What to Bring
ISD provides basic furniture for apartments, and a shipping allowance that will allow you to make your apartment into a home. There is always to opportunity to purchase anything else you may need once you're here. While there is a well-stocked furniture and home goods store in Dakar called Orca, it can be very very expensive, especially when compared to discount chains like Target or Ikea.
Basic items like towels, curtains, bed sheets, kitchenware, etc can be triple the amount they are in the States or Europe.
Therefore, many Dakar residents looking to furnish their homes will buy used goods.
You can also browse for items/furniture for sale on the "Dakar Craigslist" Facebook Group. However, be wary of scams since this is a public forum.