There comes a time in almost every person’s life when you’re ready to live on your own. If you happen to live in a city like New York or L.A. where having a roommate is like a rite of passage, getting to the stage of living alone is a major milestone. After years of spending her 20s living with a collection of people, my friend recently signed the lease for a quaint one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. Of course, my natural instinct was to immediately send a laundry list of design inspo and home décor ideas.
It can be freeing to now be solely responsible for everything that goes into your space, yet at the same time, it can be difficult to figure out where to start. And with space at a premium pretty much everywhere, you’ll want to keep storage and functionality top of mind. While it’s tempting to splurge on everything new from top to bottom, it’s way more beneficial to prioritize a few quality pieces and go from there. By no means is the list below an exhaustive one, but rather, it’s a helpful place to start on the journey of solo living. I’ve also broken each of my recommendations down by room, so it’s easier to go through the entire list without missing a thing. Keep scrolling to check out the full list.