Furnishing a New Home Checklist

You’ve just signed the paperwork, and you’re moving into a new apartment or house. Congratulations! Moving in will probably be stressful, but you can ease into that transition by following our checklist for furnishing a new home. While everyone is different, this list addresses a general step-by-step recommendation to minimize the stress that comes with moving. Before you know it, you’ll see your place of residence transform into something you can truly call home.

Get Rid of What You Don’t Want or Need  

Before you depart your old home, go room by room and list out what you want to keep versus what you want to eliminate. Doing this early in the process will allow you to focus more of your energy on shopping for your new home. 

Stock Up on Packing Supplies

Next up, you’ll want to acquire packing supplies. If you’re unable to get any for free from small businesses, Craigslist, or elsewhere, be sure to buy boxes (including wardrobe boxes), markers, tape, and bubble wrap.

Set Up Electricity, Gas, Water, and Internet Before Moving In

There’s no need to move into a hot house devoid of functioning utilities. Make life easier on yourself by setting up your utilities before your official move-in date. Even if your cable company provides a modem, you can buy your own instead so that you won’t have to pay a monthly fee.

Start with the Essentials

When furniture shopping, begin with the following items:

  • A bed
  • Sheets and comforter
  • Kitchen basics: silverware, plates, glasses, and appliances you use often
  • A couch
  • Pots and pans
  • Cleaning supplies for your kitchen and bathroom
  • Shower curtain and liner
  • Towels
  • Dining table and chairs
  • Trash can


Living Room

For TV entertainment, your living room should contain a television, a sound bar, and a streaming device such as Chromecast. The living room should also contain a TV stand, a couch, tables, a bookshelf, a rug, throw pillows, and a throw blanket.  


At a minimum, your bathroom should contain soap, a shower caddy, a shower curtain, towels, towel hooks, a toothbrush holder, a toilet brush, toilet paper, a plunger, bath mats, and air fresheners or candles. 


This should contain a mattress and mattress pad, a bed frame, a dresser, a nightstand, sheet sets, a comforter and duvet cover, a mirror, a lamp, a trash can, an alarm clock, curtains, a fan, and a space heater. 

Other Essentials

You should have the right vacuum, a flashlight, light bulbs, matches, a drill, hammers, screwdrivers, laundry items, an extension cord, and a surge protector.  

Adding a Personalized Touch

At this point, you have your essentials—now it’s time to fill your apartment with decorative pieces. Art, accent blankets, and throws are all great additions to any home.

If there are any items you don’t need, this is a good stage to take that into consideration and donate any unwanted items.

This is just a general checklist for furnishing a new home. By stocking up on these essentials, your move-in will be easier, and you won’t lack anything you immediately need.