One of the most challenging things about moving into our new house was not lifting heavy boxes (my husband works out) or deciding where everything went (I got extremely good at pointing). The biggest challenge arose after we moved in and got settled. My hubby and I sat on our couch––the cheap one we have bought when we first married and lived in a tiny one-bedroom apartment––and looked around at our bare floors, undersized dining room table, and drab, flat throw pillows, and we soon realized that we really, really needed to decorate.
However, if you’re anything like us, you probably don’t have an endless fund to drop on décor items and furnishings for your home, especially directly after signing for a new mortgage and moving in. So what items should you scrimp on, and which items are worth splurging on?
The bedroom may have multiple purposes, but the most important role the bedroom plays is offering a comfortable night’s sleep. A good, top-quality mattress is the key to avoiding restlessness at night and body aches and pains during the day. So it’s no surprise that the mattress makes the top of the list of acceptable splurges for the home.
Nightstands may be a necessity in the bedroom––where else are you going to set your reading glasses and cup of water at night? But there’s no need to splurge on an expensive nightstand. You can easily find attractive, modern, and stylish nightstands without breaking your budget, and unless you plan on storing everything but the kitchen sink on it, there’s no need to worry about it lasting you a good while. Chances are, even a cheaper, low-end nightstand can last you for years.
Whether you regularly have guests over, or you often keep it limited to family fun in the evenings, chances are you spend the majority of your time in the living room, sitting and relaxing on the sofa. All the more reason to splurge on a durable sofa with strong and long-lasting material, as well as a sturdy frame. Depending on your lifestyle and family dynamics, it may be necessary to stick to certain materials and colors––if you have five young kids, three dogs, and two cats, don’t splurge on the white upholstered love seat.
Much like the nightstands in the bedroom, there’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars on an end table for the living room. Even if you plan to store several books, magazines, and a lamp on your end table, most can withstand this weight with no problem. Plus, if a guest happens to forget the coaster and leaves that dreaded ring on the wood surface, you won’t be out of a boatload of cash.
Similar to the sofa in the living room, the dining room table and chairs are the focal point and primarily used pieces of furniture in the dining room. The dining table is where your family gathers in the evenings to discuss the day and where your guests and friends enjoy your meals on special occasions. Splurge on a high-quality dining table that can withstand a lot of use and is easy to clean. And make sure you opt for comfy chairs as well.
While it may be okay to pull out the fine china on special holidays and occasions, there’s no need to do so on a nightly basis, especially if you have children. You can save on your dining room décor by purchasing cheaper, more durable dishes and silverware for everyday meals. Choose pieces that are easily cleanable (dishwasher safe, at least) and plates and dishes that avoid breakage, just in case of the occasional drop.