On a budget… not too tight but trying to keep it simple/minimal but chic (swipe for some inspo)
By - Robdjt
I would love to make some suggestions but first I have a few questions:
- do you need extra storage for clothing or are the closets sufficient?
- do you have enough storage at the entrance for coats and shoes?
- do you have a roommate in the second room that you're sharing the space with?
- do you have adequate bathroom storage?
- do you prefer to have a private space to get ready everyday (like a vanity or large mirror to sit at)?
- do you need a workspace? Would it be shared or private and worked into your bedroom space?
- do you require a full sized table for dining or do you tend to eat on the couch or in other places?
- do you like to have friends over often and entertain or would this really be more of a private space?
- do you have any hobbies or interests that require a bit of space or you would like displayed? (Because a collection of guitars or a cabinet filled with star wars memorabilia can really change the vibe, but still look cool if styled nicely)
How you plan to use the space definitely impacts what pieces of furniture you should prioritize and which items you could downsize on.
Probably will need a dresser with drawers for some extra things.
The entrance closet does have enough storage for coats and some shoes.
I do have a roommate in the second room.
Bathroom has a vanity mirror that opens up and some storage under the sink, though I do have abundant toiletries, likely some will need to be stored elsewhere.
Yes, need workspace, probably in my bedroom space. Have seen some desks around, but also have been thinking of buying a slab of wood and some cynder block to makeshift a table.
Definitely need a dining table, don’t know exactly what you mean by full sized. Will be inviting friends for dinner and also entertainment so also would like a living room of sorts.
No hobbies to show off, just a lot of art supplies to store myself.
What are you bringing with you?
As an aside, I LOVE finding someone who has taste as varied as mine...It's tough for me to find something I *don't* like.
Bringing two pots and my clothing, don’t own any furniture.
Very eclectic taste that can bend… But I do have my limits on what I like hah
Layout will come before any purchases....if you buy things randomly, you'll just waste time returning them.
You have a good size bedroom...it will be easy to fit a desk and bed in there..
The living room is rather small. It only looks to be about 7.5-8 feet wide. Because of this, I would have the dining space at the far end away from the kitchen (because it's the smallest area). You could either float the sofa (one end will need to be on the wall due to the width of the space) in front of the dining space and have the tv on the wall shared with the closet, or have the sofa face the kitchen and the tv on the wall shared with the fridge. This arrangement will allow you to have a longer sofa and an additional chair, so that's probably better for you.
The only alternative I see is to mount the tv on the far wall (with the double doors) and have a sectional on the wall shared with the coat closet and facing the kitchen. Your dining table would have to have leaves or a drop down so that you could have it against the wall shared by the second bedroom and expanded when you have friends over. You could probably do a floating media stand under the tv for your stuff...you can get them that are only about 12 inches deep.
Also living in NY so any local advice welcome
Are you in nyc? If so I recommend stopping, there are a bunch of Instagram accounts that post furniture that other people are trashing. Just watch out for upholstered stuff, it can have bedbugs.
A lot of your inspo is vintage, so thrifting or stopping is a good option to get decor.
Since you don’t really own anything right now, start by getting the essentials: mattress, bed frame, desk (if you will work from home ever) and storage. Once you’ve done that you’ll have a better idea of your budget for everything else.