Monday, 27 March 2017

Where to Spend and Where to Save in the Home

Whether you’ve just moved into a new home and you’re looking to put your own unique stamp on the place, or you simply want to redecorate your place this spring, you will probably find that there are so many home decorating options that it is easy to feel overwhelmed. It is likely that you will also find it hard which items to buy for your renovations because there are so many different price points that it’s tough to know what to do with the best.

That’s why I’ve put together a list of some of the things it is worth paying more for and which items you can afford to spend less on.


The sofa is a difficult item to determine a spending budget for. On the one hand, you are going to be spending a lot of time relaxing on it, so you want it to be comfortable, but on the other hand, many sofas are more expensive than they really need to be because of the choice of fabric that is used.

What this means for you is that you should spend a decent sum (say £1000 minimum) on your sofa, but you can make savings by choosing a less expensive fabric like a linen blend, instead of expensive leather. Just remember to buy a sofa that is filled with a denser foam, feathers, and springs, because it will be more comfortable and keep its shape longer than a cheap sofa filled with a less dense foam.


If your spring spruce up is going to consist of nothing more than adding a few seasonal accessories, you will be glad to know that this is one area where you should aim to save. Cheaper candles, photo frames, and plants can look just as good as the more expensive versions, with the added bonus that you won’t have to feel bad if you decide to switch them up every time the trends change.


Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial in everything from looking good in the morning to being able to concentrate on your job and can even help you to lose, weight, so it’s safe to say that it’s worth paying more for a mattress from a high-end retailer like John Ryan by Design, which has been well made, than it is to buy a cheap bed. That being said, what words for one person can cause a world of pain for another, so it is never a bad idea to visit your local mattress store to check out whether sprung or memory foam mattresses work best for you. You can the right mattress for you online for less.


If you’re planning on sprucing up your home with a new coat of paint in a different colour, I would highly-recommend that you leave the bargain basement cans alone and at least plump for a mid-range product. You see, very cheap paint tends to be bulked out with a range of chemicals, which are not only potentially bad for you but which make the paint thinner and this means that you will need to apply more coats of cheap paint than the more expensive stuff. Cheap paint is false economy, and it will take up more of your time when decorating.

Throwing a new rug down in your bedroom, living room or kitchen is a quick way to add a touch of colour and give the room a new look, but do you need to buy an expensive one? It depends. If you are putting the rug in a low traffic area, where it won’t see much wear or tear, it’s fine to buy a low-cost synthetic one. However, if it’s going to be in a high traffic area, choosing a rug made from natural fibres, which has been expertly hand-knotted will be the best use of your money. These more expensive rugs might cost many times more than a cheap one, but they will last many times longer, and they’ll still feel softer long after than synthetic rug has lost its appeal.


If your old desk is falling apart, don’t worry because a home desk is one of the things that you can buy cheap. A cheap flat-pack from Ikea will do just fine, providing you splurge a little on the accompanying chair if you’re going to spend a lot of time at the desk because it’s the comfort and support your chair offers that will keep you from getting a bad back, not the desk.

What are the home essentials that you always spend more on? Which ones do you buy cheaply?

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