Dorms come with furniture. Apartments and other off-campus housing options do not. So what to do when you are moving out into your first off-campus digs? Here are some great pieces that maximize space and stay within budget while you create your own first home.
Ideally, your sofa should double as a bed, such as the uniquely modern Mali Combo Chair – Versatile Sofa Chair and Sleeper does! Converts instantly from sofa to sleep surface by folding the sides down. Includes fun color combos and more mature designs as well. Starting at $375
Platform beds are in, as they look less bulky in small spaces, and also because they require no box spring under the mattress. The Holland Collection Full/Queen Platform Bed (54/60") with Drawer has storage added in – a must in any compact dwelling. $184
Affordable dining chairs are everywhere these days. Look for sturdy wood designs and neutral, modern colors like this Set of 2 Solid Wood Dining Chairs that will pair well with different dining settings down the road. $159
Modern and colorful, the Altra Glass Top C Table is perfect for the modern student. The unique design allows it to slide under a sofa with the work surface right over your lap and the price point can't be beat. $63.99
The Yoko Table Lamp has a fun, Asian design flair and rings at just $33.99. Features a variety of color choices to add a pop to the room.
In addition to yard sale finds and second-hand helpers, these affordable home furnishings are a great way to start off decorating your first home!