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Men are simple creatures. There are many things every man should have in his apartment, but the truth is that men don’t need many material possessions to be happy. You have probably seen the pictures of men’s apartments with nothing but a TV, gaming console and lawn chair.
This set-up might be acceptable if you don’t have a social life, but we’re going to assume you do have a social life and you want to make your apartment look nice. Here are 25 crucial things every man should have in his apartment.
Let’s start with the biggest must-haves for your apartment — furniture. A man’s furniture needs to be functional and comfortable. Style is important too, but it shouldn’t be the ultimate deciding factor. Each of these furniture items serves a clear purpose that will significantly improve your apartment’s livability.
1. Queen-Sized Bed
You need to upgrade from your twin bed to a queen-sized bed. There are two reasons for this upgrade. First, extra space to sleep is always nice. Second, and more importantly, you will need a queen-sized bed if and when you have a romantic partner. Making love on a twin bed is not ideal. Get yourself a queen-sized bed and save yourself the embarrassment.
Every man’s apartment needs a good armchair for watching TV, playing video games or taking an impromptu afternoon nap. It’s arguably the most important piece of furniture in the house after the bed.
3. Work Desk
Even if you don’t work remotely, a work desk is still something every man should have in his apartment. You need a designated place where you can work on personal projects or work-related assignments.
4. Full-Body Mirror
A full-body mirror enables you to inspect your entire appearance from head to toe before leaving. It’s important to get a complete picture of your outfit. The bathroom mirror isn’t going to cut it.
Even if you’re not a big reader, you should have at least one fully stocked bookshelf in your apartment. A bookshelf can provide a very insightful glimpse into your personality that guests love to see. Slowly add books and magazines to the shelf until it’s completely full.
Now let’s move to the kitchen. The kitchen should resemble a workshop. It needs to contain a variety of cooking and eating utensils, especially if you frequently have guests. Here are four more things that every man should have in his apartment.
6. Matching Dish Set
Rather than using a bunch of randomly assorted plates, bowls and silverware, get a matching dish set instead. A dish set will make your kitchen look much more professional. It might also motivate you to do the dishes more often instead of letting them pile up in the sink.
7. Coffee Maker
Almost everyone drinks coffee these days, but not everyone has a coffee maker. Even if you’re not a coffee drinker or prefer to buy yours from Starbucks, you should still have a coffee maker. If guests ever sleep over, they will be much happier in the morning.
8. Air Fryer
Air fryers have boomed in popularity in the last few years because they can cook virtually any meal. You will be able to make a lot more recipes in your apartment with an air fryer at your disposal.
9. Cast Iron Skillet
Ditch your old crappy pan and switch to a cast iron skillet. They take longer to heat up, but they retain the seasoning from previous meals and make your food taste much better. Plus, they’re rugged and manly.
Every man should have a daily hygiene routine to keep their appearance clean and presentable. That doesn’t mean you have to fill your bathroom cabinet with a bunch of hygiene products. On the contrary — simplicity is much better. These simple items will improve your hygiene habits and make your apartment more accommodating to guests.
10. Multi-Towel Set
Just like a matching dish set in your kitchen, a matching towel set will significantly improve your bathroom’s appearance. Plus, it makes a lot more sense to have different towel sizes. Not everyone is the same height.
Who doesn’t love a comfortable bathrobe? This piece of clothing will help you relax at the end of the day and give your man parts some breathing room.
12. Face Lotion
You shouldn’t be using the same lotion to moisturize your entire body. Get a special lotion specifically for your face. After a couple of weeks you will notice a big difference in your face’s smoothness and lack of acne.
13. Toilet Spray
Guys take lots of pride in stinking up the bathroom, but it’s still rude when women are around. For that reason alone, toilet spray is a small thing every man should have in his apartment.
14. Ladies’ Bathroom Products
You should also keep a small supply of ladies’ bathroom products in your apartment. If you have female company, they can comfortably do their business. Women will greatly appreciate your hospitality.
Decorating isn’t a strong suit of the male sex. We usually leave the decorating to women, who have a much better sense of interior design. However, you need to at least cover the basics of apartment decor. Here are four more decorative things every man should have in his apartment.
15. Framed Artwork
Putting up a few picture frames around your apartment will give its appearance a huge boost. Some artwork here and there fills up the empty wall space and shows off your artistic side. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy. Just a few simple paintings or portraits will do the trick.
Plants are great apartment decorations for several reasons. First, they introduce more color to the space. Second, they act as natural air purifiers by absorbing carbon dioxide and other air pollutants, improving your apartment’s air quality.
17. Bar Cart
A bar cart says a lot about your social life. It demonstrates that you know something about alcohol and have guests over on a regular basis. Even if you’re not a huge drinker, you should have a small bar cart in your kitchen or living room.
Surprisingly, not many apartments have curtains. Adding curtains to your apartment will allow you to control the natural light and give you more privacy.
There are many other things every man should have in his apartment aside from bedroom, kitchen and bathroom essentials. If you want guests to enjoy themselves, you need to add these items to your repertoire ASAP.
19. Portable Fan
A portable fan is a must-have for any living situation. It keeps you comfortable during the summer, promotes good air circulation and creates white noise to help you sleep.
Scented candles are traditionally a woman’s thing, but a man’s apartment should have them too. You need something potent, yet pleasant to cut through the other stenches in your apartment. Plus, the small flame has a calming effect.
21. Quality Speaker
A great bluetooth speaker is the centerpiece of all apartment social gatherings. A crappy dollar store speaker will make the music sound dull and uninspiring. Get something that packs a punch to make your parties and get-togethers more exciting.
22. Unopened Wine Bottle
Even if you’re not a wine fan, you should still keep an unopened bottle in your apartment. This precautionary measure is mainly for romantic reasons. If you bring a date back to your room, you’ll have a bottle of wine ready to keep the evening going.
23. Wine Glasses
You also need at least one pair of wine glasses. Never serve wine to guests in a random glass. It’s your responsibility as the host to use the proper glassware when serving alcohol at parties. Save the red solo cups for casual get-togethers.
Cups and bottles will create a lot of water rings on wooden tables if you’re not careful. To avoid this problem, get yourself some coasters and put them around your apartment. People will stop putting their drinks in random places and your room will stay cleaner.
Finally, the last thing every man should have in his apartment is a simple toolbox. Although big maintenance projects are the landlord’s responsibility, you still might have to make small repairs around the place. Stay prepared and get yourself a toolbox from your local hardware store.