Whether you’re moving into your first apartment or upgrading to your first “adult” apartment as a 20-something, investing in a few home essentials is key. By essentials, we mean things that will make your apartment feel like home and make you feel like an independent, grown woman. Just by adding in the right home decor items, organization pieces, and useful tools, you can instantly turn your apartment into a space you’ll be excited to invite people into.
You don’t have to break the bank to make your place feel and look great. Amazon has a huge selection of home products on the cheap, so you can continue to pay off those student loans while working on your interior design bit by bit.
We scoured Amazon’s home department to compile a list of necessities every 20-something woman should have in her apartment. You of course don’t have to buy the exact items on this list. But browse the site to find things in your style and introduce them into your home decor collection. Your space will feel warm and inviting, and you’ll start to really feel like you’re adulting.
Unload your virtual shopping cart and get ready to fill it up again with useful and homey items that will improve your living space. Ready? Let’s go shopping.
1Tool kit: Black & Decker Drill Project Kit ($48.27)
You have no idea how handy you really are until you get your own tool kit.
2Nice cotton sheets: Sonoro Kate 1800 Thread Count ($33.90)
After sleeping on that Twin XL, it’s time for a major upgrade.
3A real vacuum cleaner: Bissell CleanView Bagless ($79.99)
Sorry, but that handheld thing from college has to go.
4Comfy reading chair: Divano Roman Furniture Mid-Century Modern Love Seat ($159.99)
Somewhere to cozy up and give yourself some you-time.
5An actual set of cookware: Vremi 15-piece Cookware Set ($44.99)
If you build it, they will come. If you buy yourself cookware, you will actually cook real food.
6Air mattress: Intex Pillow Rest Queen Air Bed ($50.99)
Because your friends are going to visit and they’ll need a place to crash.
7Area rugs: Safavieh Monaco Collection ($45.33)
Instant style, instant comfort, and instant sophistication.
8Wine/bottle opener: HQY Wing Corkscrew Wine Opener ($7.99)
You don’t want to be stuck googling “how to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew.” Trust us.
9Wine glasses: JoyJolt Stemless Set of 4 ($13.95)
Hello? Grown women shouldn’t be drinking wine out of red plastic cups.
An absolute must for those of you who work from home.
11Matching high-quality hangers: Home-it Premium Velvet Hangers ($19.99)
Your closet will look like heaven.
12Wall art: wall26 3-Piece Canvas Wall Art ($49.99)
Blank walls make us sad.
13Basic but complete dinnerware: AmazonBasics 18-Piece Dinnerware Set ($31.99)
When you have enough plates and bowls to serve 4 to 6, having people over will be that much easier.
14Matching towel set: AmazonBasics Fade-Resistant Cotton 6-Piece Towel Set ($17.99)
To make your bathroom feel like a pristine hotel.
15Cleaning products: JAWS Eco-Friendly Home Cleaning Kit ($19.99)
Just add water and a little elbow grease to make your apartment sparkle.
Hey, adults take care of the air they breathe!
17Added protection: Calslock Portable Door & Travel Lock ($19.95)
Just to give you more peace of mind.
We hope you found a few things you think you can use as a 20-something in her big-girl apartment. Stock up, collect, and turn your place into an actual home.