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Furnishing Your First Apartment: What to Buy First

Posted by Mandi Bugatti on

So you’ve searched, finally found your first apartment, and signed the lease. Now it is time to move in and get some furniture. Whether you’re a college student living off-campus or starting a new job, it seems like the list of items you’ll need goes on forever. Here are some basic furniture essentials to start with, and you can prioritize them based on what you already have or combine them with inherited or hand me down items. The best part is, we have recommendations and that fit your style and budget, and many are available for same day pick up or delivery.


The reason a good mattress is at the top of the list is because you can’t perform at your best if you aren’t getting restful sleep. Tossing and turning or waking up with aches pains from a bad mattress is not worth it. Invest in a good mattress and your body will thank you. We have the  Pure Bliss and Hotel Firm queen size mattresses starting at $289.95.

Bed and Bedding

Purchasing a frame is a good idea to get your bed off the floor. You can go with a  basic metal frame or something with a headboard that reflects your personality and style. This will help your bedroom feel more like home. Sheets and comforters are essentials as well, and you can check out the  Ultimate Guide to Bedding for more helpful hints on the different types, and which options are best for you.


A nightstand has many practical applications. It’s a convenient place to charge phone and have it close if it doubles as your alarm clock. It’s a great place for a lamp so you don’t have to find your way through the dark to bed after turning off the light. The drawers can fit folded clothing as well, and depending on how much space your closet has, you may not need a dresser.

Apartment Sectional or Sofa

It’s not much fun to hang out in the living room without a place to sit and relax, especially if you have guests over. If you have a limited budget, futons are a great choice. If you have a little more wiggle room, there are two-piece apartment sectionals that are easy on the wallet and fit easily through the door as well. They come in fun colors or ultra modern styles. We recommend the Chelsea Grey Sectional Sofa Chaise available for $499.95, with a cool, coordinating swivel chair for $268.88 if you need additional seating. The Akan Mocha Sectional with Reversible Chaise for $599.95 is also really popular with our customers.

TV Console

When renting an apartment, it may not be the best idea to mount a TV to the wall because of wall damage. A simple solution to that is a TV console, and there are many affordable options that accommodate up to 60 inch TVs. They also have shelf space for games, routers, or photos and other mementos. This  Contemporary White TV Consoles is available for $129.95.

Dresser or Chest of Drawers

Assess how much clothing you have and how much closet space you have. Some apartments have larger closets with shelves that can hold folded clothing and other accessories as well as space to hang clothing. If you run out of room, you may need a dresser or a chest of drawers. If you already know you would like a bed and nightstand, you can save money by adding a dresser or chest and purchasing them as a set. One of our bestselling bedroom sets is the  Matteo for $488.98, and includes the queen bed, chest, and nightstand.

Coffee Table and/or Dining Table Set

A place to eat and study or work is another thing to consider. A coffee table is a great idea if you decide against a dining set when you first move in. There are very affordable space saving dinette sets as well. The  Prado Dining Set is a great example, and it comes with four chairs and a black glass table top for $248.

Now for the fun part, choosing the furniture for your first apartment! At Savvy Discount Furniture in Farmers Branch, TX, we’ve got everything you need at prices that fit both your tastes and your budget, and many items are available for same day pick up or delivery to DFW addresses.  Call (214) 434-1143 or visit our website to browse the inventory.

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