I’m Moving to Brooklyn: Here’s How I Plan to Furnish My Apartment

As my move to New York approaches, I am starting to make plans about how I want to furnish my apartment. As a suburban California kid, I have always had many places to shop, a car to transport new stuff, and parents to pay for things. Living in Brooklyn, all of that will be different. As I start to make plans, I find myself looking for details about delivery prices and store locations, rather than simple things like prices of the things I want to buy. I have put a lot of time into the planning of this new apartment, and I want it to be perfect! Here are a few strategies I have come up with to make my moving process a little bit smoother:

Check out the Brooklyn Ikea

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-brooklyn-s-ikea-superstore-ny-august-august-founded-sweden-world-largest-furniture-retailer-image39120836I have always been a fan of Ikea. I love the modern designs, and the prices aren’t too bad for most things. I googled the Brooklyn Ikea, and I found that they will make a delivery in Brooklyn for $99.00. That would be a good idea for larger things like bookshelves, tables, a bed frame, couches, etc. I have a few things from Ikea in California that I love, and I would like to visit Ikea soon after I move to New York. Before I move, I may even go to my local Ikea here to compare my design eye with Ande, the friend I am moving with. We know each other pretty well, but there is nothing like living together to find our differences.

Find Decor at TJ Maxx and other discount stores

A lot of people don’t know this, but TJ Maxx, Ross, Marshall’s and other clothing discount stores are also great places to shop for home decor. Mainly because everything is so inexpensive! They are wonderful places for mirrors, rugs, bathroom furnishings, etc. I can always find things that are really original, and get a lot of attention.

Get a new mattress delivered

I realized that one of the main things I was worrying about was getting a bed. There are a few reasons for this. I think the main thing I was worried about was transporting my mattress to my new apartment. I am new to this, so I went online to figure out what the deal was. I have lived in campus housing at San Francisco State University for the past four years, and I have just never had to buy a new mattress! When I went online, I found many mattress stores that will actually deliver your mattress for free. There was one store that I found that actually stated that they will deliver anywhere within the five boroughs of New York City for free, and they will carry it up one flight of stairs. This is something I will keep in mind when I am looking for apartments as well.

Find thrift stores near my new apartment

Ande and I love thrift stores, and neither of us has problem with buying used furnishings. Thrift stores are perfect for things like lamps, kitchen supplies, art, and possibly even curtains and other decorations. We like thrift store shopping because we feel like everything has a story, and the prices are fun to brag about!

Go to Target for other items

I was happy to find that Brooklyn has many Target stores, because I love shopping at there. There are a few things that I wouldn’t be willing to buy at thrift stores, such as silverware, sheets, and blankets and pillows. I would want to go to Target to find these things. Target is one of the more expensive options for me, so I really want to limit the number of items I actually buy there.

I am starting to get excited about my move to Brooklyn. I think it will be a great experience and decorating my apartment will be one of the highlights. If you have any tips on other items I should shop for, or stores I should look into, please let me know!

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Benjamin Hawes is a recent college graduate from San Francisco that just made his life long dream of moving to New York come true in the beginning of 2015. While in college, Ben served as a resident assistant for three years, and has a lot to say about how to get along with roommates! He recently found an apartment in Bushwick, Brookyn. He is having fun making his way through New York as he starts to decorate his apartment and pay his bills!

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