How to Furnish Your Apartment on a Budget

Furnishing an apartment can be quite the challenge, especially when you don’t know where to start. Have no fear! This article gives you the information that you need to furnish your new place for cheap!

We’re guessing that some congratulations are in order. Maybe you just graduated and you’re moving into your first apartment; maybe you just got a new job and you can finally afford your own place; maybe you just moved out of your parent’s house and struck out on your own. Whatever your situation, you’ve come here because you are looking to furnish that new apartment on the cheap.

We’ve scoured the internet and found the essential pieces you’ll need to furnish your apartment and where you can find them (we’ve got links and everything). And, yes, we’re going to show you how to do it for under $1,000.

Furniture For Your First Apartment

One Quality Mattress: $160

We did quite a bit of hunting on the web for mattresses under $300 and the one we saw time and time again was the LUCID. Not only does it have an awesome name, but it has an average review of 4-stars on Amazon and it’s well under $300. Plus, they will ship it to you, which means you won’t have to borrow your friend’s creepy cousin’s truck.

Recycled Bed Frame: FREE

People spend an ungodly amount of money on bed frames. Why not just make one yourself for free? In this YouTube video, you will learn how to take recycled wood pallets and transform them into a vintage bed frame with a cool aesthetic. You can go to pretty much any big box retailers in your city and get your hands on some free pallets.

Couch: $250

New couches are expensive. There’s just no way of getting around it. If you’re looking to furnish the whole apartment for under $1000, a brand new couch probably isn’t going to be an option. That’s why if you’re on a very tight budget, our go-to recommendation is that you check out Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. Often, you can find people trying to get rid of couches and some of these individuals are so desperate they’re willing to give them away for free if you’ll pick them up.

With that said, while a free couch is financially enticing, it’s not always your number one choice. If you have a little more wiggle room in your budget, we recommend you check out this couch on Amazon listed for just $250. With free shipping, too? This couch is a steal.

Kitchen Table & Chairs: $129

Look, we won’t judge if you end up eating most of your meals on your $250 couch. But when you have friends over, it’s nice to have other sitting options. Chances are, you won’t be this year’s Thanksgiving dinner host, so we went with something smaller that could fit in any apartment. This 5-piece table set is one of Ikea’s best-sellers for only $129.

Coffee Table: $30

We love this $70 coffee table from Wayfair. When it comes to coffee tables, a minimalist look is always nice, making it easier to pair other pieces of furniture with it. Plus, check out those good ratings!

Dresser: $245

A dresser is another one of those pieces of furniture that you can get from either a second-hand store or from a friend. While we will leave that up to you, we want to give you plenty of links in this article so that you can outfit your apartment all from your laptop. If you like the idea of housing your clothes in a dresser that is brand new, here is one from Wayfair that is very affordable.

Kitchenware: $70

The most stressful part of furnishing an apartment is finding affordable kitchenware. The last thing you want to do is buy everything separately because the costs can add up quite quickly. Walmart has an 83-piece kitchen set that literally has everything you will ever need for an apartment (we are talking pots, pans, cutting boards, knives, utensils, Tupperware, etc)—all for under $100.

Shower Curtain: $12

Unless your apartment supplies one, which we doubt they do, we recommend spending the $12 and getting a shower curtain. Technically this is a liner, but if you’re working on a budget, this is really all you need. This shower curtain from J.C. Penney comes in a variety of neutral tones, so it will go well with any bathroom.

Bottle of Wine and a Pizza: $60

You’ve worked hard, so we think you deserve a meal to break in your new home. While this may not necessarily be an apartment furnishing, it could definitely help ease the moving transition.

A couple enjoying pizza after checking everything off their moving checklist

How Much is All of That?

We just fully furnished your apartment and threw in a meal all for $996. Dang, we are good. While you are probably going to spend a little more money on the interior design—pictures, lamps, and other decor items—we’ve covered all the essentials here. Bonus tip: as for the interior design of your place, remember that you can find some pretty cool vintage decor from yard sales.

Lastly, we recommend you make sure you are on a budget for your apartment furnishing journey. It is really easy to get excited after first moving in and spending fortunes on stuff you really don’t need . . . all on a whim. Always remember this rule when you find a piece of furniture that you really want — there is always a cheaper option somewhere else, that is probably just as good. And never let yourself wander the aisles of Target. We all know how that ends up.

Once you have that new apartment furnished, it’ll probably be time for a housewarming party.