These Amazon Dining Room Buys Are Great for First Apartments — And Beyond

updated Jun 2, 2023
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When it comes to buying furniture, some pieces stay with you for a year or two, and some become pieces that travel with you for a lifetime. But, when it comes to buying furniture on a budget, more can fall into the former camp. And, while some inexpensive options might be required to get started while you save up for more investment pieces, it’s also nice when those inexpensive pieces can grow with you. Our friends at Apartment Therapy (our sister site!) teamed up with Amazon to curate first apartment essentials, and their goal was to provide a selection of items that you could buy now and still use for years to come if you wanted.

With the dining room, they went with understated pieces that are great for pizza night to even hosting your first Thanksgiving — and beyond. Below, we rounded up some of our favorite pieces sure to become staples in your home for years to come.

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was $169.00

Even if you don’t have a proper dining room, there’s still (hopefully) somewhere to stick a table. This piece has MCM cred, but the all-wood construction means it will easily adapt to other design styles as your tastes evolve.

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Dining room chairs can get expensive, quickly. A set of four wishbone chairs for under $300 that still make a statement is a worthwhile buy for a new space.

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If you haven’t thought about sheepskin rugs in years, consider grabbing one for your dining room. The simple piece can help bring a bit of style to dining chairs or benches. It’s also a versatile piece you can move around your apartment as your mood changes, draping it on couches or even beds.

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Keep all your glasses matching by buying the same glass in different sizes. Chip-resistant Libbey glasses will stand up to the wear and tear of everyday life, and the three sizes are great for just about every beverage and cocktail you could want. The smallest is great for juice or wine, the mid-size is perfect for cocktails or water, and the large size can stand in for a beer stein.

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A pretty pitcher that can easily work as a vase in a pinch — and would make a good centerpiece on its own? This is an easy one.

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While not strictly necessary, an area rug under a dining room table helps bring the space together. This is especially great if your first “dining room” is just a corner of a giant common room that also has to be the living room, home office, and guest bedroom. A bonus for this striking option: The dark color is good at hiding the occasional splash or stain.

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was $104.96

Once upon a time, bar carts were a relic of our grandparent’s generation. Then Mad Men came along, mid-century modern become a phrase we all recognized, and suddenly even 22-year-olds were longing to have a dedicated place to stir martinis. This one is under $100 and features gold detailing that makes it look much pricier than it is.

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was $70.08

No dining room is set without the proper dinnerware. This 16-piece stoneware set features a gorgeous speckled design and comes with four round dinner plates, four salad plates, four bowls, and four handled mugs.

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was $69.99

For an interesting lighting focal point, opt for a chic rattan pendant lamp. Elegant and handmade, the cylindrical double-barrel design of this pick immediately catches the eye and stops you in your tracks (in the best way possible).

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Schott Zweisel is beloved for its gorgeous (and durable) drinkware. Pick up a set of these wine glasses, perfect for red and white drinkers alike — you'll be using them for decades to come.

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was $249.99

Dining room storage is a must and if your space has enough room a sideboard is a great way to go. We like the modern design of this rattan pick, complete with a wine rack and a spot to hang those new wine glasses.

This post originally ran on Apartment Therapy. See it there: These Amazon Dining Room Buys Are Great for First Apartments–And Beyond