Difference Between Furnished & Unfurnished Apartments

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Difference Between Furnished & Unfurnished Apartments
Unfurnished and furnished apartments present major differences for the tenant. (apartment for rent image by dead_account from Fotolia.com)

You need a place to live but aren’t really sure what defines an apartment as furnished or unfurnished. These two terms can vary by a great degree, and it's important to understand the differences when you see them in an apartment ad. But the only true way of knowing what you might be renting is to look at the place yourself.


A furnished apartment will vary in what’s offered to the tenant. It may include a couch, dining table, refrigerator, washer and dryer or other home comforts. Some furnished apartments might have just a couch and dining room set, while others might have everything you would need for an apartment. The furnishings will vary but will usually be mentioned in the apartment ad.


An unfurnished apartment has no furniture in it. Sometimes this will also mean that it has a refrigerator but won’t have any other furnishings. An unfurnished apartment ad may say if there is a refrigerator, washer and dryer or other appliances.

Pros for Furnished

Having a furnished or semi-furnished apartment means you won’t have to spend extra money on furniture. You also won’t have to move furniture in or out.

Pros for Unfurnished

Having an unfurnished apartment lets you choose what type of style you want to decorate the apartment in. You also don’t have to worry about causing damage to the landlord’s furniture.

Cons for Furnished

A furnished apartment might cost more to rent. You also have to be careful about the furniture and not damage it, since it belongs to the landlord. Also, those pieces of furniture were rented before you moved in, so they’re probably not going to be as clean and attractive as new furniture.

Cons for Unfurnished

Having an unfurnished apartment means you have to go out and purchase furniture. You’ll also have to move it in, which sometimes can be difficult to do, especially if you don’t live on the first story of a building.

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