Furnish your apartment the smart way
The process of moving is always inescapably expensive. After all deposits are paid, utilities are transferred, the U-Haul has been rented and hopefully returned safely, you’ll likely find yourself in the hole for a while. After all is said and done on move-in day, the last thing you want to worry about is how to make your existing furniture work in your new space. Set yourself up for success right up front and invest in the right furniture for apartment living the first time.
The majority of Americans find themselves making a housing move at least once a decade, and as you may expect, renters move much more frequently than that. The very nature of the apartment renting lifestyle dictates that you will inevitably be making a move sooner or later. The smartest move when making your new furniture selections for your new place is to follow a few simple rules. Remembering that your new place is likely going to be set up differently than your next place will save you plenty of cash on your next big move.
Be sure to ask yourself these few questions the next time it comes to invest in new furniture for your new place:
Is this piece able to fit in multiple locations, or is this a piece of furniture I’m selecting to fit something particularly for my current place?
Stackable shelving or interchangeable bookshelves are absolutely ideal for renters. There is plenty of furniture on the market that is simple enough to arrange to suit one spot, and just as easily be transformed to fit another. If done right, they even have the capacity to look custom made. When shopping for a couch, look for sectionals that can be arranged differently so that it will be sure to work somehow in the next place.
Does everything, and I mean everything match, or at least work together?
Sure you may think it’s irrelevant that the wood finish on the coffee table in the living room should match the finish on bookshelf in the dining room or the bedside table in your room, but it’s not. The next time you move you’ll likely be shuffling your furniture so that you can maximize space. You certainly don’t want a house that looks like you randomly acquired furniture haphazardly or are colorblind. By keeping the wood tones and the metallic finishes the same or pretty similar to one another, you’ll be able to pair that coffee table in the same room as the bookshelf in your next place without it looking a garage sale.
Is this just a trend or will I really like this in 10 years?
Check out the furnishings at your grandma’s house; I am sure that vanity constructed entirely of gold veined mirrors was all the rage at one time, but it’s looking outrageously outdated these days now isn’t? Opt to buy more simplistic and classical pieces of furniture so that you’ll be happy with them for longer than the hottest trend of the moment. Play it smart and keep up with the trends by accenting with window dressings, accessories, and textiles to stay current rather than blowing cash on new furniture every couple of years.
How horrible is this going to be to move?
Running the risk of sounding too negative here, but no one enjoys the moving process. You know it’s going to happen again in your future so why turn a blind eye to the inevitable? Consider the weight, size, and material and then decide if that massive, solid wood armoire is really the best choice and suited for your needs. Do you really want that bedroom set constructed mainly out of glass (I’ve done it)? Glass is a moving nightmare. Also, absolutely don’t forget to ask yourself the one question often left unasked until it’s way too late, how will it fit through the door?
Spending your cash to replace a massive couch that fits in the last place, with a better-suited set for your new place, are just a pain and a huge drain on funds. Even the best salesman on Craigslist can’t recoup these costs. Before you buy, use a bit of foresight to greatly help your chances of loving the set up of your next home sweet home.