Apartment Basics Stores and Catalogs

Apartment living demands a lean approach to furnishings and household goods.

Shopping online for apartment basics is the easy way to stock your shelves, put rugs on your floors, and add furniture that is scaled to condo living.

10. 125 West

apartment basics pantry cart

Choose a good-looking, Euro-styled cart or metro shelving to expand your storage and pantry options. A cart on wheels is practical and moves out of the way if you need to fit more people into your kitchen, or roll the party onto the balcony.

9. Opulence of Southern Pines

opulence of southern pines bedding

Don’t despair over your lack of space. One of the bonuses of living a compact lifestyle is that it makes sense to spend more on a few big-impact home decor items. When you don’t need to furnish many rooms, you can concentrate your dollars. One of our favorite splurges for a minimalistic apartment plan is luxurious bedding. Choose a pattern that you love and make that your inspiration for the rest of your apartment.

8. Bellacor

bellacor apartment basics

The way to keep an apartment tidy is to add basic storage to each room. When you are looking at furniture, opt for pieces that do double duty, offering seating, for example, and a place to tuck magazines, linens, or winter sweaters.

7. Blair Home

blair home rugs

Measure your floors and buy the largest rugs that will fit your space. A rug anchors your furniture, reduces noise, and lends a finished look to your apartment. If you have carpet, placing a rug over it will reduce wear and help protect your security deposit, too.

6. Fresh Finds

kitchen basics

Find the kitchen basics you need to make storing, cooking, and cleaning up for meals or entertaining both fun and efficient. A drain board, clear canisters, drawer dividers, and pot lid racks are basics that will help you love your apartment kitchen.

5. Steve’s Blinds

window treatments at Steve's Blinds

Shades or blinds give you privacy and temperature control in your apartment. Measure your windows using instructions on the website, and order matching window coverings for all the windows you can see from one room to the other. Don’t worry about heavy drapes and fussy curtains. An apartment doesn’t need too much attention at the windows, especially if you are sticking to the basics.

4. Lenox

You will need basic dinnerware. Buy casual dishes: dinner plates, salad plates, soup/pasta bowls, and cereal bowls. You should have enough place settings for eight people, so you can entertain, and so that you aren’t in a bind if the dishwasher hasn’t been run since the day before. Don’t bother with cups, saucers, and other pieces that people don’t use anymore.

3. Expressions

home decor basics

Don’t forget some pretty things that are also practical. Wall mirrors augment your bathroom space, especially if you have roommates and need more makeup room. Mirrors also reflect light and make your apartment look bigger.

2. Art Van Furniture

mattress at Art Van

Don’t forget the bed! You need a mattress, and if you buy a platform bed, you can skip the box springs. Buy the best quality mattress you can afford, because it truly will make you sleep better and feel better the whole next day.

1. The Company Store

bed linens at The Company Store

Blankets, sheets, towels, and all that stuff. Color coordinate it all with your gorgeous duvet or comforter, and you’ve got a designer look that makes your basics look like a designer stepped in. Add a cozy throw for the living room, and some extra pillows for your bed, and you will have an apartment that you are happy to call home.

by Catalogs.com Info Guru Samantha Rose

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