Your First Apartment: Bedroom

Many of you may be heading off to college, or starting a new job in a new place, and you are finally going to be able to furnish your own space. How exciting!

Here are some ideas… that won’t break the bank.

Coordinate furnishings for a more cohesive look.

(AKA it’ll look less college-y.)

For a modern yet sophisticated look, try the Engan Series from IKEA. This series has a beautiful walnut veneer finish which both looks great, but many other furnishings come in this finish, making it easy to coordinate with. Options like these are also lightweight and relatively easy to move when the time comes.

(Side note…storage, storage, storage! Closets are ALWAYS too small.)


Don’t forget about the FLOR.

First (or even second, third & fourth) apartments don’t always have the greatest existing floors. This would noticeably be an issue in a bedroom. So, for a relatively inexpensive, portable, and extremely varied solution, try FLOR carpet tiles.

Faux Bois – Bisque/Raincloud

(Why not try a fun pattern like this woodgrain look?)

Flor is easy to install, easy to take with you when you move, and when you’re done with them, easy to recycle.


Make a statement with your bedding.

Grey Gardens series from CB2

(Even if you keep the duvet color neutral, try a fun pattern.)


Spice things up with fun pillows and throws.

Felicia green-yellow throw from IKEA

KAJSA TRÄD cushion cover from IKEA

(To be used with this cushion insert.)

Rain 20″ pillow from CB2

Stardust green pillow from CB2


(I suggest getting your sheets, sleeping pillows, duvet inserts, & mattresses from IKEA. They have the best prices and the most options. Discount stores like Marshall’s & Home Goods also have great finds in this department.)



Have an extra chair in your room for a guest, for reading, or for piling laundry when you are in a hurry. Make it fun, stylish, and quirky.

Hatfield Grellow Rocker from CB2

Some extra storage.

Remember when I said storage, storage, storage? Here are some ideas.

Slat Rack from CB2

(For towels, magazines, jeans, extra blankets, etc.)

SKÄR hat rack from IKEA

(For extra hanging storage with a shelf)

BLECKA Hooks from IKEA

(Make the wall space of that small closet useful.)

LINGO Boxes from IKEA

(They fit under the bed, and stack well in that top shelf of the closet.)

*REMEMBER: Buy furnishings that are portable and affordable. However, do not sacrifice quality for a good price. Evaluate your budget and spend what you can so you that what you buy isn’t falling apart by Christmas break.


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