Getting a bargain is great, but in many cases, you do get what you pay for. Sometimes spending a little extra is worth it as the piece will last you for longer (working out cheaper in the long run) and provide a much better level of comfort. Here are some of the pieces of furniture for your home that are well worth investing in.

Bed

As a human you spend a ridiculous proportion of your life sleeping in bed, so why try to make savings here? A rubbish bed will lead to a bad night’s sleep which will not only affect your mood and temper the next day but eventually could also take a toll on your mental health. It’s a decision that you shouldn’t make lightly, once you’ve decided on a budget do plenty of research. Go to a bed shop and try different firmness levels and different materials. Go for the biggest bed you can realistically fit into your space. A super king bed is the ultimate, but you could opt for king or queen sized if your room is smaller. A good quality mattress is the the perfect way to start and end each day. Finish off the bed with soft sheets, and cosy pillows and duvet. These should be replaced every few years since dust mites can accumulate and aggravate allergies. Duvets can also go flat which will prevent them from trapping heat properly and keeping you warm. Your bed should be the comfiest and cosiest place possible, anything you spend here is a solid investment into your health and mental health.

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Sofa

Cheaper sofas these days can look the part. It’s only once you’ve had them for a while and the seats start sagging, cushions start squashing or the material starts falling apart that you realize you’ve made a huge mistake. When it comes to sofas in most cases, you will get what you pay for. More expensive models use better, more hardwearing materials. Proper sofa shops will rigorously test their sofas in the design phase, so you know you’re getting good quality. For example, don’t try and save a few bob choosing sofas with ‘bonded’ or faux leather, neither are hardwearing, and it will only end in tears a little later down the line. You’ll save money buying good quality in the long run as it will last you a lot longer. With children and pets jumping up on it, numerous guests sat on it and lazy days lounging on it while you watch tv or read- it needs to be good quality.

Dining Room Table

A dining table that can comfortably seat all family members should be an essential in any home. Sitting down together to eat has been shown to be beneficial for children, and it also allows you quality bonding time as a family. If you don’t think you have the space, consider getting rid of another piece of furniture. For example, if you have a sideboard that’s only for decorative purposes or an armchair that only the dog sits on, get rid and replace with a table. A good table will be solid, standing the test of time. If you choose real wood, any scuffs or scratches will be able to be sanded out as opposed to cheaper veneer. Finish with some nice comfy seating too, something that won’t go springy or wear quickly. It’s a piece of furniture you will ideally use every day, so cheaper models are likely to wear out.

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Outdoor Furniture

Without outdoor furniture, you essentially waste your garden. It might be ideal for children and pets to run around in, but with a decent place to sit you can enjoy it too. In the warmer months, it becomes an additional ‘room’ and space to use, take advantage by throwing garden parties, and enjoying barbecues and outdoor lunches. It could be a full dining set if you want to host a lot of guests, or just a bench or two seater bistro set if it’s mainly you and your partner that will use the space. An outdoor swing is another good investment, the perfect place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee on a warm morning or a glass of wine in the evening. You’ll need good quality outdoor furniture that won’t rust or easily break as it’s outside in the elements throughout the year. If you choose pieces that can be folded down, putting them in a shed or garage over the colder and wetter months will prolong their life. Alternatively you could invest in garden furniture covers to protect them.


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