First Apartment Design Ideas

Looking for apartment living tips? Check out our first apartment series, covering everything you’ll need from color schemes to furniture essentials.

So, you’re leaving the dorm for your very first apartment. Say goodbye to the futon and shower caddy! It’s time to step up your game. Get ready to upgrade your furniture along with your living space. To help with the transition from dorm to apartment living, we’ve collected practical tips on room design, furniture essentials and apartment decorating ideas. Scroll down to explore!

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Getting Started: Furniture Essentials for Your First Apartment

A grown-up apartment takes more than framed wall art. It involves creating an entire home, including rugs, a new mattress, adult furniture and accessories. No more flimsy, fold out moon chairs. Start with an affordable sofa and complement it with an area rug for texture, chic end tables for functional style and home décor touches to make the room your own. Try shopping some of the categories below for curated inspiration!

HM Now: Catalog Style at Budget-Friendly Prices

Who says you can’t make your first apartment stylish on a budget? HM Now is a curated collection of modern and stylish furniture that is designer-inspired but suited for every budget. Simply filter by price to suit your budget and start shopping everything from sleek contemporary designs to chic mid-century modern styles. HM Now makes it easy to shop for on-trend affordable furniture and will make your first apartment look like your favorite design catalog.

Sofas Under $500    |    Small Area Rugs    |    Chic End Tables    |    Modern Beds    |    Bar Stools Under $75    |    Round Dining Tables

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Find Style and Versatility: One Sofa, Three Ways

Your first apartment is a blank slate. It gives you a canvas where you can discover your personal style. Whether you love sleek, contemporary design or mix-and-match eclectic, we have apartment furniture and decor for every taste.

Watch as our designer, Zach, accessorizes one sofa in three different styles. You’ll find apartment style inspiration and learn how to update an entire room design, piece by piece. A few products used in this video are featured below, so you can shop the look for your own space!

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First Apartment Design Inspiration

Looking for style inspiration? Not really sure what to do with the latest design trends? Hm etc. is here to help! The official Homemakers blog has everything you need for apartment living: style news, home hacks, DIY projects, seasonal décor and more! We’ve pulled some of the best blog posts for decorating an apartment below:

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Explore More Apartment Design and Decorating Ideas

Find more apartment living inspiration below. You’ll discover style secrets from our designers, tricks for small space decorating and much more!

Modus Leighton End Table
Ashley D120 Bar Stool

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