How to Pick Furniture for Your Off-Campus Apartment

Posted on April 28th, 2019

If you’re planning on moving up in the world from campus dorms or low-rent apartments shared with a hoard of roommates, then the apartments for rent in South End Boston at Harrison Court may be perfect for you. However, this also probably means you need some new furniture that isn’t a futon or something you found on the side of the road. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to create an attractive apartment without spending a fortune.

First off, if you are going to be sharing an apartment, discuss your decorating preferences and also see what furniture each of you has available that could work well in your new place. By discussing colors and styles in advance, it’s easier to come to an agreement that will make both of you happy. However, it’s probably best to avoid sharing the purchase of any major items, such as sofas and TVs, as eventually you’ll have to come to an agreement on how to split these items when you eventually part.

However, if you’re going to be living on your own, you have a lot more freedom, even if you might not have as much furniture available. Try to start with a few solid basics if possible and then add or replace pieces as you can afford it. Even if that means keeping the futon for now, consider covering it in a slipcover of some kind that is in a color or pattern you really like and adding a few complementary throw pillows to make it look more stylish.

If you can’t afford new furniture, but need or want to replace certain pieces, check out local thrift stores, garage and yard sales, and online sites like craigslist.com. When it comes to beds, you can buy the bed frame used, but make sure you buy a new mattress. The great thing about pieces you find for cheap is that you can always update them with fresh paint or fabric to give them new life and make them blend with your style.

If you have a few basics like a sofa and bed, the pieces you should focus on purchasing should be items such as a dining table that can do double duty as a desk, a coffee table that includes storage, and a console that can hold electronics as well as store games, videos and other odds and ends.

To really make your apartment feel like home, try to keep to a similar color theme and style, and make use of accessories such as pillows, rugs, and perhaps a nice lamp or two for atmosphere and style. Definitely include framed artwork or photos. You can find inexpensive frames at craft stores, thrift stores and other places and get creative with what you frame. Print out some of your favorite photos, or frame movie posters, album covers, photos from magazines, or your own artwork.

Finally, make sure you have enough storage. Underbed storage is great for out-of-season clothing or extra bedding. Bookcases are great for books, as well as favorite mementos, and even attractive storage boxes and baskets.

Don’t feel like you need to rush out and buy everything right away when you pick one of the apartments for rent in South End Boston. Take some time to see how what you have fits, what you want most, and what style and color you think will work best. Then start shopping around and don’t be afraid to get creative, especially with inexpensive pieces. You can find all sorts of home decorating tutorials on YouTube and other websites. Soon you’ll have an amazing apartment that truly expresses your own personal style.