First Apartment Checklist: Buying Furniture on a Budget

Moving into your first apartment is full of first times. Your first time signing a lease, first time writing a rent check, and the first time you need to buy furniture of your own. You may be browsing your options at other furniture stores wondering how you’ll afford everything you need while staying in budget. Getting settled into your new space can feel a little overwhelming, but that doesn’t mean you need to settle.

Check out our furniture checklist below to find all your first apartment necessities and some of our favorite new-apartment picks. This list makes furniture shopping a breeze saving you time and money so you can concentrate on the important things, like learning how to cook something other than noodles.

Entrance Way:

Area rug- A small or medium sized rug in your entrance way will immediately brighten your space, making it feel more welcoming and cozy.

Wall hooks for jackets, keys, etc.

Table or bench - A small console table or bench fills space and will add extra storage options helping to keep your apartment organized.

Wall art - Make the space your own with your favorite pieces of wall decor.


Living Room:

Couch - You’ll want a sofa that fits in a small area and is durable enough to last for years’ to come. Our Broyhill Designer sofa is great fit for first apartments or dorms. This amazing value features all the best of name-brand quality and style for just $498!

Bonus: A sleeper sofa is the ideal option for someone looking for a snug, lasting sofa that can double as a sleeping area for guests maximizing space and comfort.

Chairs - Accent chairs and recliners add extra seating and comfort in your home. Our selection of recliners start as low as $198 so you don’t have to break your budget to finish your living room set.

Ottomans - Sprawl out on your sofa after a long day with the added comfort provided by ottomans. These functional extras also offer storage and can add extra seating options for guests.

Coffee table & Entertainment Centers - Coffee tables and Entertainment Centers will keep your space organized and provide you with added storage.

Home accessories- Easily create pops of color with quality pillows and other home accessories starting as low as $18!

Lamp(s)- to add light and make the space appear larger.



Bed Frame- Since you're out of college, you should decorate accordingly. Instead of just plopping your mattress on the ground or on a cheap decades old bed frame consider purchasing an inexpensive but quality bed frame and headboard to help create an elegant look in your new bedroom. This small furniture addition can create a serene environment, encouraging healthy sleep and a more productive day.


Mattress - Finding the right mattress at the right price can be difficult but don’t worry, we’re here to help. Stop by our sleep center today and our experts can help find you exactly what you’re looking for while staying in budget. Bonus: If you want the ease of having a mattress delivered right to your front door, try one of our new Bed in a Box mattresses and rest easy purchasing with free shipping, free returns and our 60-night comfort guarantee.

Mattress protector - Adding a mattress protector helps prevent stains, tears and daily wear and tear.

Sheets & Comforter

Night stand



Hangers & Hamper

Pro tip: Buying a bedroom set bundles all of your bedroom needs in one small price tag.


Dining Area:

Dining Set - Your space is small but that doesn’t mean you have to skip on dining furniture. Coffee tables worked for dinner in college but you probably want a little added furniture for hosting friends for dinner. Our smaller dining sets like our 3 piece dinette set are great for small spaces, and limited budgets.

Home Accessories - Make your space stand out with home accessories as low as $18.


At FFO Home we offer quality furniture for up to 50% less than comparable retailers. That means you can purchase an entire room for the price you’d pay purchasing one item elsewhere. So go ahead, skip the worrying and go straight to relaxing in your new space when you buy online or in-store from FFO.

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