie nights or super bowl parties if you have a TV in your living room. 


The perfect thing to bring your whole living room together is a nice rug. If your furniture ends up being on the simple side, you can add a pop of personality to your space with your rug. 


In your first apartment, your kitchen may be the most challenging room to fully stock. Luckily, your apartment will come with a fridge, microwave, stove, and all the big stuff. So you just have to worry about the essentials that will make your kitchen functional 


In your new kitchen, consider investing in a good dish set. You can find nice and sturdy sets from stores like Target as a start. Make sure that you have enough dishes to host a dinner. Even if you’re living alone, you want to make sure your guests aren’t eating on paper plates if you like hosting events. 

Cooking and Baking Pieces 

Your first apartment is the place where you can start experimenting with new meals. If you’re on a budget, you know that cooking at home can save you money. You’re going to want to make sure you have pots and pans to cook with. As well as utensils like spatulas and tongs. 

Even if you don’t bake much you should also have baking wares like baking dishes and mixing bowls. You don’t want to be stuck with a craving for something sweet and not be able to whip it up in your kitchen. 

Glasses and Mugs 

You will end up going through glasses and mugs quickly in your apartment. Make sure to stock up your shelves with enough glasses to last you a week. And don’t forget to display your favorite mugs!


You always end up needing lots of bits and bobs for the bathroom, but here are the essentials. 

Shower Curtain 

A cute shower curtain makes the theme of your bathroom and keeps it dry and clean from any drips from the shower. Make sure you also get shower curtain rings to hang up your new curtain.

Bath Towels 

You will want to have bath towels and hand towels for your apartment. Having extras is a great idea if you expect to have visitors too. 

Cleaning Supplies 

You should make sure you have cleaning supplies for every room in your new apartment. But in the bathroom, there are specific cleaners you can get for bath and shower to keep them shiny and clean. You should also invest in general supplies for your aparmtnet like a vacuum cleaner, duster and dish soap.


Getting your first apartment is a big milestone in anyone’s life. So make sure you take the steps you need to make it your own. And get these essentials to have a fully functional and comfortable place to call home. 

Cary Grant
Cary Grant
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