Time to move out of the college digs and into the real deal? New graduates might be moving for work and wanting to raise the bar from how they lived while they were in school. But moving to a new city with a new job can be financially overwhelming. Furnishing an “adult” apartment can take a bit of work as well as some savvy to meet budget demands. But it can be done! Let’s take a look at a few furniture solutions for new grads.
How to Furnish Your Apartment on a New Grad’s Budget
The first thing you need to do when furnishing an apartment is to determine your budget. Buying furniture can be expensive, but it’s also not something you’ll be doing every month. Make a list of the items you’ll need—and remember, it’s more than just furniture. You will need to buy housewares like dishes and pots and pans if you don’t already have them. When making the list, do some research on what these items will cost you. That will quickly tell you whether your budget is realistic or not.
5 Furniture Solutions for College Graduates
When furnishing an apartment straight out of college, you’ll likely need to tap into some creativity to fill your new home with everything it needs. Fortunately, there are a few different solutions.
Furnished vs. Unfurnished Apartments
If you are able to secure a furnished apartment, this will greatly reduce what you need to purchase. Depending on where you live, furnished apartments can be hard to come by—but well worth it if it saves you thousands in new furniture costs. You can sometimes find corporate housing that comes with a majority of the necessary furnishings and can be made available for long-term leases.
You may feel very strongly about getting some items new. But don’t lose sight of your budget. These items can add up quickly. Look for discount stores or places where you can bundle a living room or dining room set to save some cash. Check out big box stores such as Ikea, as long as you’re comfortable with a hex wrench. Stores like Ross and TJ Maxx can be great places to look for home accents such as chairs and entryway tables. Online stores such as Wayfair have great selections and shipping deals so you don’t need to worry about delivery. Most importantly, shop around before you make big purchases to see if your budget really holds up as the items start to add up.
Borrowed Items and Hand-Me-Downs
It’s a good time to ask family and friends if they have anything you can use in your new apartment. Many times, people will upgrade their furniture and store their old items in the basement or the garage. If it isn’t being used, perhaps you can be of help. Offer to rent a U-Haul and take care of the schlepping—a.k.a. the part that everyone hates.
This option can take a lot of work. It involves scouring websites such as Craigslist and hitting estate sales. If you like that sort of thing and have plenty of patience, you can find some great deals on amazing furniture. However, if you lack the endurance to do the research, go view the item, negotiate the price, and drive off with it, this might not be the option for you. When buying used, you also need to be sure you ask the right questions, like how old the item is and if it comes from a pet- or smoke-free home. If you have allergies or simply don’t want any lingering smells on your furniture, you may have to pass.
Last but certainly not least: Renting furniture is a great way to furnish your apartment. Why? Because it’s hassle-free. When you use a company like Brook Furniture Rental, you can shop a wide variety of furniture and home goods, make your selection, and pay monthly. This way, you can take a budget-friendly approach by allocating the cost over time. Plus, we do the work for you by delivering your furniture and setting it up. And if you decide you want a different look—as many Gen Z-ers tend to do—switching out items is a breeze, giving you the space for your ever-evolving needs. With Brook, you can rent everything from sofas and dining room tables to televisions and DVD players.
Securing your first apartment post-graduation is a big step. Brook is here to help you level-up your furnishings while respecting your budget. All of our rental furniture is professionally cleaned, and we follow sustainable practices so you can feel good about going easy on the environment in your stylish new digs.