5 Essential Elements Every Design-Savvy Apartment Should Have

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You’re about to move into your new apartment after months or even years of waiting for this moment. The next step is to kit it out with furniture and fittings to make it inviting to you and your loved ones.  To make sure that your new pad is fully equipped to make you feel soothed and comforted, we’ve got a list of top things you should adorn it with to bring out the proud homeowner in you.

Window coverings
The first thing you should buy for a new place definitely has to be window coverings. After all, you wouldn’t want your neighbours to be peeping in on your daily activities. There are plenty of options available, ranging from drapery to retractable shades to night curtains, but take note that certain coverings work better in specific places of the home than others. For example, night curtains should only be reserved for the bedroom as their light-blocking properties can help you sleep better, but using it in the living room can make the space feel overwhelmingly heavy visually.

Image credit: 0932 Design Consultants

Image credit: 0932 Design Consultants

Ample lighting
One of the characteristics of a well-designed apartment lies in the ability to layer light. This means that any room in your home should have at least two different types of light sources. For starters, overhead lighting is a basic necessity for they are used to set the ambience and mood of a space. Moving on, you should then think about task lighting in specific areas of the room. These can come in the form of bedside lamps for reading purposes or illumination strips on the bathroom mirror for makeup needs.

Image credit: Wong Weiliang

Image credit: Wong Weiliang

Sufficient seating
Once you’ve gotten your own pad, the chances of you playing host to family and friends will definitely increase. And there’s nothing worse than going to a gathering or a party and having to plop down on the ground to interact with other guests in attendance. So, make sure that everyone has plenty of places to sit by investing in dining benches, barstools, folding chairs and the like. And speaking of parties, do also make it a point to stock up on entertaining essentials like wine glasses and inexpensive china to avoid your guests having to dine on plastic and paper cutlery.

Image credit: Richfield

Image credit: Richfield

Designated workspace
If you find yourself requiring to work after hours or on the weekends, you may need to single out a room or corner for a home office. In order to keep your personal and business lives separate, it’s important to have a designated workspace to allow you to complete your work necessities without being distracted by the outside noise. And while each workspace is unique to the individual, basic essentials include a desk with ample tabletop space, a comfy armchair, stationery and a filing cabinet.

Image credit: Wong Weiliang

Image credit: Wong Weiliang

Proper bedding
After a long day at work, what awaits you is a good night’s sleep in your private chambers. But how do ensure you get a bed that’s comfortable and durable? No, it’s not about having the right grade of thread count that matters. Rather, it’s about making sure the bed is suited to your needs. For example, a memory foam mattress would work best if you sleep on your side regularly, while people with back problems should seek out a innerspring mattress with a high firmness rating. Then, it’s all about kitting out your bed with a fitted sheet, a blanket or a quilt, and a couple of pillows for a truly luxurious siesta.

Image credit: Studio FortyFour

Image credit: Studio FortyFour

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