Setting up your first apartment: Checklist for the most important furniture

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Furnishing your first apartment is an important step when moving out. Until now, the parents or legal guardians have taken care of everyone, now you have to take care of it yourself. In the editorial team we have created a checklist for you that you can use to furnish your first apartment.

1. Essentials for my bedroom

When setting up your first apartment, your own bedroom is one of the most important places. The most important piece of furniture in the room is the bed.

Depending on your budget, you may have to get creative with your sleeping space or take your old bed with you. The more furniture you take with you to the new apartment, the more expensive and difficult the move will be. Therefore, it is often worth buying some new furniture instead of taking it with you. The bedroom in particular, including the wardrobe and bed, can be a challenge when moving. The following things belong to the bed that you need to keep in mind:

  • Bed frame with slatted frame
  • mattress
  • Bedsheet
  • Pillow, blanket
  • Duvet cover

With box spring beds, which are currently trendy, you can do without many individual parts because the bed is completely assembled and delivered. Modernity Box spring beds with bed storage do not have an additional mattress or slatted frame. There is an integrated spring mattress above the bed box.

Make sure there are at least two sheets and sets of covers in the apartment so that they can be replaced about every two weeks. In the height of summer, when you sweat a lot, it’s better to do it every week. There should also be a socket in the room that can also be reached from the bed. Power strips are practical, which can hold multiple cables at the same time. For example, your cell phone charging cable, your laptop cable and the connection for your bedside lamp.

Other facilities in the bedroom are:

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  • Depending on the size of your bedroom, a workstation can also be moved into the living room.
  • You can easily build desks yourself from leftover wooden panels.
  • Storage space is important in an apartment; you can create this with cupboards of all shapes. Here you can store any clothing, but also everyday items.
  • Shelves on the wall or standing specimens offer space for decoration, for example plants or candles can be placed here.

2. The kitchen: What utensils do I need first?

The kitchen is not just used for cooking, but also for cleaning and, depending on the space, eating. Food is also stored. The basic equipment of a kitchen includes:

  • Plates, bowls
  • Cutlery
  • glasses
  • Pots and pans (at least two of each)
  • wooden spoon
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove with extractor hood

kitchen equipment

An initial shopping list should include pasta and spices.

This initial equipment will take you a long way. Of course, any number of items can be added, such as a kettle or a coffee machine. Both can be purchased cheaply used. It is also advisable to buy sharp knives and cutting boardswhich makes it easy to cut food without dirtying the worktop.

Once you have the utensils ready for cooking, you will need more to clean up with afterwards. These include tea towels, sponges and dishwashing liquid. The sponge should have a smooth and a rough side, which can be used to remove fine to coarse dirt.

3. Bathroom essentials

bathroom furnishing

Fear in your first home is normal.

The bathroom amenities can be very limited if the costs for other rooms in the apartment are higher. Apartments are often already equipped with a toilet, shower or bathtub and a sink. Important items on your checklist are towels for the body, for drying hands and for the face, toilet paper and hygiene products.

In small bathrooms, a wall cabinet with a mirror above the sink is a good idea, where tampons or sanitary napkins, medical equipment and spare dental care utensils can be stored. For example, attachments for an electric toothbrush, dental floss or mouthwash can be stored here.

Put a trash can in your bathroom. This is practical for throwing away menstrual products, cotton pads, packaging or tissues.

A good investment is a small shelf in the shower or next to the bathtub, where shower gel, shampoo, shaving gel and razors can easily fit. Shelves create small storage space and are particularly useful in small bathrooms because they don’t take up a lot of space. Towels or baskets can also be stored.

The bathroom also includes cleaning, That’s why we’ve listed four cleaning products that you can use:

  1. Toilet cleaner: This is available in liquid or powder form and has to take effect for some time before the toilet can be used again.
  2. Descaler: Shower heads and faucets in particular can suffer if the pores become clogged with limescale. Regular descaling protects the water pressure. Limescale tabs are also important for the washing machine.
  3. Bathroom cleaner: For sinks, shower trays etc. you need a natural cleaner, ideally without a lot of chemicals.
  4. Glass cleaner: The glass cleaner is used for cleaning mirrors.

In addition to the lime tabs, washing laundry also includes fabric softener and detergent. A clothes horse is also required.

4. Initial equipment in the living room

couple setting up chair

Also consider any tools you might need.

The living room should always be designed with the rest of the apartment in mind, because the living room is one of the less important rooms when furnishing your first apartment.

Many pieces of furniture can be bought used cheaply or built yourself. A dining table and chairs are a good investment, especially if friends like to come over and stay for a meal. You can also look for a used couch on the Internet, which should be sufficient as initial equipment.

Expensive purchases such as a television, games consoles or a music system are optional. You should also plan cupboards or shelves for each of these to place them.

Make sure you have enough lighting here too, e.g. in the form of ceiling lights, floor lamps or LED strips.

5. 3 important tips for moving in

In addition to the furniture, there are other important points on the checklist when you want to furnish your first apartment. What kind of insurance do you need? What connections do you need?

The most important insurance policies in your own home are:

  • Liability insurance: This covers the costs of damage caused to people, objects or property. If the couch hits a wall in the stairwell when you move in and then needs to be repainted, this insurance will cover the damage.
  • Household insurance: Protection of your own inventory from everyday dangers, such as theft, storms or fire.
  • Legal protection insurance: Provides financial support for lawyers if you have rental disputes, neighborhood problems, traffic accidents or claims for damages.

Is that covered? you still have to worry about electricity and internet. Compare providers here based on personal preference and price. You should also compare prices online. It can take up to four weeksuntil your internet connection is ready for use, this should be included in your planning.


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Image credits: StockAdobe/philippe Devanne, StockAdobe/Seventyfour, StockAdobe/New Africa, StockAdobe/fizkes, StockAdobe/Antonioguillem (sorted chronologically or according to the order of the images used in the buying guide)