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First Apartment

Getting my first apartment.

Going unfurnished to test what I really need. When I travel I take a mere backpack with everything I need.

But if I’m living, I’ll want a few more things. My filter for decisions is an attempt for anything that I bring/acquire for my apartment to fit into my small coupe.

Things I plan to take from home:

  • Clothes
  • Lights
  • Blankets
  • Monitor
  • Beach chair (Leaving in Florida)
  • Bike (Leaving in Florida)
  • Towels
  • Mug
  • Water bottle
  • ✅ Hammock
  • ✅ Whiteboard
  • ✅ Posters
  • ✅ Chair for working

Things to acquire for apartment:

  • Bed
  • Desk for working
  • Table for eating
  • Water filter
  • Window coverings (required by lease agreement?)
  • Cooking appliances
  • Router? (comes with apartment ISP agreement)
  • ✅ Renters Insurance
  • Misc Items

I’d really love an air purifier and piano but we have bigger priorities listed above.

Here’s a quick rundown of the products I’m looking at:


This post from J-Life International sold me.

I have a partner, so size requirements go up to queen—if I’m going to go bigger might as well equip to my 6’ 3” size as well.

Product Price for Full (2x for 75x54”) Price for Queen (2x for 80x60)
Tatami Mats (Optional) $440 $500
Shikifuton with Cover $500 $540
Kakefuton with Cover $360 $360
Buckwheat Hull Pillow $50 $100
Total $910 $1000

Beds, fit for two, are expensive.

J-Life International The Japanese Futon:

The best way to determine your needs is to purchase the Shiki Futon to start. Try it for at least a week. If you feel that you need additional support or comfort, purchase the 3-Fold Mattress.

After watching J-Life International Full Futon Bed Setup and First Impressions, I put more weight on the Kakefuton than Tatami Mats. Now opting for a rug or a mere blanket to separate it from the apartment carpet.

Alternative Amazon option for $375. Scroll down to see the frequently bought together section.

  • $168.00 FULI Japanese Traditional Shiki Futon (shikibuton) High Grade Floor Mattress, Twin XL. Made in Japan
  • $158.00 FULI Japanese Traditional Igusa (Rush Grass) Tatami Mattress, Twin XL. Made in Japan
  • $49.99 FULI 100% Cotton Cover for Traditional Japanese Floor Futon Mattress, Twin XL, Gray. Made in Japan

Alt bed and furniture

Hammock stand for hammock I already own:

Hammock stand with hammock


Standing desks are nice.

Fold-in-Half Table 48 x 24”

Could try out a riser stand.

Desk Chair

Curious about this kneeling chair and ErgoStool. For alternating positions of kneel/stand and chairs that take up minimal space.

Table for eating

Coffee table

Water filter

Per: Wirecutter

Cooking appliances

Taking inspiration from Minimal Wellness Kitchen and their list of kitchen essentials.

Here’s the thing, I’m not going to buy anything until I realize I want to use it.

So my current essentials are:

  • Electric kettle
  • Pan
  • Pot
  • Can opener
  • Cutting board
  • Forks, spoons, knifes, bowls, plates, cups (Max four)
  • Wooden cooking utensils
  • Cumin, ginger, paprika, tumeric, chili pepper, pepper and salt.

Things yet-to-be essential but I see coming:

  • Colander
  • Knife 8”
  • Rice cooker?
  • Slow cooker
  • Blender
  • Juicer


Hopefully can just pick one off from someone I know.

Misc Items