Renters’ First Apartment Checklist

Author: Lauren Ross

First Apartment Checklist

Are you ready to move into your new place? Now that you’ve officially signed the lease on your first apartment, it’s time to begin thinking about what you need to buy for your first rental home. Setting up your new space doesn’t have to be time consuming, just use our first apartment checklist for renters so you can settle in comfortably.

It’s a guide that has everything you might need. Let’s start checking off those boxes!


The kitchen is a valuable room for apartment dwellers. It’s the place in the home we spend a lot of time prepping meals, cooking, and serving food. While your kitchen will come with the big appliances, it’s the cooking tools and small appliances that make it practical for creating delicious recipes. Here’s a basic list of what you need in your apartment kitchen to get you started:

Bar Stools
Pots & Pans
Coffee Pot
Can & Bottle Opener
Oven Mitt(s)
Dish Towel(s)
Dish Soap
Dish Drying Rack
Paper Towels
Paper Towel Stand
Water Filter/Pitcher
Ice Tray
Measuring Cups
Measuring Spoons
Cooking Utensils
Knife Set
Utensil Set
Drinking Glasses
Garbage Can
Trash Bags


Did you know that we spend about 33 percent of our lives sound asleep? With that amount of time spent in the bedroom, you’ll definitely want to purchase a comfy bed and mattress. Your bed is definitely important, but you’ll also want to fill your bedroom with a dresser and nightstands too. Take your room to a whole new level with beautiful décor on a limited budget.

Bed Frame
Comforter & Sheets
Curtain Rods & Brackets


The bathroom is a smaller space than the other rooms in the apartment – but how you decorate it can make a big impact! There are obvious items you’ll need to buy for the bathroom (like toilet paper) and some not-so-obvious items. Buying both types of bathroom necessities can help your space go from purposeful to comfortable – great quality for a bathroom when you really need to go!

Bath Towel(s)
Hand Towel(s)
Bath Mat
Shower Curtain
Shower Liner
Shower Hooks
Toilet Bowl Scrubber
Toilet Paper
Organization Baskets
Air Freshener/Toilet Spray

Laundry Room

There might be some clothes of yours that need extra cleaning care, such as work pants and formal dresses. The items below can help your laundry needs, whether you have an in-unit laundry room or use the community’s laundry center!

Ironing Board
Laundry Detergent
Dryer Sheets
Mini Steamer

Living Room

Coming home and walking into a welcoming and comfortable space is a great feeling after a tiresome day. Your living room furniture doesn’t have to cost a fortune – there are great budget-friendly finds that can work well in your apartment.

Coffee Table
TV Stand
Floor Lamp
Side Tables


If you’re a pet owner or meticulous about the cleanliness of the home, there are some miscellaneous items you’ll need to purchase. You’ll also want to keep some basic tools and bandages in the home just in case. You never know when you might hammer a finger trying to put up your favorite framed photographs.

Basic Tools
Surge Protector
Pet Supplies
First Aid Kit
Broom & Dust Pan
Cleaning Supplies

While you certainly don’t have to go out and get everything at once, it’s good to have an idea of the types of things you’ll eventually need in your apartment. You can begin by getting your furniture first, followed by your kitchen and bathroom necessities. Then, accumulate the rest as you settle in.