When you first moved into your apartment, you had your eye on the basics.
Dining room table? Check.
Bath towels? Check.
All those things are great when you’re just settling down in your new apartment. But now, it’s time to make your space your own and add a few fresh pieces of decor.
Give yourself permission to get a little crazy and think outside the box.
Leave the lava lamp and the faux ficus in the moving box where they belong. Instead, take a look at these nine crazy things you need in your apartment.
1. A Home Cocktail Machine
Your place, your rules!
Your new apartment is now the official hangout spot for you and your crew. And to break your new pad in the right way, a get-together is an absolute “must!”
What better way to celebrate than with The Drinkmaker?
This nifty little machine will let you bring your favorite cocktails to life and experiment with your own drink menu.
Just pop in a pod, press the button, and your fresh and chilled cocktail is complete!
All it takes is a minute to add a little life to the gatherings you host.
2. Unique Ball Floor Lamps
Nothing is duller than a bare lightbulb hanging from your living room ceiling.
Maybe it’s time to spice up the joint with a unique touch on lighting. We’re talking about battery-powered ball floor lamps!
These make the perfect fit in any room in your apartment.
You can add the 12cm lamp to your bedside table as you read your favorite novel before bed.
Or you can also place the massive 60cm LED ball on your apartment’s balcony when you invite the girls over for a mid-summer bonding session.
This product will add a little light to your place with a touch of style!
3. A Mini Fire Escape Shelf
Shelving is a must-have apartment storage solution. But if you’re drilling regular wood shelves into your apartment’s walls, you’re missing out!
A fire escape shelf is just what the interior designer ordered.
This neat wall shelf has three layers of metal shelving. It looks exactly like an apartment fire escape (how fitting) — down to the ladders from one floor to the next.
This unique shelf option makes a terrific addition in your living room or your apartment’s bland entryway.
Load it up with potted cacti and a few books, and make it a place to store the keys.
The options are endless.
4. A Faux Brick Wall
An apartment lease makes interior design complicated. However, you don’t need to tear down a wall or apply vibrant paint to personalize your space.
How about adding a stylish brick wall without violating your lease?
All it takes is some easy-stick and removable brick wallpaper.
With nothing more than a little glue and a long sheet of this wallpaper, you can add a beautiful brick accent wall behind your living room couch.
This might just be the perfect way to get that exposed brick look without the price.
And there’s nothing like a cozy farmhouse style to come home to after work.
5. A Wall Clock Made Out of a Record
Who needs a clock when you can just look at your iPhone or Apple Watch?
As it turns out, a bizarre clock can make a terrific dining room focal point and really catch the eyes of your guests during dinner.
So you can’t go wrong with a record clock made from real vinyl.
This clock style is neat, as you can choose your favorite old-school music genre that represents your personality best. That includes the 80s, jazz, and everything in between.
Adding this unique clock to your wall is great if you’re an old spirit.
There’s no better way to capture a vintage look, especially if you’re a music lover.
6. A Completely Customized Tapestry
No modern apartment is complete without a tapestry hung in the living room.
These days, you no longer have to settle for the cliche tapestry design, like a crashing ocean wave or a peace sign.
What your apartment needs are a completely customized tapestry.
You can upload your favorite photo to bring pizazz to your pad. Maybe that’s a scene you snapped on vacation in Italy or your favorite artwork of all time.
And decide where you’ll hang it!
A smaller 60 x 40 custom tapestry makes a great bedroom accent piece while a 95 x 70 piece can take up an entire wall in the living room.
It’s finally your chance to bring your artwork to life.
7. A Massive Curved Gaming Monitor
Decor is essential, but it’s not as vital as practicality.
Calling all gamers: This remarkable curved gaming monitor will turn your average apartment into a gamer’s oasis!
You’ve never played your online games quite like this. This monitor is insanely fast (no lagging!), sports massive dual screens, and adds a realistic touch to your games.
Save your work laptop for work, set this bad boy up, and call your fellow gamers over for your first-ever tournament.
Friday nights never looked so fun!
8. A Laser Cut City Map
Finding your own space likely meant leaving your hometown in the rearview. But you can’t deny that it’ll always be a part of you.
So why not memorialize your roots with a unique laser-cut city map?
Etched into the wood, these stylish maps give you the bird’s eye view of the place you once called “home.”
And they make the perfect accent piece for any room in your apartment.
Hang up the framed map over your apartment’s desk, order a few to pay homage to every place you’ve settled down in, and add a personal touch to your new spot!
9. A Giant Bean Bag Chair
It’s not the fanciest piece of furniture, but this is your apartment, and you crave 24/7 comfort. Maybe a giant bean bag chair is in your future.
These massive chairs are over five feet wide, will let you sink deep down into a pit of pure relaxation, and even fit two!
And you have tons of colors and patterns to choose from. So you have complete control over just how crazy your apartment’s decor gets.
Bright red, zebra print, or plain black suede, this bean bag chair is sure to give a little style to a normally-bland studio.
So you want to add some apartment decor that’s a bit outside of the norm, but you don’t know where to even begin.
Your best bet is to start your search at stores known for being a bit “out there.”
Author Bio: Adam Marshall is a freelance writer who specializes in all things apartment organization, real estate, and college advice. He currently works with Arch at Ft. Wayne to help them with their online marketing.