All the items you absolutely need if you are a first-time renter!

Renting your first place is such an exciting chapter and something we look forward to for the longest time. Although the excitement is off the charts, there are also what feels like a million things to do and check before you move in. To make matters worse, you may not be entirely sure what you actually need or what’s essential because you are a first-time renter! Let’s dive into what you absolutely need when moving into your first place.

All the items you absolutely need if you are a first-time renter!

Bedroom Essentials


Sleep is vital, so as a first-time renter a mattress should definitely be at the top of the list of items that are essential.  And of course you need all of the accessories that go along with it to make your bedroom cosy.  


Your bed, bedside table and dresser can all be a part of a matching set, or you can mix and match to suit your preferences. Obviously privacy is a necessity, therefore you definitely need curtains or shades. 


Purchase some hangers for when you move in, because the sooner you can unpack your clothes, the sooner your first place will feel like home. 


Here’s a list of some essentials: 


  • Mattress 

  • Bed, dresser, nightstand

  • Sheet set 

  • Duvet, comforter or quilt

  • Mattress topper or mattress pad

  • Pillows

  • Window treatments 

  • Clothes hangers/coat hangers



Living Space Essentials


At some point, you will be hosting some sort of event or casually having friends and family over, which means you will need seating. Select seating that matches your style while also being functional. A comfortable couch is definitely a need and opt for a sleeper coach of some sort, because it doubles as a place for guests to crash. 


A coffee table is necessary as it is a great place to put drinks when hosting a party or to place your morning coffee. A Television is a great investment, but it is not absolutely essential unless you are planning on hosting killer movie nights! As a first-time renter, you may not want to splurge too much initially. Over and above these things, you need decor! Decorating your living room will show off your style and individuality as this is the space your guests will spend most of their time. 



Bathroom Essentials


Your bathroom is probably the easiest and cheapest room to decorate. It might not need as much consideration as the rest of your space but you still want to incorporate your style. It’s rather simple to find coordinating shower curtains, towels and accessories so that is definitely a bonus. 


Here’s a list of some essentials: 


  • Shower curtain 

  • Bath towels

  • Hand towels

  • Toilet paper

  • Soap

  • Shower curtain liner

  • Shower curtain hooks



Kitchen Essentials


Every space is different, but at some point, you will want somewhere to sit other than your couch to eat. So getting a dining table and chairs is definitely something to consider once you are settled in, or just rent them from us. As appealing as paper plates, cups and plastic cutlery are, you need cutlery and crockery. Even if you start small and purchase a few things as you go along, it’s definitely essential. If you’d rather rent your kitchen essentials, check out our kitchenware options for rent


Here’s a list of some essentials: 


  • Table and chairs or barstools 

  • Plate

  • Cereal bowl

  • Water glass

  • Mug

  • Fork, knife, spoon

  • Dishtowels

  • Kitchen trash can

  • Sandwich bags or food storage containers

  • Serving platters

  • Silverware 

  • Serving utensils

  • Other cooking utensils you think you’ll use. 

  • Pots and Pans - Large stockpot, 2-quart saucepan, 10-inch frying pan, Rimmed baking sheet, Cookie sheet and a Large baking/casserole dish.

  • Appliances - Coffee pot and/or kettle, toaster or toaster oven, microwave, hand mixer, blender and a crockpot or instant pot.

  • Spices and pantry - Salt, pepper, spices you cook with often, oil (vegetable, olive, coconut, etc), sugar and condiments. 

  • Miscellaneous kitchen items - Water filter, recycling bin, cutlery organizer, dish drying rack, paper towel holder and oven mitts.



Cleaning Essentials 


It would be ideal if you did a deep clean the day before you move in, that way you’re moving into a freshly cleaned space. 


Here’s a list of some essentials: 


  • Dustpan and broom or vacuum

  • Multi-purpose liquid cleaner 

  • Paper towels

  • Trash bags

  • Toilet scrubber

  • Toilet bowl cleaning solution

  • Dish soap

  • Sponges

  • Dishcloth 

  • Laundry basket

  • Laundry detergent

  • Stain remover

  • Dishwasher detergent



First-Aid Kit Essentials


Sadly, accidents can happen when moving. You can cut a finger opening boxes or on a broken water glass, so you’ll want band-aids and ointment on hand. 


Here’s a list of some essentials:


  • Band-Aids

  • Antibiotic ointment 

  • Anti-inflammatory such as Advil

  • Thermometer


Safety Essentials


Safety first! 


Smoke detectors are usually standard in an apartment, but if not you may want to add one or two just to be safe. It is also a good idea to have a carbon monoxide detector and a small fire extinguisher. This may sound excessive, but rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it. 


Here’s a list of some essentials:


  • Smoke detectors

  • Carbon monoxide detector 

  • Fire extinguisher


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Moving into a new place as a first-time renter is pricey enough as it is, why not rather rent all your home essentials? That way you can change up your space whenever you want to and don’t have a massive initial investment into furniture. 


Renting furniture saves tons of furniture from the landfill and limits metric tons of CO2 from entering the environment. We offer short term and long term furniture rentals with an extensive online catalogue for you to choose from. While you dream up how to decorate your new home, we’re here to bring you the ultimate furniture rental service in order to make your move easy and effortless. You’re already renting an apartment/house, why not rent you furniture as well?


With this comprehensive list in hand, you’ll be certain that you have everything you need for your first home. 


Get excited, you’re moving in!

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