The Ultimate Guide On How To Furnish An Apartment From Scratch For $1000 Or Less

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Moving to a new apartment or home can be hard work especially furnishing it. That’s why we are going to cover how to furnish an apartment from scratch and provide a checklist to make your life easier. We are going to furnish this apartment under $1000 and try to make it look as modern and sleek as possible. Obviously, everyone has their own style so free to pick and chooses items that fit your taste. So let’s get started!

The Bedroom

Mattress and Comforter

Let’s get a bed first so at worst you can sleep in the apartment without having to sleep on the floor. We think splurging on a mattress is essential that is why we are spending a good chunk of our budget on it. You spend a good portion of your life sleeping so it is important that you get a good one that provides support for your back and that is comfortable. You also want one that is good quality and will last you a while.

Zinus Memory Foam 12 Inch Green Tea Mattress, Queen, White

This is a bit less expensive mattress, but still provides good support and has great reviews. Better for a tighter budget since the bed profile is lower than the first mattress we mentioned.

Linenspa 8 Inch Memory Foam and Innerspring Hybrid Mattress – Medium-Firm Feel – Queen

EDILLY Luxury Down Alternative Quilted Queen Comforter-Stand Alone Comforter for Queen Size Bed,

Pillows and Sheets

Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillow (2-Pack)

We opted for 100% cotton sheets versus the microfiber as they are higher quality and are softer. You could get microfiber sheets for half the cost if you on a real tight budget. 600 thread count cotton sheets are a great value and provide a soft and luxurious feel.

600 Thread Count Best Bed Sheets 100% Cotton Sheets Set

These are microfiber sheets which are a bit cheaper.

Mellanni Sheet Set-Brushed Microfiber

Bed Frame and Headboard

Zinus Dachelle Upholstered Button Tufted Premium Platform Bed

For a cheaper option that gets the job done this frame is perfect. It’s raised off the ground so you can store items below the bed. Really useful for small apartments where storage space can be an issue!

Sleep Master Platform Metal Bed Frame/Mattress Foundation, Queen


Simple Designs Home LF2000-BLK Mother-Daughter Floor Lamp with Reading Light

Living Room


This is a nice sectional that is comfortable and a great value. It’s not that big which makes it perfect for smaller apartments. Many reviews talk about how easy it is to assemble even by yourself.

HONBAY Convertible Sectional Sofa Couch Modern Linen Fabric L-Shape Couch for Small Space Grey

Couches can be expensive and sometimes you don’t want to invest that much into it especially if you are moving. Futons are great alternatives because they act like couches, but can turn into beds when you have a guest over. If you are on a super tight budget then you can even use the futon as a main bed. We don’t recommend this as most futons aren’t comfortable for extended nights, but sometimes you have to make due with what you have.

DHP Emily Futon Couch Bed, Modern Sofa Design Includes Sturdy Chrome Legs and Rich Linen Upholstery, Navy

Another cheap futon option with great reviews.

Classic Brands Classic 8-Inch Futon Mattress with Independently Encased Innerspring Coils , Full, Black

Coffee Table

Ameriwood Home Parsons Modern Coffee Table, Black

TV Stand

Furinno Turn-N-Tube No Tools Entertainment TV Stands, Black/Grey

Blankets for the Couch

Bedsure Fleece Blanket Throw Size Navy Lightweight Super Soft Cozy Luxury Bed Blanket Microfiber

Area Rug

An area rug is a great addition if you have the budget for it, but it’s not a must have in initially. However, this rug is pretty reasonably priced if you want something quick and cheap.

Unique Loom Solo Solid Shag Collection Modern Plush Cloud Gray Area Rug (5′ 0 x 8′ 0)


Plates and Bowls

Gibson Elite Soho Lounge Square 16-Piece Reactive Glaze Dinnerware Set Service of 4, Stoneware, Blue


Radley & Stowe 20-Piece Flatware Solid Stainless Steel Silverware Set

Chef’s Knife

Victorinox Fibrox Pro Chef’s Knife, 8-Inch Chef’s

A bit cheaper if you really want to save money, but we like the Victorinox as a first chef’s knife

Mercer Culinary M22608 Millennia 8-Inch Chef’s Knife, Black

Non-Stick Pan and Pot

T-fal G10405 Heatmaster Nonstick Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Fry Pan Cookware, 10-Inch

Cook N Home 02418 Stainless Steel Lid 5-Quart Stockpot, 5-Qt, Silver

Spatula and Utensils

OXO Good Grips 4-Piece Nylon Tool Set


Rubbermaid Easy Find Vented Lids Food Storage Containers, Set of 21 (42 Pieces Total)


DRAGONN Premium Set of 12-inch and 9-inch Stainless-Steel Locking Kitchen Tongs


Shower Curtain and Bathroom Mats

Non-Slip Bathroom Rug Set Includes Bath Rug Mat, Contour Mat, Toilet Lid Cover, Shower Curtain, and 12 Metal Roller Hooks


Utopia Towels Towel Set, 2 Bath Towels, 2 Hand Towels, and 4 Washcloths

How To Furnish An Apartment From Scratch Conclusion

luggage, decoration, sofa

We just covered all the essential items for an apartment and we came below the $1000 mark. With the leftover money you can buy other essentials like paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning products, and food. If you have the money and budget it’s preferred to spring for the higher quality items, but we understand life doesn’t always work that way.

The items mentioned above are all great quality and will last you a while. A lot of the items are exceptional value and all have great reviews so you know its tried and true.Hopefully this list provides a quick and easy guide to furnish your first apartment with ease. If you would like to further furnish you apartment or have a more detailed checklist check out The Ultimate First Apartment Checklist: All The Essentials and Must Haves