Kitchen Needs

9 Things You Need To Build Your First Kitchen

Written by Greystar
Edited by Greystar
Lifestyle January 6, 2016

It has long been said that the kitchen is the heart of every home. So whether you consider yourself a master chef or microwave pro, there are some basic necessities every apartment kitchen must have. With the guide below, we’ll help you stay focused on the essentials that will make you look like a pro — even if you aren’t one.

Here are our suggestions:

1. Appliances:

Before moving in, make sure you’re aware of what appliances do and don’t come with your new apartment home. Not all kitchens feature built-in microwaves, so you’ll need to supply your own if Bagel Bites and leftovers are a part of your weekly routine. As a good rule of thumb, the higher the wattage, the faster the cooking time. You’ll also want to consider purchasing additional appliances such as a toaster. A blender to make margaritas or a coffee maker for that jolt of java to help you start your day is usually on everyone’s essentials list. Crockpots that will produce meals while you’re off doing other things are also a great option. Love to bake? A standup or handheld mixer is a must-have. Small appliances tend to go on sale during holiday weekends, so do some comparison shopping before you make a purchase.

2. Cutting knives and a cutting board:

While there are some items you can skimp on, a good cutting knife is worth the splurge. Not only will this come in handy in almost every kitchen endeavor, but many knives come with lifetime warranties to keep your tools in tip-top shape. Pair it with a nice cutting board that is odor resistant and dishwasher safe and you’ve got yourself a winning team.   

3. Utensils:

Unless you plan on cooking and eating all of your meals like a cave man, investing in flatware and cooking utensils is a must. Though you’ll use them every day, your spoons, forks and knives don’t have to be expensive. For cooking, start your collection with a dishwasher safe utensil set that includes a ladle, pasta spoon, whisk, slotted spatula, meat fork and tongs.

4. Pots and pans:

How often you plan on cooking and the amount of storage space you have in your kitchen will determine the size of the cookware set that’s right for you. If you choose to build your collection on a piece-by-piece basis, here are some of the most commonly used items we recommend:

  • 10-inch non-stick skillet
  • 2-3 quart sauce pan
  • Large Stock Pot

5. Dishware:

Do we really have to validate this one? Buy yourself some dishes, please! How much you spend should be based upon your budget and your level of stress when one gets chipped or broken. Just make sure they’re microwave and dishwasher safe. We recommend a minimum of four plates and bowls each to ensure you’re not having to run the dishwasher constantly.

6. Glassware:

Just like your dishes, your glassware will be used on a regular basis, so you’ll want to make sure you invest in durable water glasses, coffee cups and wine glasses.

7. Bakeware:

Whether you’re just baking on holidays or find yourself whipping up something sweet on a regular basis, you’ll want to be prepared. You can purchase a bakeware set, or buy the pieces separately. Just ensure every product is nonstick and dishwasher safe.

  • 2 10” X 15” rimmed baking sheets
  • Oven/dishwasher-safe oblong baking dish
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • 8-inch round cake pan

8. Paper and plastic products:

You might consider yourself green, but there are still a few disposable products you’ll want to complete your kitchen. These will come in handy for storing leftovers and cleaning up quick spills.

  • Foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tupperware  

9. Cleaning supplies:

And because all of the items above have a tendency to make a mess, don’t forget to stock up on eco-friendly paper towels, trash bags, dishwasher detergent and basic cleaning products to keep the heart of your home a healthy place, too. Here are some great homemade, green cleaning products.

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