With no furniture, I had to decide what to do about seating in the living room. A couple of chairs seemed ideal for portability (both in the moving process and around the room!) but I decided on a couch for snuggle potential and to give my sister a place to sleep when she visits.
So I wound up finding a secondhand couch for $40 at the Salvation Army store, and I scrubbed and vacuumed it, and I’m going to cover it with a white or off-white (or yellow, I haven’t decided) sheet because slipcovers are prohibitively expensive – more expensive than the couch!
My mom mentioned finding a chair or two for the living room as well, and I told her a couch was plenty. She insisted that it would be nearly impossible to have a conversation between three people with only a couch. I told her it was my apartment, not other people’s apartment to have conversations in, and they could deal with my couch.
I plan to use a trunk for storage and as a coffee table, and I will have my painting easel accessible from the couch. I can’t see any reason to over-stuff my small place with furniture for other people. I may add furniture as I continue living there if my daily routine shows me a need for it, but I am starting over clean and fresh and I refuse to waste money on things for the sole purpose of “just in case.”