What Do Furnished Apartments Include?

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Apartment hunters are faced with many choices during their search: rent or own, studio or one-bedroom, long-term lease or month-to-month…and furnished vs. unfurnished. Furnished apartments are easy to find, but knowing what they typically do and don’t include is important. You’ll have an easier time choosing a place—and planning your next trip to Target or Bed Bath & Beyond.

If you find yourself asking “what does ‘furnished apartment’ mean?” you may get different answers. However, there are certain furnishings that are usually included. Here’s what to expect, room by room, in a furnished apartment.

Living Room Furnishings

At the least, a living room within a furnished apartment will include a couch, coffee table, end table and lamps. A chair, ottoman or bookshelf may also be present, as well as electronics such as a TV or stereo system.

Bedroom Furnishings

You can expect to find a bed, a nightstand and a chest of drawers or armoire for clothing. Small bedrooms, like many in New York City, may only include a bed and nightstand. If there is no ceiling lighting in the room, a lamp will be included. Some furnished bedrooms also include a desk, an alarm clock and pillows, sheets and a comforter for the bed.

Bathroom Furnishings

Since most bathroom essentials like a toilet, sink and shower/tub are already built in, a bathroom in a furnished apartment will include a shower curtain at the minimum. There may also be towels and a bath mat, plus accessories like a toothbrush holder, tissue holder, soap dispenser and wastebasket.

Kitchen Furnishings

The kitchen is where you’ll find the most variation in what a furnished apartment includes. Both furnished and unfurnished apartments will include large appliances like a refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher, while furnished apartments may include small appliances like a coffeemaker, toaster, toaster oven, blender or food processor. The kitchen may also come equipped with cookware, bakeware, dishes and utensils, but this is less common.

Looking for a fully furnished apartment with all the essentials?

It’s nice to know that the day you move into your new apartment, all the day-to-day essentials are there—even the ones not typically included in a furnished apartment. If that’s what you’re looking for, consider renting a short-term, fully furnished and equipped apartment from Furnished Quarters. Our beautifully designed temporary furnished apartments are located within amenity-rich buildings and include everything you need, from silverware to contemporary furnishings.

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