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First Apartment

As you make the big leap from your dorm room to your first apartment, you may find that you’re in need of a few items to truly make your new space feel like home. Everyone’s been at that point where they’re just starting out, and part of the fun of having your first real place is to choose all of the decor and furniture to fill your home with. While some items may transfer easily from your dorm to your first apartment, you may find that you need some upgrades in the areas of furniture, storage solutions and more. Similarly to the time where you set up your dorm to make it a comfortable, homey space, we at PBteen can help you fill your first apartment full of decor, furniture and accessories to personalize your apartment.

After a few years on an unfamiliar dorm bed, it may be time to upgrade to either a comfortable and durable twin bed or a full- or queen-size bed for your new apartment. There are quite a few options to choose from. Consider a storage bed. With most options available in twin, full and queen sizes, storage beds provide you with dedicated storage space underneath the bed frame, offering you a place to store clothes, shoes and accessories and save room in your closet or dresser. Built solidly, these beds are made strong to last not only through the first years at your new apartment, but well beyond, too.

With your new bed also comes the need for new sheet sets and bedding. Now that you have full decorative license over your own space, you have the ability to choose any colors and designs that you enjoy. With options for both girls’ and guys’ bedding, and plenty of gender-neutral options as well, you can easily complement your bedding with other aspects of your new apartment, such as rugs and window treatments and decorative accents.

You may also find that you require a few extra pieces of furniture to turn your new space into a spot that really feels like home. Consider bedside tables, dressers and nightstands to help store your wardrobe as well as your clothes and accessories. With many different options, you can easily mix and match pieces to completely match your new bed, or choose different styles for a more eclectic look. Several color options are available, and each one can blend in neutrally and seamlessly in a room, complementing your existing furniture.

If you want to maximize space in your new place, trying out new storage solutions is exceedingly helpful. Use bookcases and media centers to help store books, papers and other items, and to keep your electronics, such as your TV, stereo and gaming systems neatly organized. Stackable cube sets are a great way to personalize your storage space. With room for everything from shoes to sports equipment, stackable cubes give you plenty of options when it comes to storage. And the ability to stack them on top of each other helps save on your floor space, making your apartment feel roomier.

Having more floor space allows you to add all the furniture you need, such as lounge chairs and seating. Now that you have your own place, you can have friends over to entertain anytime you choose. Look for chaise lounges, sofas and individual chairs to provide enough seating for your friends and family when they visit. A sectional set is also a terrific idea, particularity if you’re sharing your first apartment with other roommates. Set up the sectional the way you like and tailor it to your space to provide enough space for everyone to stretch out and relax. Other great forms of lounge seating include recliners, futons and beanbag chairs for a more relaxed feel.

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