Moving into your first apartment can be a time of great excitement and great anxiety. Of course, the freedom of having a home to call your own is thrilling, but with great freedom comes great responsibility.
You want your first apartment to be equal parts practical, comfortable and personal, and you can achieve that by separating your space into 5 designated zones for sleeping, lounging, getting ready, entertaining and working.
Whether your apartment is large or small, creating distinct zones for distinct purposes is key to smart space planning. Plus, this makes it easier to figure out what furniture you actually need versus what you can live without.
Your Sleeping Zone
When choosing a bed for your first apartment, you want go for a design that will last past this place . . . especially since your first apartment is very rarely your last. The best approach is to stick to a budget-friendly queen size or full size bed with clean lines, because those can evolve with your style. If you need extra space for stowing away clothes and sheets, you can even look into getting a bed with storage drawers.
Your Lounging Zone
Every apartment needs a lounging zone where you can chill out on a loveseat, sofa or sofa chaise and have more friends come join you on accent chairs or extra poufs. It’s important for you to measure the space for your lounging zone and ensure you pick a design that is the proper size and scale.
Getting Ready Zone
We can also call your getting ready zone your primping or grooming area, because this is where you undergo all preparations for making it out of your house stylishly put together and ready to take on the world. For some people, that means having a walk-in closet or a vanity, but you can create a getting ready space by simply adding a storage piece for your clothing and accessories.
Checking yourself out in the mirror is another crucial part of getting ready. After all, you have to approve your look before you walk out the door. Whether you want a full length floor mirror to see your entire outfit, or just need a wall mirror that lets you confirm you’re the fairest of them all, any looking glass will do.
You don’t need a “dining room” to create an entertaining zone. With a small space-friendly round table, square table, triangle table our counter-height table, you can dine and entertain easily. And if your kitchen has a breakfast bar, that can be an additional meal destination.
Having an area where you can be productive - whether that means paying bills, answering emails or working on your side hustle - will allow you to better tackle your to-do list. As long as you have a desk with enough room for a laptop and notepad, you’re golden.