Real Simple: 7 First Apartment Essentials You Didn’t Know You Needed

Multipurpose Pieces


REAL SIMPLE – If you’re moving out on your own for the first time, you’re probably living in a one-bedroom or studio, not a multi-room penthouse. Focus on maximizing your limited space. “Get furniture that serves double duty! I’m a fan of nesting tables… they are great for a small room as they don’t visually take up a lot of space, but are extra versatile when additional surface space is needed,” says interior designer Jaclyn Joslin of Coveted Home. The same idea goes for lighting, too: “This small lamp is perfect for a desk or small bedside table, and it comes with a built-in USB port so that you can charge your phone or tablet while you work or sleep,” says interior designer Taniya Nayak.

To buy: Flesner Accent Table Lamp with USB Port, $40.

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