3 Furniture Pieces You'll Need in Your First Apartment

By Kaitlin Hurtado on December 28, 2017

This article is brought to you by CORT Furniture Rental. We take the hassle out of furnishing your new place so you can do more important things like read this article. Learn more about why furniture rental is the best way to get a great looking apartment.

Getting your very own apartment for the first time may seem like the best idea ever – you get to decorate, live with friends (possibly), and gain plenty of freedom. However, many fail to realize how expensive it may be to get your first apartment. There are little things to pay for, like renter’s insurance or security deposits that people tend to skip over when thinking of the bigger picture. One of the things that many people tend to take into account when looking at financing for their first apartment is filling their apartment with furniture.

While you can dream of the perfectly decorated apartment, your financial situation may beg to differ. More likely than not, you’ll end up with mismatched furniture when you are just searching for the biggest bargain. If you think you aren’t going to be able to furnish your apartment because of a small budget, here are furniture items you’ll absolutely need when it comes to your first apartment.

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A desk 

You may think you can get away with studying on the floor or your bed, but it’s best to have a space dedicated to studying as a college student. Studying in bed may seem like a great idea at first. You get to sit in the middle of a pile of blankets and pillows. You have a perfectly cushioned seat. However, studying in bed is actually a bad idea.

You can get distracted enough studying in a public space by ending up watching YouTube videos instead of typing up an essay, and studying on your bed can make you all the more relaxed and ready to fall asleep in the middle of a study session.

Having a desk can provide you with more than just a study space. You can use the desk as an eating area if you don’t have an actual dining table in your apartment. You can use it as a makeup desk. Depending on the desk you end up getting, you can even utilize it for storage if it has additional shelves or drawers to store school supplies, medicine, or beauty items.

A bed frame 

Many people settle for just throwing a mattress on the floor and calling it a day when it comes to furnishing their bedroom, but having a bed frame can really tie your bedroom together. If you just throw you mattress on the floor, you’re throwing away precious storage space. Having a raised bed frame allows you to organize the bottom to fit your storage needs. If you want one with built-in storage consider getting a bed frame that comes with built-in pull-out drawers, however, make sure to plan your room layout before hand to avoid making the drawers hard to access just because they are blocked be your desk or bedside table.

If you want to maximize storage space, consider getting a bunk bed if you have multiple roommates or a loft bed if you just want to save space. By having a loft bed, you gain the floor space you would lose if you just had your mattress on the floor or even a regular bed frame close to the floor. You can easily fit a decently-sized desk and dresser underneath a loft bed frame, leaving you more floor space to for more storage space or just a cleaner floor plan.

A storage unit in one form 

If you’re lucky enough to have a single, there is less of a chance of you running out of storage in your room as you will not have to worry about splitting precious closet space. However, if you are sharing storage space with multiple people, you may not have room for all of your belongings.

Instead of forcing your way to get a bigger share of the storage space or leaving your things spread throughout the apartment, consider getting a form of storage to organize your belongings. If you know your wardrobe requires more clothes to get hung up instead of folded, buy a clothing rack to take care of your clothes properly. Clothing racks can also double as a decoration if you go with a certain color scheme or set of textures to display.

If you are fine with folding your clothes, get a dresser or shelving unit to properly store your clothes. A dresser allows you to have your belongings completely hidden – meaning you can be disorganized with unfolded clothes without anyone knowing, but may struggle to find the specific shirt you’ll need for a club event. A shelving unit will allow you to use the storage space as more than just a way to store clothes. You can stack folded clothes on one shelf, and your school textbooks or bits and bobs on the next.

Looking for an easy way to furnish your off-campus apartment? Renting furniture from CORT saves you time and money. See how easy it is to get great looking furniture without breaking the bank.

By Kaitlin Hurtado

Uloop Writer
Hello! I'm Kaitlin, a second year Literary Journalism major at UC Irvine. I'm a writer on Uloop's national team and a campus editor for UCI.

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