Ultimate Furniture Guide for Moving into Your Apartment


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So, you’ve finally moved to Los Angeles and found an apartment within a price range that doesn’t completely kill your bank account – now what?

Chances are your place is bare and you’ve been getting to know your hardwood floors (carpeted if you’re lucky) pretty intimately, and you’ve decided it’s time to bite the bullet and buy that much needed furniture. There are a ton of options to choose from, and a ton of places to go to have a look to see what pieces would fit best for you – but with what time? With work (or job searching) at the top of your list along with socializing, sitting down to figure out what you need that also fits in your price range is overwhelming and unwelcome stress, especially considering you just moved.

So that’s where this blog post comes in, we’re here to help you out.

We’ve compiled a list of furniture pieces you need in your apartment so you can finally figure out a way to tell your cold floors “it’s not you it’s me” as you set up your new furniture.

 

Seating

First things first you need to figure out your seating situation. If you are purchasing your furniture in increments rather than all at once, seating is what you want to invest in first. We know picking out your bed sounds tempting as your first of many furniture purchases, but if you’re low on money, you need a place in your apartment for guests to sit, to eat breakfast etc. etc.

 

Sofa Chairs

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For the sake of visualizing purposes, we’ve added it to this apartment backdrop. And we know, we know. An apartment like this in Los Angeles would cost you an arm and a leg, just work with us here. When choosing a sofa, consider the comfort level and make sure that it is built to last. Although it may be tempting to purchase the cheapest option possible, in the long run choosing a sofa of better quality and a reasonable price will be more worthwhile when down the line you don’t have to try to find a replacement. A good pick would be our Coaster Natalia Mid-Century Tufted Chair, made with thick tufted seats and covered in a soft layer of chenille fabric.  You can check it out by clicking the picture above or here.

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Side note: If you want the same style but larger, our Coaster Natalia Retro Sofa could fit the bill:

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Coaster Natalia Retro Sofa w/ Flared Arms in Grey 503771

 

Dining Sets

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Coaster Yates 5 Piece Counter Height Dining Set

Dining sets are pretty much the answer to your financial problems when it comes to finding kitchen seating.  It differs from a typical kitchen table and chairs in that they all come together in a single ‘set’ at one price. Those 4 stools you see there? Yep, they’re included. Rest assured you will no longer have to worry about guests having to sit on your floor. Add your own sense of style to your dining set while protecting the longevity with a table cloth and stool covers. If you’re pressed for space you can also transform this dining set into a desk for you to sit on your laptop. When guests aren’t present and you aren’t expecting any, you can simply put the portable stools in a storage closet and pull them back out again when they are needed.

 

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Storage Beds

 

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Coaster Briana King Contemporary Storage Bed with Bookshelf

Not just any bed – storage beds. The difference? If you’re pressed for space or cash, you can kill two birds with one stone by picking up a storage bed that can hold all of your excess clothing that doesn’t fit into your closet or other items like blankets, photos, books ect. Use each drawer to hold a different type of item so you will never misplace something and have everything already neatly organized conveniently under your bed. Another pro to having a storage bed is that everything stored under your mattress is easily accessible – no more having to crawl on the floor and reach into the dark abyss that is under your bed, with the build in storage you simply need to open up the appropriate drawer to get what you need and be on your way. It also presents the storage in a more decorative, visually pleasing way. Storage beds are typically designed in such a way that it appears as if the bed frame is a lot thicker and purposefully a higher rise.

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Coffee Table

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Although seemingly insignificant, a coffee table helps establish the center point in your living room and bring more structure to your space. No,  a center point doesn’t necessarily mean directly in the center – more like the focus point where the eye tends to be drawn to. If you’re moving into an apartment in L.A. it’s a little safe to assume that there won’t be a ton of space to utilize. Which results in most people foregoing coffee tables altogether, which isn’t the best choice since the table tends to tie all of the furniture pieces in the living room together. To find a happy medium, we chose a small coffee table that wouldn’t take up too much space and would serve to be an asset to your living room instead of an inconvenience.

Pro-tip:

Choose a coffee table with 2 levels rather than a single flat surface on top – that way you can have twice the amount of storage space! Be careful to not get too carried away though or risk having it look like a cluttered dumping ground for your knick-knacks.

 

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Necessary Decorations

Now you get down to the nitty gritty. Curtains, rugs, and maybe a poster or two to give your place a bit more personality and tie everything together – we let you know the decorations your new place needs to have.

Wall Art

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Although all home decor helps you add a bit of your own personality, wall art especially helps you add your own flair with just how unique they can be. In a way, art can really help set the tone of your apartment depending on which route you decide to go – fun cartoon canvases that are  a refreshing flashback to your childhood, relaxing nature photography or breathtaking contemporary modern art – you get to decide the identity of your space. With an endless amount of choices you could find yourself getting overwhelmed, but have fun with it! This decorating stage can be the most entertaining part if you let it. Posters are a cheaper route you can take instead of canvases, but we recommend to go the extra mile to make them appear more polished and have a nice frame installed around it that shouldn’t run you more than around $15. A frame can make the difference between a flimsy looking poster and a eye catching piece of artwork. If image artwork isn’t your cup of tea, other variations of wall art you can try are clocks, mirror and wall sculptures.

Pro-tip:

Be careful when picking out your artwork and make sure that they are the appropriate sizes when comparing them to your furniture – pictures should be roughly two-thirds the size of the furniture piece that is near it. You can also use illusions to change the perceived shape of your wall; If your wall is  narrow, hang your wall art at the same level across to make it appear wider and vice versa. If your wall is short, hang wall decor vertically above each other to give the illusion of a higher ceiling, a higher ceiling makes your apartment appear more open and spacious!

 

Large Rugs

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A  large rug for the living room is a must for any space you have just moved into.  A great way to cover up floors that don’t suit your style or are just unsightly, a rug proves to be a quick and easy fix that is effective without having to rip up your floors, especially if you are only leasing. Not to mention they give your feet that next level warmth and comfort. The decision on which rug to choose is a big one – assuming it’s a large rug, it will cover a large portion of your home and you want it to make a great impression. We suggest going with a more neutral color, especially if you will be spending a good chunk of money on it; that way, if you decide to switch up your home color scheme, it will be more likely that the rug will fit into the transition without you having to replace such a central piece. Feel free to also go against the grain – a bold colorful rug can make a great impact that will wow guests with you not having to put in that much effort. If going for a large rug, make sure it is big enough to fit under 2 legs of your couch and or chair and still cover a good amount of floor space.

Pro-tip:

The ideal placement of a large rug is 24 inches away from the closest wall, but if you have a smaller space and therefore a smaller rug, 18 inches from the wall is acceptable. A classic mistake made by people moving into their home or apartment is placing their rug in too close proximity to the wall – a rug should never be within 5 inches of the walls in your space.

 

Curtains

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Curtains really help echo the main color scheme you have chosen for your apartment. Especially if closed, they are one of the first things you can see when you walk into your space. Although typically not considered initially when people pick out curtains, fabrics play a huge role in the overall appearance of it as well, arguably as much as color does. Depending on the thickness of the fabric, it could lose its functionality, which can effect the way it looks – pick a curtain with fabric that is too thick for the height of your window and it may not fold the exact way you want it to when drawn, while at the same time if they are too light they may not fall well and be too wispy for your tastes.

Pro-tip:

Over time, sunlight can fade fabrics, so if you are purchasing curtains for a window that often gets a lot of rays, it would be best to not pick a bright color. Pick something more neutral like a cream or beige.

 

And Voila!

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There you have it – your completed apartment that feels like home. Now you can relax after the move and enjoy your new place and make some memories.