Recently, we teamed up with Amazon to bring you some first apartment essentials. When you have to start from almost nothing, it's hard not to look towards budget. But rather than going generic, we found useful, design-forward buys that are also budget-conscious. Of course, you don't need to be moving, or even in your first apartment, to want some of these affordable buys. Here are some of our favorites perfect for your living room, or anywhere you might want to hang out.
While we can't promise this will be a piece you'll move from place to place, sometimes an inexpensive sofa is exactly what you need to get started—and while you save up for a more investment-worthy piece in the future.
Area rugs are a great way to bring a room together. A nice thing about starting out with a neutral fiber rug like this one is that it's also great for layering down the line as you grow your collection.
Even if you're still drinking out of red plastic cups, it's never too early to respect wood. The ceramic stone material is absorbent, meaning it can even handle small spills.
Store books, display your favorite treasures, and even hide plenty of things you'd rather not leave laying out (looking at you, tangle of chargers).
Collapsible for easy storage, this comes in white, gray, teal, and millennial-friendly pink.
Nothing screams "adult" like keeping fresh flowers around. (Well, maybe remembering to make your dental appointments, but that's not as fun.) But we like that these sweet little vases will still look good on their own, for the days you'll likely opt to be not-so-adult again for a bit.
Now that you have a place of your own, you have an actual coffee table for your coffee table books. Other functions: feet-propping, Netflix-streaming. The faux marble top and thin gold-accent legs are also great for keeping small spaces feeling light.
Opting for lamps instead of overhead light creates ambiance, not to mention it just makes everything cozier. If you have a limited decor budget, this one also makes a statement.