What Furniture to Buy When Renting Your First Apartment


Not sure what furniture you’ll need when renting your first apartment? Before buying new furniture, you’ll want to create an apartment furniture checklist that can help you stick to the essentials. Below, we share some first apartment furniture ideas to help you get started! When furnishing your first apartment, you can purchase a living room set or mix-and-match pieces to get the perfect layout for your style.

Living Room

Entertainment Center

Ditch the basic TV stand for a more versatile entertainment center in your apartment. This functional living room piece typically comes with open-faced shelving or cabinet storage, allowing you to store video game consoles, board games, movies, routers, and even unsightly electrical cords.

Couch & Chairs

There are plenty of options for apartment living room sofas and chairs. It just depends on how much space you have! You might consider a sectional couch to get more seating or a convertible sofa to accommodate overnight guests. For a smaller living room layout, you could opt for a love seat with an accent chair. And don’t forget about ottomans—these can be used as footstools, additional seating, and even hidden storage.

Coffee Table & End Tables

A coffee table is an essential living room furniture piece. Not only does it provide you with a space to hold drinks, books, magazines, remote controls, and more, but coffee tables often come with additional storage space as well. Depending on your living room layout, you might also look at getting end tables to set beside a sofa or chairs, where you can set up phone chargers, lamps, and more.


Bed Frame & Mattress Set

For most first-time apartment renters, a bed is the most important purchase. You can find all kinds of bed frames, including platform bed frames, trundle bed frames, lofted bed frames, and more. And depending on how much space you have, you’ll have your pick of mattress sizes like queen, king, and California king. Look for headboards with storage, too, as this can help you get hidden bedroom storage.


A small nightstand may not seem necessary at first, but having a space within arm’s reach to keep items like phones, books, and lamps will definitely come in handy. Keep an eye out for nightstands with drawers or shelving that provide additional storage space.


Don’t have a bedroom closet in your apartment? A dresser will be an essential item. This bedroom furniture gives you a convenient place to store clothing, accessories, and more. Many apartment-dwellers also use dressers for bedroom TVs or as a place to store bedroom decor.

Kitchen Furniture

Whether your new apartment has a galley kitchen, one-wall kitchen, or anything in between, choosing the best furniture for your space while meeting your needs is important. Some small kitchen layouts don’t have enough space for every piece of kitchen furniture, so measure your area and decide what works best!

Dining Table & Chairs

A small dining set in your kitchen provides space for meals, working from home, and entertaining space. Make sure the set doesn’t take up too much space so you can still comfortably move around your kitchen. Consider a two-seater dining table or a small, drop-leaf table that folds down to creates more space when not in use.

Bar Stools

If you have a kitchen bar, stools can help create a dining area that doesn’t require a table. Consider which type of bar stool suits your space best. Backless bar stools may be easier for smaller spaces since they don’t take up as much room and can be stacked when stored. But low-back or high-back bar stools offer more support.

Balcony/ Patio Furniture

Balconies and patios are a popular apartment amenity. Whether you plan to use this space for urban gardening, eating meals outside, or simply getting some fresh air, you’ll need some basic patio furniture!

Outdoor Seating

Just because you have a small outdoor living space doesn’t mean you can find cozy seating. With outdoor lounge chairs, armchairs, and even small loveseats, you can create the perfect apartment patio space for relaxing outside!

Outdoor Patio / Bistro Set

If you plan to eat or work outside, a bistro set may be the solution! These sets usually come with a small table and two chairs and are specifically designed to be used outdoors. Bistro tables and chairs are often stackable and foldable, too, which means they’re easy to store when you don’t need them!

All in all, moving into and furnishing your new apartment should be a fun and creative process, not a headache.. start shopping our store today!