Modern Minimalist Apartment Essentials List

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Modern minimalist apartments are designed to achieve a clean, tidy and aesthetically pleasing look. In turn, this means that choosing the right furniture and appliances to fit the style of your living space is crucial but choosing which items you need and don’t need is equally important. 

On one hand, moving into your new apartment can really make you realize how much stuff you don’t need that will only create a more cluttered living space. However, on the other hand, the moving process can also make you question what items you might be missing that are essential for your apartment.

Here you can find a comprehensive modern minimalist apartment essentials list broken down room by room.

Keep in mind that depending on your lifestyle, you may not need every item on the list but most are good to have.



There is arguably no other room more important than the one you probably spend the most time in.  Being the most private space in your house, it’s important that all the necessary furniture and fixtures are present and that the room is well organized.


  • Bed- Unless you like to sleep on the floor (which some spartan minimalists actually do), then the bed is a must. If you are really want to embrace a minimalist bedroom concept then you may want to consider a Japanese futon instead of a traditional mattress to save space and for easier transportability.
  • Bedside table- A bedside table isn’t completely necessary but it is pretty handy for placing your phone or watch on before you go to bed. If you choose to use a Japanese futon then there are bedside tables fit for that style of bed as well.
  • Nightstand lamp- Again… a lamp for your bedside table isn’t necessary but if you have a bedside table… it wouldn’t hurt.
  • Dresser- A dresser or a set of shelves to put your clothes on is a necessity.

Household items

  • Bedding- sheets and pillowcases
  • Blankets and pillows
  • Laundry hamper
  • Alarm clock
  • Curtains



Being minimalistic about the amount of kitchen supplies will certainly free you from the hassle and eyesore of clutter. However, you don’t want to get too carried away reducing clutter here. After all, no one wants to be eating oatmeal out of measuring cup because the one bowl you own is in the dishwasher.


  • Table and chairs- Pretty much the only essential pieces of furniture for your kitchen would be the kitchen tables and two to four chairs that come with it.

Basic Household items

  • Eatware: Plates, bowls, and glasses
  • Flatware: Forks, knives, and spoons
  • Cutting board and a basic kitchen knife set
  • Cookware: pots, pans and oven mitts
  • Can and bottle opener
  • Dish soap and sponges/scrubbers
  • Kitchen towels
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Cooking utensils- spatula, ladle, whisk, tongs and others depending on your cooking habits
  • Food storage Tupperware
  • Glasses and coffee mugs

Appliances (may be optional)



You don’t need all too many items in your bathroom but the ones you do need are pretty crucial.

It is important to note that the bathroom is where you would keep most of your household cleaning items. If you have a bathroom closet then you can best utilize this space to organize items such as these.


  • None- Not only is bathroom furniture usually unnecessary but there is rarely enough space in most apartments to even put a bench or chair

Basic household items

  • Hand and bath towels/ washcloths
  • Shower curtain and liner
  • Trash can
  • Toilet plunger, brush, and scrubber
  • Toilet paper and tissue box
  • Floor mat
  • Toiletries including toothpaste, toothbrush, razor, shaving cream, dental floss, deodorant, moisturizer, nail clippers
  • Shower supplies- body wash, face wash, shampoo
  • Laundry supplies- laundry detergent and possibly fabric softener

Living room (optional)

living room

Ultimately, as a minimalist, you may want to end up not putting anything in the living room (if you have one that is). Where many people relax and hang out, you may just want to keep this space open to keep a natural flow throughout your apartment.

However, if you do feel as though you want to add some basic furniture and appliances to your living room.


  • Couch- If you plan to have a few guests over or if you like to just hang out, a couch is never a bad idea.
  • Coffee table- Whether it be for kicking your feet up or placing your drink on, a coffee table may be of good use. 
  • TV stand and TV- What good is a couch if you cant enjoy your favorite show?
  • Chairs- Additional chairs are always a smart idea if you have guests over. Foldable chairs might be your best bet if you want to save space.

Odds and ends

  • First aid kit
  • Batteries
  • Flashlight
  • Storage containers
  • Vacuum cleaner

A Word On Storage

It’s safe to say that although you may not have all of the items and pieces of furniture listed above, chances are that you already have many items, not on the list that you wish to keep.

That’s perfectly fine.

However, to maintain a clean, minimalist look to your living space, being able to store those items conveniently is a must.

There are a few tips you can follow to make sure that you are storing your stuff in an organized way.

1. Utilize closet space

Using your closet space is probably the most obvious ways to store your belongings. For bedroom closets, you have the ability to store all your clothing as well as any other personal belongings that you don’t want sitting out in the open. For utility closets, of course, you can store cleaning supplies and other appliances.

2. Put shelves… everywhere

One of the best ways to save space is to line your bedroom, or really any other room with shelves high enough so that they aren’t intrusive but at the same time still reachable.

3. Hooks and drawers

Obviously, if you have a built-in coat hook or dresser drawers you should use those. However, you can also experiment with more creative fixtures. Hidden drawers, for instance, can be super useful and discrete at the same time. Using wall hooks to mount shoes can also be a unique but effective space saver. The possibilities go on and on.

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