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    28 Things To Help You Have The Apartment Everyone Wants To Hang Out At

    I know we're having the times of our lives, but could you please use a coaster?

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    1. A welcoming cat doormat who greets your friend(s) after they braved all the stairs to reach your fifth-floor walkup.

    ModCloth

    Get it from ModCloth for $35.

    2. A classy coat rack with a hook for everyone so they can hang up their outwear and get comfy.

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    I know we all love to throw our friends' coats on our beds, but having a coat rack is a small and considerate touch that will show your guests you respect their possessions as if they're your own.

    Get it from Amazon for $22.24+ (available in three colors, alongside a four-hook version and a two-pack of the six-hook version).

    3. An Instant Pot to make your friends say, "My word, what is that delightful smell?" right before you bust out the meal you made for them.

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    The Instant Pot is a seven-in-one multi-functional cooker (pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, it sautes and browns, can make yogurt, steams, and warms) and likely one of humanity's greatest inventions. I promise you, people will go almost anywhere if free food is promised, and you can use these 21 easy recipes to turn your apartment into the destination for all your friends.

    Get a three-quart Instant Pot from Amazon for $79.99 (also available in six and eight-quart versions).

    4. A 16-piece dinnerware set so your guests don't have to quickly relearn how to pick up a paper plate without it collapsing from food weighing on it.

    amazon.com

    This set includes four dinner plates, dessert plates, bowls, and mugs. Don't get me wrong, I've got a stack of paper plates in my kitchen, right now; I'm not saying you have to get rid of your paper plates, just that your friends will appreciate the grown-up joy of eating off a real plate. If you want your apartment to grow up even more, check out this guide on how to decorate like a grown-ass adult.

    Get it from Amazon for $28.90+ (available in three colors).

    5. And a watermelon sipper cup that can put their fears to rest. "Wow, I was so afraid our friend had forgotten how to party, but now I'm so relieved."

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    No matter how old you are, you need a watermelon cup that comes with a bendy straw, tbh.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $4.99.

    6. A handheld Dirt Devil Scorpion you'll be so glad you own, because it helped you finish that last-minute cleaning rush right before they knocked on your door.

    amazon.com

    This little baby isn't cordless, but it has a 16-foot power cord and you won't have to worry about its battery losing charge over time. Also, if you're in middle of entertaining guests and one of them spills something, I don't recommend breaking out this (or any) vacuum, because that'll embarrass your guests and turn it into a big thing; just try to clean up some amount of it, as quickly and nonchalantly as possible, then get back to the hangout.

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    7. A privacy window film to amplify the natural light you paid for and turn your whole apartment into a Rainbow Filter for your friends' selfies.

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    Natural light can make (almost) any space more inviting and has a whole host of benefits, mood-boosting and otherwise. Plus, this privacy filters casts rainbow prisms onto your apartment, which will be a perfect selfie moment for any of your visiting friends (my author photo, up at the top, was taken in front of window with this film on it, just saying).

    Get a 17.7x78.7-inch rainbow film from Amazon for $13.99 (also available in larger film sizes).

    8. Or a roll of flexible LED tape when Christmas lights can't provide you with the sleek and modern look you want your apartment to have, during late-night entertaining.

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    I've been in so many ~early-twenties apartments~ with Christmas lights and I'm just not impressed anymore. The LED tape, though? It gives you the warm and relaxed atmosphere of lower lights, but you can also use it to line a hallway, illuminate your counter space by lining the undersides of your cabinets, create a backlight for your television, so many options!

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two colors).

    9. A mini refrigerator just begging to be stocked with beers, nitro cold brew, and maybe some carrot sticks for your vegan friend.

    amazon.com

    Everyone wants to hang out at an apartment with a tiny refrigerator, guaranteed.

    Promising review of the fridge: "It fits two-plus cases of beer, with bottled water on the top and canned juices in the door and drawer. It's perfect for entertaining and runs like a charm!" —Mrs Barbara Kight

    Get it from Amazon for $99+ (available in sizes of 1.7-4.4 cubic feet, and in five colors).

    10. A serving cart that'll up the ~class~ of any hangout. "Why yes, I do believe I'd like another glass of this splendid PBR."

    amazon.com

    Even if you rolled this out with just an open can of Red Bull on top, I'd be legitimately impressed and would definitely return to your apartment.

    Get it from Amazon for $50.23.

    11. And a six-pack of Drinking Buddies so all your gal pals, dude bros, and genderqueer dears have a hunky date for your wine-drinking soirée.

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    If you don't have wine glasses, I recommend this four-pack of shatterproof glasses to fill with the finest Merlot that Trader Joe's has to offer.

    Promising review: "I bought a set of these for my own bachelorette party and a friend's bachelorette party. They are SO much fun. We started the night by using them on our drinks, but then we made our own game out of taping them to our dresses and seeing who could hold on to their man the longest. Lots of laughs with these guys." —Mary Beth

    Get it from Amazon for $9.88+ (available in 11 other themes).

    12. A coffee table with a girded rack for storing throw blankets, floor chairs, or whatever else you need to keep your guests comfortable and coming back.

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    If you've got people over, you know you're going to say, "Please use a coaster," at some point (especially now that you've bought a nice coffee table). Give your guests some coasters that they'll want to use to reduce the awkwardness of that exchange, like these NES cartridge coasters.

    Get it from Amazon for $85.99+ (available in three themes).

    13. And a pack of furniture pads so your coffee table will glide across your hardwood floor, when you have to make room for a friend's (drunken) attempt to backflip indoors.

    amazon.com

    Maybe your friends aren't as big on showing off their backflip skills, but it's still worthwhile to be able to rearrange your living space efficiently, if you want to change your apartment's layout to better accommodate your guests.

    Get this 101-piece furniture pad set from Amazon for $13.31.

    14. An art print to personalize your space and give your friend something to look at, as they apologize for nearly breaking your coffee table with a backflip.

    Urban Outfitters

    I like this particular print, but I'm using this space in the post to generally recommend decorating your walls, because it really gives an apartment character and will make the time spent there more memorable.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $29.99+ (available in sizes of 12–44 square inch, and with a variety of frames).

    15. An Amazon Fire TV Stick for a quiet night in with your pals watching horror movies and becoming too afraid to leave your apartment.

    amazon.com

    The Fire TV Stick has Alexa-enabled voice control and gives you access to millions of websites and video apps. Any compatible television will do, but you could also spring for an HD projector and create a home theater experience for all your guests.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    16. A reversible throw blanket you should keep on-hand specifically for your friend who's always cold.

    amazon.com

    Get a 50x60-inch throw blanket from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in three colors, and in as a 60x80-inch blanket).

    17. A set of corner shelves so you can display all your knick-knacks and doodads without losing valuable floor-space to a free-standing shelf.

    amazon.com

    This is another suggestion I'm making based on the premise of giving your apartment more character, with these shelves being a way to do so that looks refined and well-thought-out. I'm a fan of minimalism, but I'm also a fan of people making their living-spaces a reflection of themselves, and putting up a few of this is a great way to do that. "But wait, Devric. I don't want to lose my security deposit just to put up a few shelves." My friend, you need to learn how to cover your tracks.

    Get a set of two shelves from Amazon for $26.99 (available in two shades of white).

    18. And a shadow box frame for your bottle-cap, ticket stub, or parking ticket collection. Turn those memories into a conversation piece, pal!

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    Get it from Amazon for $17.95 (available in seven themes, including themes without "Reminisce" on the frame's glass).

    19. An essential oils diffuser that'll set the mood with your apartment's signature scent. "Every time I smell lavender, I want to go back to your apartment. I don't know why."

    amazon.com

    Yes, I'm advocating for creating a sort of Pavlovian response within your friends, so they'll hang out with you more; friendship is serious science, buddy. Also, this diffuser doesn't come with any oils, so pick up this essential oils set!

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in three colors).

    20. A five-pack of Tillandsia air-plants for a ~natural~ touch to the decor of your apartment, letting your friends know you're down-to-earth and able to keep an organism alive.

    amazon.com

    I realize that product-photo shows you six plants even though I'm offering a five-pack to you, but that picture demonstrates what sets these plants apart from succulents! In addition to requiring a minimal amount of upkeep and the general benefits of air plants, Tillandsias don't require soil, so you can use these as creative decorations (in addition to their benefits as air plants). You can hang these with wire, display them in clear vases filled with colorful crystals, place them haphazardly on a shelf, or whatever else you can think of!

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (also available in a 10 or 25-pack). If you want to add some bigger and more care-intensive plants to your apartment, check out Bloomscape!

    21. A seek-and-find book for adults your friends (might) choose over scrolling through their phones, whenever you have to go to your bathroom for a break from all this socializing.

    Chronicle Books

    This book is like Sally Nixon's ~aesthetic~ version of Where's Waldo?, and it challenges you to search true-to-life scenes for things like lost headphones, couples making out, and a bookshop cat named Nadine.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.62, ModCloth for $9.99, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

    22. A shower curtain that features a bemused sloth dragging the Titanic into oblivion. If your friend sees this and makes a joke about it being near the bathroom sink, invite them back before they even leave.

    amazon.com

    I'm not sure I find this shower curtain humorous as much as I can't deny it depicts one of the most confusing scenes I've seen in my (very weird) life. It would probably be advisable to balance the absurdity of this shower curtain with otherwise practical bathroom amenities, like this coconut hand soap.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (with 25 other ~humorous~ images available to choose from).

    23. A storage ottomon bench, because you should be filling your apartment with friends, not just a bunch of single-use furniture your friends can't even sit on.

    amazon.com

    Your friends can't rest their weary legs on a bookshelf, can they? Load up this ottoman with photo albums or whatever else you use to get the party jumping, but I recommend putting a few throw pillows in it (ideally fitted with some velvety pillow covers). A pillow on the floor isn't the best seat in the house, but it's definitely better than making your dinner party guests stand all night.

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in four colors).

    24. A portable Bluetooth speaker to pass around the party (but, maybe, keep away from your one friend who only listens to Industrial Vaporwave).

    amazon.com

    Look at those people, in the picture above; that could be you and your friends (on a Monday). I am that friend and I understand why you wouldn't want to put a halt on a time like that. This speaker even has an aux-cord input, so you can recapture the feeling of passing around the aux during a long road-trip, or some other time you with in a car forever. If you don't want to pass around the AUX cord, put on Spotify Premium and let it do all the DJing.

    Promising review: "It's small, portable, and still has amazing sound quality, and the battery lasts super long; I used it all day at my birthday party and the battery didn't die at all. It's super amazing and it's great that it's affordable. I don't mean it's great BECAUSE it's affordable! This speaker compares to much more expensive ones and its affordability is another plus. I'm in love with this speaker and have told all my friends to get it." —M. Sharma

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    25. A party game that can step in when you've already watched everything on the Fire TV Stick and it's time to learn some shocking truths about your friends.

    amazon.com

    One person's in ~the hot seat~ each round, and has to answer a question about themselves (like, "What's the strangest thing I've ever bought online?"). All the other players then answer the question as if they were the person in the hot seat, giving you real insight into yourself and the way people perceive you. This game also has an NSFW expansion pack, if you're into that sort of thing. If you want to keep playing, check out this list of 18 party games perfect for big groups!

    Promising review: "This is definitely one of the best games I’ve gotten. I brought it to a friend's house, where I didn’t know quite a few people, and was sort of skeptical because I thought some the questions would require you to really know the people you're playing with. That was definitely not the case, though! It was actually a great way to get to know people, and I think it’ll be even more fun with people you know fairly well. Either way, great purchase!" —Laura K

    Get it from Amazon for $19.49.

    26. A treat baker designed to make a dozen cake pops, because it's been a while since that Instant Pot meal and your friends need sugar to sustain this sweet hangout.

    amazon.com

    This treat baker comes with three interchangeable non-stick baking plates and a recipe booklet. More than cake pops, you can use it to make cupcakes, muffins, and mini doughnuts!

    Get it from Amazon for $32.33.

    27. A doggo companion pet that — wow, just look at that fuzzy face; your landlord can't stop you from having a dog, not anymore!

    amazon.com

    I've had entire friendships based around the fact I could go to a person's apartment and see their dog. This pupper though, it's an animatronic dog with lifelike fur and barkback technology; it responds to your touch and voice, just like a real dog without all the mess and apartment fees. Companion pets were developed as a stand-in for elderly people who can no longer care for a dog (or are otherwise missing a source of companionship), but they're fit to be friends with people of all ages!

    Promising review: "Initially, I wasn't sure if buying a 'robot dog' was the right fit for me, since I'm not one of their typical customers; I don't have dementia, nor am I elderly. In fact, I only lived with cats before I moved into a building with a strict no-pets policy. I bought this to help me transition from real pets to being without any pet, and decided on the dog over the Joy for All Cat because the dog has barkback technology. It responds to my voice and touch, and has exceeded my expectations. It's brought me all the relaxing and soothing benefits of having a pet, without any of the drawbacks." —seltzer

    Get it from Amazon for $119.

    28. And a chalkboard wallpaper sticker so your friends will leave their mark on your home, just like they left their mark on your heart.

    amazon.com

    "I was here, lol," your friends will write, probably next to a rudimentary drawing of genitals. Graffiti risk aside, this is a really cool way to allow your friends to have an effect on your apartment, to make them feel like it really is a place they get to share with their friend. Check out this chalkboard sticker, alongside 25 other products, in this list of easy ways to transform your apartment!

    Get a 18x80-inch wallpaper sticker (that comes with five colored chalks) from Amazon for $9.45.

    You might have to start turning people away at the door...

    The Cable Guy

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