Apartments With Move-in Specials | Apartminty

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Right now is a fantastic time to be looking for a new apartment home in Washington, DC. The past few years’ construction boom has added a surplus of apartment inventory to the market. The result of extra apartment inventory = move-in specials!

If you are willing to commit to a longer lease term you can score anywhere between one to three months free! Plus if you can make a quick decision, apartments are offering additional incentives like $250 gift cards, free parking, free meal delivery services, and more.

Move-in specials used to only be found at new construction buildings that were just opening up. With all the extra apartment inventory in DC now, the interesting thing we are seeing is that older buildings are getting in on the concession game, too! So it’s possible to get one or two months free at the more budget-friendly buildings.

We’re starting a list of apartment specials here and will add to it as we find more. Hear of an awesome special? Drop us a line at and we’ll be sure to add it to the list!

Avec on H Street

Get up to two months free + $250 gift card

901 H Street NE, Washington, DC Text with an agent: 855-283-1852 Speak with an agent 833-758-5743

Avec on H is a new apartment building on H Street NE. The building has a huge rooftop with a pool, outdoor living rooms with heaters, conversation areas with firepits, and grilling areas. The building has studios, one, two, and three-bedroom apartments starting at $1564. You can get the two-months free movein special by choosing a longer lease term and if you apply within 48 hours of your apartment tour, you get the additional $250 gift card. They are offering self-guided tours and virtual tours. Check out Avec floorplans here.


Get up to two months free!

1717 20th Street NW, Washington, DC

Speak with an agent 833-300-3125

Dupont Apartments is located just two blocks from the Dupont Circle metro stop. The smaller apartment building doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a new luxury building, but the prices are great and the location can’t be beaten! The building has studios and one-bedroom apartments starting at $1490. You can get the two-months free move-in special on any available apartment right now. They are offering self-guided tours and virtual tours. Check out Dupont Apartments floorplans here.


Get up to two months free!

1221 South Eads Street, Arlington, VA Speak with an agent 877-472-3092

Aura Pentagon City is located in the heart of Pentagon City. Living here means an easy commute to the Pentagon, Boeing, and the new Amazon HQ2! The building has two rooftop pools, 24-hour concierge, fitness center, and complimentary coffee service! Apartment sizes range from studios up to two-bedrooms and come equipped with large closets, full-size washers and dryers, and gas ranges. You can get the two-months free move-in special on specific apartments right now. Check out Aura floorplans here.


Get Six Weeks free!

2800 Woodley Road, NW Washington, DC Speak with an agent 833-226-4798

2800 Woodley is on a residential street in the Woodley Park neighborhood. Just four blocks from the Woodley Park/Adams Morgan metro station, this is a great apartment for car-free living lifestyle. However, the residential street does allow for street parking. This rent-control building has a stunning lobby and some of the friendliest front desk employees you will ever meet. The rent is inclusive of all utilities with the exception of cable/internet. Apartment sizes range from studios up to two-bedrooms and come equipped with large closets, wood parquet floors, and gas ranges. You can get the six weeks free move-in special on any available apartment right now. Check out their floorplans here.


Get up to Two Months Free!

1701 Massachusetts NW Washington, DC Speak with an agent 833-716-9395

Located on Massachusetts Avenue, NW The Baystate is made up of 111 studio apartments. The building offers package receiving and pick-up/delivery dry cleaning service. There is on-site management and for your convenience a mobile app to submit work orders or pay your rent. There are an on-site laundry room and fitness center. In the warmer months, you can enjoy the rooftop deck. Studio apartments at this property start at only $1395! You can get the two-months free move-in special on any available apartment right now. Check out their floorplans here.

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Must Have Tools for Thanksgiving Dinner Prep This Year | Apartminty

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We don’t have to tell you that Thanksgiving looks and feels a lot different this year.  This may be the first you you are cooking the big meal yourself.  While we wish we could be there to help, the next best thing is to share with you our favorite tools for prepping a Thanksgiving feast.  And once you’ve got all the tools ordered, be sure to check out our Pinterest boards, for all of our favorite recipes both for Thanksgiving dinner and for the accompanying drinks.






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New Kids On The Block: The Latest & Greatest New DC Apartments For Rent | Apartminty

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Agora, the second building of The Collective apartment community, is expected to open in January of 2018. Located in the Capitol Riverfront, Agora is located in one of DC’s most trending neighborhoods. The building will have  one, two, and three bedroom apartments available. The apartments take luxury to the next level – European style kitchens, stainless steel appliances, large ceilings, and spacious rooms, all with a modern feel. The community is pet-friendly but will offer animal-free floors as well. Residents of both Agora and Park Chelsea (building 1 of The Collective) enjoy access to the amenities of both buildings, including rooftop pools, fitness centers, spa rooms, a virtual golf simulator, a full-size demonstration kitchen, rooftop lounge with fire pits and grill areas, and much more. Living at Agora will be an experience you don’t want to miss.  

Incanto is a brand-new apartment building located in the Wharf, DC’s newest Southwest Waterfront community. As part of the Wharf, Incanto is right in the mix of all that the new community has to offer. Studio, one, and two-bedroom apartments are available, ranging in size from 395 SqFt to 1,024 SqFt. The apartments are beautiful, and every amenity you could ask for is available. Fitness center, resident lounges, courtyards, and Wharf Club Memberships are just a few of the amenities this pet-friendly community has to offer. Incanto is the best place to enjoy the luxury of living waterfront in DC. 

The Channel is another luxury apartment community located at the Wharf. Waterfront views, over-the-top amenities, and easy access to all of the Wharf are just a few reasons why we love The Channel. Studio, one, and two-bedroom apartments are available to move into immediately. Each apartment features concrete flooring and ceilings, spacious and open rooms, and floor to ceiling windows. The community has one acre of green space, an infinity pool with cabanas, two fitness centers, a party room, lounge area, dog run, community garden and more. The Wharf is one of DC’s most happening areas, and The Channel will have you feeling right at home while enjoying all of the action.  

Located in DC’s Union Market area, The Edison is a brand-new community offering industrial style apartments. One and two-bedroom floorplans are available, ranging in size from 559 SqFt to 1,143 SqFt. In addition to The Edison’s convenient location, the amenities offered are top of the line. Fitness center, multi-media lounge room, outdoor courtyards equipped with fire pits and a full kitchen, and a soon-to-be on-site Trader Joe’s are just a few things we love about this community. The apartments have two finishes to choose from, both of which feature high ceilings, modern kitchens with quartz countertops and stainless-steel appliances, and spacious rooms and closets. If you move in now, there could be up to 1.5 months of free rent, so act fast!  

One of the newest additions to the Capitol Riverfront is 1221 Van, a luxury apartment building overlooking National’s stadium and the rest of DC. 1221 Van offers pet-friendly studio, one, and two-bedroom apartments and a variety of community amenities. Spacious kitchens designed for entertaining, beautiful bathrooms with porcelain tubs and tiled flooring and wood-inspired flooring give the apartments a chic and luxurious feel. Residents can relax and enjoy the community’s rooftop infinity pool, fitness center, incredible rooftop views, and a full-service concierge. At 1221 Van, you can be a part of the booming Capitol Riverfront community.  

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Van Ness DC Neighborhood Guide | Apartminty

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NorthWest DC   •   Residential   •   Neighborhood Feel   •   Bike-Friendly

Studio: $1500
1 BR: $1735
2 BR: $2224

Walkscore: 81
Transit Score: 66
Metro: Red Line

Van Ness is a suburban Northwest D.C. neighborhood located next to Rock Creek Park. This beautiful tree lined neighborhood is diverse, quiet, and close knit. While the area is not known for having a big nightlife scene, it is recognized for its residential feel, its convenient location, and the wide variety of residents and housing options that you will find here. The community takes pride in the beauty of the neighborhood – sharing borders with Rock Creek Park makes Van Ness a scenic neighborhood, and residents hope to preserve that.


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Sfoglina, a pasta house, opened it’s doors in Van Ness in 2016 and has been a neighborhood staple ever since. The menu focuses on traditional Italian meals and is subject to change daily. The menu features dishes meant for sharing with the group, as sharing meals is a common theme in Italian culture. Sfoglina is our favorite brunch option in Van Ness. Every Saturday and Sunday brunch is served from 10:30AM until 2:30PM. The standard brunch menu is offered in addition to rotating brunch specials. The menu consists of your typical brunch, but with an Italian twist – Ricotta Pancakes, Egg Frittata with Proscuitto, and more. They have brunch mocktails and cocktails to choose from as well. The atmosphere is very conducive to a fun extensive brunch with friends – enjoy the cozy and relaxed feel inside, or there is a covered outdoor patio where brunch is served as well.

Adams Morgan Happy Hour DC

There is nothing like a good Mediterranean café to enjoy happy hour, and Acacia Bistro is our favorite in the Van Ness area. This wine and tapas bar mainly specializes in Italian, Spanish, French, and Turkish cuisine, and they have a delicious wine to pair with every item on the menu. Happy Hour occurs daily from 3:30PM to 6:30PM.  The drink options are extensive – $6 glasses of wine, $4 beers, and specialty cocktails for $6. There are happy hour food specials as well – apps to share for $4 – $11, and house pizzas for $10. Charcuterie and cheese boards are offered at a price of 3 options for $13. The cheap prices, delicious food and drinks, and fun Mediterranean vibes make for the perfect Happy Hour spot. 

Adams Morgan Gyms & Fitness Centers | Where To Work Out In DC

Gold’s Gym is the neighborhood workout spot in Van Ness. Located right on Connecticut Avenue, getting here is extremely convenient for those living in the neighborhood. The gym is open every day from 5:00AM until 11:00PM. Members can enjoy a variety of amenities: Cardio Cinema, Cycle Studio, Group Exercise Classes, Cardio Equipment, Free Weights, Training Area equipped with TRX, Locker Rooms, Towel Service, and Nutrition Counseling. Gold’s Gym truly has everything you could possibly need and more. One Free Class Pass and one Free VIP Pass is offered to those looking to join Gold’s Gym and can be redeemed online.

Getting Around DC | Adams Morgan Transportation

Van Ness has great public transportation options, which is typically the best way for anyone to get in and out of the neighborhood. The Van Ness Metro stop is centrally located in the neighborhood. Because of the metro, leaving and coming back to Van Ness from the rest of the D.C. area is quite convenient. There are several bus lines passing through the neighborhood as well, adding to the convenience of public transportation. Van Ness is a very walkable neighborhood, too. Residents can easily walk to access errands, shops, restaurants, and bars.

Adams Morgan Lifestyle | Living In DC

The Van Ness residents vary in age, race, and ethnicities, and the neighborhood is very proud of that. The University of the District of Columbia and Howard University School of Law are located in Van Ness, as well as several Embassies and businesses, adding to the mix of residents here. There are several neighborhood events hosted throughout the year, bringing a strong sense of community to the area. Due to the close proximity to Rock Creek Park, Van Ness is a “Tree and Slope Protection Overlay District” – building height and maximum ground coverage of buildings have a limit in order to maintain the essence of the Park.

Living In Adams Morgan | DC Apartments Adams Morgan

Housing in Van Ness varies – there are both large and small homes scattered throughout the neighborhood, as well as large condominium and apartment buildings. For the most part, Van Ness is an expensive area to live in. However, it is possible to find various price points here, due to the diversity of the residents. There are several apartment buildings throughout Van Ness that offer one to three bedroom apartments, a wide variety of amenities, and easy access to the neighborhood and other D.C. neighborhoods.

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How to Decorate a Small Apartment Bathroom | ApartmentSearch

Plain white bathroom with wall-mounted sink and window

Every room in your apartment is thoughtfully decorated—except for one. The bathroom! However, you shouldn’t let overcomplicated craft projects and DIY paint jobs keep you from sprucing up your WC. Instead, turn to these easy tips for decorating a small apartment bathroom—including some cheap and simple decor ideas.

Start From the Bottom

Before you start your bathroom decor journey, give yourself a clean slate to begin. Ask yourself, “Is there any use to all the empty shampoo bottles sitting in the shower?” Evaluate whether you really need that old tube of blue mascara, and assess whether your beauty products have expired!

Pro tip: many cosmetics come with a shelf life symbol that indicates how many months they’re good for once opened—it looks like a jar with an unscrewed lid and has a number written on it, which represents the number of months.

Don’t limit this bathroom detox to your makeup bag, though! Clean out your medicine cabinet and drawers, too. Once you begin to empty your cramped space, you will notice how much of it’s taken up by things you don’t need. Too much clutter, too little time? No worries, here’s a 15-minute bathroom cleaning routine to get yours squeaky clean in no time.

Combine Function and Creativity

One of the best ways to make the most out of a cramped space is to be smart about your storage. For example, installing shelves can be an excellent opportunity to get some new storage space, and to show off your personality with some cute decor!

Love a good mirror selfie? You’ll love your mirror even more when it’s beautifully framed rather than just stuck to the wall! Take a page out of CoopCraft’s playbook and give your mirror a facelift using a secondhand frame and some velcro.

Another fresh idea that’s both fashionable and functional is hanging a sink curtain around your wall-mounted sink. The curtain will hide the unsightly plumbing coming out of the wall, and you can sneak a small stool or rolling bin underneath it, creating a concealed storage space for your toiletries. That’s only one of many ways to create extra room in a small apartment bathroom.

Don’t Give Into Painting Pains

Painting a space, no matter how small, can be a big headache. Luckily, there are ways to upgrade your plain walls that don’t require brushes or tarps. For example, check out RoomMates’ unique suggestions for decorating with peel and stick vinyl. A little wallpaper and a bit of creativity can help you do everything from designing a polished bathroom to giving your kitchen tiles serious Amalfi Coast vibes.

Flex that Green Thumb

There’s nothing better than some cute greenery to add pizzazz to your small bathroom! You can head out to your local garden center for some new succulents, bamboo plants, and more apartment-friendly plants! If you don’t want to worry about maintenance, fake plants are a real good option.

Decorating a space is a fun way to let your creativity and personality shine! Now that you know how to renovate your small apartment bathroom without a hammer and nails, there’s nothing in your way.

If you’re renting a space, always make sure to check with your landlord before making more permanent upgrades—it’ll save you some trouble when moving out. And if you need a whole new place to decorate, then check out recently-listed apartments on



How to Style Shelves | ApartmentSearch

Home office deskAhh… Shelves! Not only are they a great storage solution for books and framed photos, but, when styled right, they can also serve as a statement-making display. Read these styling tips and learn how to style bookshelves with knick-knacks, books, and other decorative objects to create a cohesive look that puts the fun in functional.

Shelf Styling Basics

  1. Creating dimension is at the top of bookcase styling tips 101. Mix and match type, size, texture, and tone to create a beautifully styled shelf. Group two to three objects of varying height and style for different areas of each level and distribute items with the same accent colors evenly throughout.
  2. Decorate bottom to top. Heavier objects should go on the bottom, and the delicates should be farther down. Larger items will help physically and visually anchor your shelving unit (if it’s a standing one).
  3. Take the time to plan and be selective in what you put on your shelves. Stand back and assess the whole picture as you decorate. Play with the groupings and placement until you’re pleased… and stop there. Resist the urge to keep adding objects or turn your shelves into a catch-all.

Color Rules

  1. Be thoughtful about the color palette of your shelves. Just like any room in the house, it’s essential to keep the color scheme consistent or the space will feel messy. Make sure the palette you choose for your shelves compliments the rest of the room.
  2. Pick a base, two accents, and one metallic. Though this isn’t a hard and fast rule, it is an easy formula for a color palette that’s stylish but safe! If you’d rather go neutral, choose monochromatic accents with different textures — like wicker, glass, and ceramic.
  3. If you’re not happy with your shelves, try a new coat of paint. Painting or wallpapering the inside wall of built-ins can also be a fun way to add a pop of color.

Creative Ideas for Books

  1. Turn books backward, so their spine faces inside. This creates a unique but uniform look and is especially helpful if you want a monochromatic shelf.
  2. Create a book gradient. Make the most of colorful book covers and organize your books by color for a stunning ombre effect. Take a peek under book jackets as well — the plain cover may work better for your desired look.
  3. Use books as bookends. Stack some books flat bumped up against standing books. This not only makes your shelves a little more interesting, but it also provides pedestals to exhibit other objects and help with the height factor.

Tips for Frames

  1. Layer your frames strategically. Shelves are a great way to display framed photographs and artwork without damaging the walls (and incurring that annoying fine when moving out of an apartment). Layer larger frames behind small frames or objects or set a small frame on top of a stack of books to balance the shelf’s height.
  2. Use the same filter for your printed photos. The quality and type of photographs can vary, resulting in an undesirable medley of color and style. Printing all your pictures in black and white can help bring uniformity to your shelves. Display them in simple white or black frames for a classy, monochromatic look.
  3. Frame unique things. From children’s artwork to your favorite magazine covers, framing unique items, you can add character to a room and keep your best memories in clear view.

Other Creative Things to Put on a Bookshelf

  1. Try candles! Candles don’t just fill the air with a pleasant fragrance—they’re perfect for bookcase styling! You can find gorgeous ceramic candles and elegant candlesticks that are more art than object.
  2. Give vintage china a whirl. Not sure what to do with those one-of-a-kind ceramics or various decorative dishes you love to pick up at estate sales? Rescue them from the back of the kitchen cabinet and display them on your shelves.
  3. Give plants the green light. Display simple greenery for a natural element or fresh flowers for pops of color. Place little plants on stacks of books and perch trailing house plants on the top shelf and let the vines spill over the edge.

Now that you know how to decorate bookshelves, you need the right place for the perfect shelfie! Find apartments with built-in shelves (or apartments big enough for all your bookshelves) with ApartmentSearch. Filter your search by zip code, rent, amenities, and more!



How to Organize a Small Room with No Closet | ApartmentSearch

Woman sitting on her computer in a room full of boxesWhen you first saw the place, you thought having a room without a closet was “charming.” Now that you’ve unpacked your whole wardrobe and have nowhere to stuff your stuff, it doesn’t seem charming at all! Don’t worry, though — you can have the apartment you dreamed of with just a little creativity and organization. Try these tips for organizing your place with no closet space.

Purge Your Possessions

You knew this one was coming and were probably dreading it, so let’s get it out of the way. Even if you got rid of items before the move, go ahead and “Marie Kondo” your clothes as you unpack. Do the same with smaller décor and knickknacks — too many tchotchkes will just end up cluttering your apartment. If you need more direction on decorating, we’ve got some more tips to avoid decorating mistakes.


If your apartment is missing a closet, just bring your own! Find a free-standing wardrobe or clothing rack that’s both sturdy and stylish. One with a hanging rack and shelving is ideal since it can hold anything from button-downs to boots. Just avoid anything too large for your space. Over-the-door shoe racks are great space savers, also — and a must if you can’t bear to part with your favorite pairs of sneakers.

Rotate Seasonal Clothes

You won’t need that down jacket in July, and sandals won’t keep your toes warm mid-winter. In the warmer months, store your tanks, shorts, sandals, and sundresses in the front of your closet space and drawers. When the cold weather rolls in, swap out those clothes for your jeans, sweaters, boots, and jackets. Layers you’ll wear in any season, like tees and cardigans, can stay easily accessible year-round. Move the out-of-season items to hidden storage (like under the bed as mentioned above) to minimize the clutter.

Don’t Let Any Space Go to Waste

Utilize multi-functional furniture and hidden storage. Loft your bed to create space for storage underneath it or purchase a bed frame with built-in drawers. If you want a bench or ottoman for extra seating, look for one that doubles as a trunk. These are great places to keep things you only need every so often, like out-of-season clothes or bed linens. And the right shelving can maximize your storage space while maintaining your apartment’s aesthetic. Vertical and open shelves will keep a small space from feeling smaller but requires good upkeep.

Look for Simple Storage Solutions

Invest in decorative baskets or fabric bins, and plenty of them! Of all the small space storage ideas, these are possibly the easiest and most functional. They can store anything from socks or jewelry to t-shirts or blankets and can sit on a shelf, slide under the bed, or stack (neatly!) in a corner.

Now that you know what to do if you don’t have a closet in your new apartment take your space from small to stunning with high-quality, affordable storage solutions from your nearest furniture outlet. And if your wardrobe is still spilling out, turn to ApartmentSearch to help you find a place with enough square feet for all your stuff!



Organizing Your First College Apartment | ApartmentSearch

college student sitting in a bright clean apartmentBetween tests, deadlines, and extracurricular activities, school is hard enough on its own! Keep your stress levels in check with an organized apartment (and no, color-coded trash bags won’t cut it).

Use these easy organizing ideas and tricks to make sure everything you need in your first college apartment is right at your fingertips when you need it.

Make Your Living Room Décor Serve Double Duty

Your living room is a place to lounge, sure, but it can also help you stay organized with tons of hidden storage space. Creating extra storage space and stepping up your college apartment décor is a win-win!

  • Put a large storage chest as a coffee table or footrest in the living room so you’ll have a space for blankets and extra linens.
  • Set small wicker baskets under your end tables to house coasters, magazines, and even remote controls.
  • Use freestanding shelves stocked with matching baskets to hide unsightly supplies, then add a few small decorative items for a stylish touch.

Maximize Your Apartment Kitchen

Most college apartment kitchens tend to be on the smaller side, and the kitchen is where you and your roommates will probably hang out most often! Organizing small spaces like cabinets and drawers can seem daunting at first, but there are plenty of tips and tricks to make it easy-peasy.

  • Mount hooks, racks, or small baskets on the back of cabinet doors to free up space in your kitchen cabinets for other supplies.
  • Use inexpensive plastic containers or drawer organizers to wrangle silverware and cooking accessories in your drawers.
  • Install small cabinet shelves to double your space for plates, bowls, and cups. Check out these other creative vertical storage ideas.
  • Hook a small pot rack inside your pantry or laundry room for large cookware.
  • Store large appliances on top of the fridge to save precious cabinet space.

Create a Calm, Organized Bedroom

Your bedroom is your private space to relax, so keep it clutter-free!

  • Create a place to hang your keys, backpack, and jacket on an empty wall with damage-free adhesive hooks.
  • Keep your papers and files in check without taking up valuable desk space using wall-mounted baskets.
  • Use cheap over-the-door hooks to house your purse or shoe collection, especially if you have a tiny apartment closet.
  • Use risers to lift your bed and use the extra space to store out-of-season clothing and other rarely used items.

Get Creative When Organizing Small Spaces in the Bathroom

Bathroom space is a premium in college apartments, especially if you’re sharing a bathroom with a roommate. Luckily, it’s easier than you think.

  • Store makeup and toiletries in dollar store silverware trays and baskets.
  • Make the most out of space under the sink with stackable containers.
  • Add an extra shelving unit above the toilet for more out-of-the-way storage.

Here at ApartmentSearch, we know that renting a small apartment has its own unique perks and challenges. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the best tips and tricks on college apartment décor, organization, and more!



How Much Furniture Do I Actually Need | ApartmentSearch

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Renting your first apartment comes with several other firsts in tow, like finding roommates, managing your bills, and figuring out just how much furniture you need to fill your space. With this guide, you’ll learn what furniture is a must when moving into your new apartment and what pieces you can pause on purchasing.

What to consider when renting for the first time

Becoming a first-time renter is an exciting chapter, but without previous experience, you may find yourself wondering, “How much furniture do I need?” By thinking through a few details about your living arrangements, you can get some much-needed clarity in your decision-making going forward.

The size of your space

The first thing to consider is the size of the apartment you’ll be calling home. Will you be living in a cozy studio or a spacious two-bedroom? Knowing the number of common areas and how many bedrooms and bathrooms there are to decorate is essential for planning furniture purchases.

Similarly, knowing each room’s dimensions can also be incredibly helpful; you don’t want to find a couch you love, only to realize it’s too big to fit in your living room. If you’re not able to visit the apartment and measure yourself, consult with your landlord or the online listing.

Whether you’ll have roommates

The number of rooms in your apartment likely hinges on whether you’ll have roommates or be living by yourself. There are definitely benefits and challenges to both situations, so you’ll need to weigh the options a bit before signing a lease.

If you live with other people, you’ll want to have a group discussion about who’s bringing what. There’s a chance your roommate has furniture for the common areas that can save you from buying a few things later on.

What you already own

It’s also smart to take an inventory of what you already own. Do you have a desk you used for school that could now be used in your home office? Or maybe your parents have a few pieces they’re ready to let go of that you could repurpose?

Taking stock of what you own or what is available to you is a valuable step in determining how much furniture you still need.

Your available budget

Although calculating a budget is a lot less fun than shopping for furniture, it’s still a necessary part of the process. You’ll need to factor in your monthly rent, utilities, groceries, gas, and other ongoing expenses to figure out how much you’ll have left to spend on furniture.

Your available funds will be a good indication of whether you can buy new furniture, rent fun pieces, or explore secondhand options for your space. The good news is, decorating a house on a budget is easy when you snag high-quality, gently-used items from CORT Furniture Outlet!

The essential items for each room in your home

Now that you’ve thought through a few variables that’ll influence your furniture choices, it’s time to dig into the essentials with this home furnishing checklist. While some things may not pertain to you (if you don’t have a designated office, for example), it’ll still help you separate what’s a priority from what’s less practical.

Living room:

  • sofa or loveseat
  • side/accent chair
  • coffee table
  • TV stand/console
  • end table(s)


  • small table and chairs (if no dining room)
  • cart or shelving unit

Dining room:

  • dining table
  • set of chairs (typically four)
  • bar cart or sideboard


  • mattress
  • bed frame/headboard
  • nightstand
  • dresser or chest of drawers


  • desk
  • desk chair
  • bookcase or shelving unit


  • medicine cabinet or shelving unit
  • wastebasket
  • hamper

Non-essential decor:

  • lamps
  • rugs
  • artwork
  • mirrors
  • pillows/throws
  • plants

Getting the essentials on a budget

When it comes to calculating how much furniture is needed in a room or apartment, remember to look at the size and layout, what your roommates can contribute, what you already own, and what your budget will allow.

And if you still haven’t found the perfect apartment, browse furnished and unfurnished units on ApartmentSearch — you’ll find a wide variety of places for rent and could even qualify for a cash reward!



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The Best Apartment Deals In DC Right Now | Cheap DC Apartments

We’re all about scoring a good deal here at Apartminty.  While we love perusing the top-of-the-line luxury apartments in DC, we also understand, sometimes an affordable rent is the better option. Either way, instead of you searching for Washington, DC apartments on Craigslist and property management company listing sites, we are delivering our choice of the best apartments to rent in DC right now.  Here’s our pick for the best Washington, DC apartment for rent today. Want more information on moving to DC? Check out Apartminty’s  Ultimate Guide to Moving to Washington, DC.


1768 Columbia Road NW

Washington, DC 20009

Studio Apartment
Unit #: 308
330 Sq Ft
Available Now

Why it’s a great deal:
The Shawmut is in the intersection of Adams Morgan and Kalorama and just a quick walk to Dupont Circle.  This apartment building is one of the most pet friendly buildings in D.C. They allow cats and dogs, but do not charge pet rent or a pet fee.  The customer service and maintenance team are incredible.   

The price on this studio apartment is not something you will see often! PLUS The Shawmut is offering two months free if you lease before the end of December!  You are only responsible for electric and cooking gas.   If you’re interested, reach out today! Looking for something a little different? Check out Apartminty’s guide How to Find an Apartment in DC.   *Pictures may not be of exact unit.*

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