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Your First Apartment Checklist For West Lafayette

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You toured the best place with the perfect floor plan for your first apartment. Now, you completed the agreement, boxed up your stuff, and you’re ready for moving day. However, knowing what items you’ll want for your new apartment can be tricky. What should be on your first apartment checklist for West Lafayette?

Here’s a checklist of the basics that you should have when you move in. You might be able to find some of these basic items from your old home, but for other pieces you might need to visit IKEA or West Lafayette’s local furniture store. Online stores such as Amazon or Target are always helpful. We’ll also show you a quick list of extra items that can make your first year more comfortable.

West Lafayette apartment bedroom 

West Lafayette First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These necessary household items work perfectly for a one-bedroom apartment, as you need somewhere to put your bed and clothes. If you will lease a bigger apartment, these things also are great for a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • At least two standard pillows

  • Sheets and pillowcases

  • Blanket or comforter

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser or armoire

  • Clothes hangers

Also nice:

  • Headboard for your bed

  • Large mirror

  • Nightstand and table lamp

  • Collapsible laundry hamper

  • Additional blankets

  • Television

  • Shoe rack

West Lafayette apartment living room

West Lafayette First Apartment Checklist: The Living Room

Whether you call it the living room or the family room, it’s the room where you’ll spend a lot of your time. It’s also the room where you’ll have friends and family sit in (although all parties end up in the kitchen).


  • Couch or a few comfortable chairs

  • Additional seating

  • Coffee table

  • TV stand or entertainment center

  • Electronics such as TV and audio equipment

Also nice:

  • Side tables

  • Shelves for books, momentos, or knick-knacks

  • Throw pillows and cozy blankets

  • Large area rug

West Lafayette apartment kitchen area

West Lafayette First Apartment Checklist: The Kitchen/Dining Room

The kitchen is easier to know what you need for a new renter because most of your large essentials -- like the refrigerator, dishwasher, and oven -- come with your apartment. You only really need a table and chairs for the dining area, but we recommend being able to seat at least four people. Even if you live by yourself, you’ll want to eat at the table with family or friends.


  • Dining room table and chairs (for at least 4 

  • Plates, glasses, and silverware (4 place settings)

  • Mugs

  • Mixing spoon, can opener, spatula

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A basic skillet or frying pan

  • A cookie sheet

  • A sharp chef knife

  • Pot for soup

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or a buffet for storing extra dishes

  • Coffee maker

  • Spices, including salt and pepper

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • plastic or glass storage containers

  • Corkscrew, cheese grater, and other cooking tools

  • A knife set with stand

  • Measuring spoons and measuring cups

  • Food -- It’s always helpful to move in with a fully-stocked fridge

West Lafayette apartment bathroom

West Lafayette First Apartment Checklist: The Bathroom

The bathroom is rather straightforward, as the shower, sinks, toilets, and medicine cabinets will be there already. If you’re stocking a guest bathroom, it only requires toilet paper, hand soap, and a small towel. There are only a few essentials needed in your main or master bath but not as many as in other rooms.


  • Toilet paper

  • Soap

  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, and other individual sundries

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Bath and hand towels

  • Shower liner, curtain, and hooks

  • Toilet brush

Also Nice:

  • Floor mat

  • Wall hooks for towels and bathrobes

  • Cup or toothbrush holder

West Lafayette apartment cleaning supplies

West Lafayette First Apartment Checklist: Miscellaneous Items

Some necessities aren’t limited to one room. Get these household items for an easy move.


  • Cleaning supplies

  • Trash pails for every room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

  • Base tool set which includes a flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, hammer, and wrench

Also Nice:

  • Wall artwork

  • Desk for your computer

  • Small knick-knacks

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Sweeper or mop

  • Extension and charging cords

  • Outside doormat

  • Towels and bag for the apartment swimming pool and fitness center

Find Your First West Lafayette Apartment At The Ivy Towns and Flats

Of course, the first thing on your first apartment checklist should be securing an apartment lease! Come and take a tour of The Ivy Towns and Flats and discover the perfect community for your first apartment. Call us at 765-300-4521 or click the Schedule a Tour button and take a tour with us today!