|Move Loot makes furnishing your first NYC nest a snap.|
Finding your very first New York City apartment is nerve-racking and exhilarating at the same time. There’s so much to think about once you’ve signed that lease. From adjusting to life in the Big Apple to affording the rent, the moving process in NYC is a huge undertaking. And furniture? That is another story. Where to begin? Before you start shopping for that new sofa, keep these points in mind for a stress-free experience when furnishing your New York apartment.
Measure, measure, and measure more.
You’ll want to be certain that any new furniture you purchase will not only work in your apartment, but be able to get inside. It’s no secret that you’ll be using an elevator or walking up several sets of stairs when you decide to take on apartment life. Know that older elevators tend to be small, and stairwells can be narrow in prewar buildings, so invest in a measuring tape if you don’t own one already. If you’re not savvy at recording accurate measurements, ask your super to lend a hand. Don’t ignore the halls or doorways, which might be the trickiest.
|Dreaming of a Chesterfield sofa? Measure your elevator, hallways, and doors so you know what sizes will fit.|
Ready your apartment for furniture.
Get your place spic and span before you show up with furniture. Try and schedule your move-in date accordingly so you have at least a day to do basic household cleaning such as vacuuming, washing the floors, and scrubbing the kitchen and bath.
If you have time, paint before moving any furniture. If not, be prepared to take furniture out of the room that you’re painting or completely cover it in plastic in case you splatter or spill.
Go smaller rather than larger.
If your apartment is a studio, small one-bedroom, or the rooms in your apartment are compact, you’ll do best to avoid over-sized furniture. Think apartment-size, and pull out that measuring tape once again because you’ll need it when you go shopping.
|Go smaller rather than larger.|
Buy key furniture pieces first.
Start with larger items that are must-haves such as a sofa, bed, desk (if you need one) and a dining table (if you have the space). After you’ve purchased the furniture that you’ll use every day, you can fill in with smaller pieces or accoutrements like that gilded Klismos chair you love, or that small-scale lacquered entry console you’ve been dreaming of.