It’s completely possible to transform your home on a budget – a couple of new decorative accessories, a coat of paint and some plants, for example, would instantly change the look of a room. However, there are certain things that are always worth the investment. Here are some examples.
There are lots of budget flooring options out there, from vinyl (which has come a long way) to loop pile carpets. These are ideal if you have less to spend. However, you get what you pay for, and less expensive flooring may be more likely to need replacing in a shorter time frame. If you own your home, invest in the floors. Go with floorings like solid wood or natural stone such as marble and porcelain. These look grand and impressive but really stand the test of time. They may require more care and maintenance, but it they are well cared for, then your floors may last decades. Visit a flooring showroom and pick something that suits your tastes and style. Choosing a neutral color is a smart move, especially if you’re considering selling your home in the next few years.
There are lots of gorgeous trendy furniture pieces you can buy these days, but if you want something that’s going to last – go with solid wood. It’s beautiful, hardwearing and can work with pretty much any decor style. You can easily sand, stain and repurpose it to change its appearance later down the line, and switch out things like legs and handles to transform the look without having to buy new furniture.
As humans, we spend a ridiculous amount of time in bed. And since sleep is so crucial for good health, it makes no sense to try and make savings here. You can go with any bed frame you like (providing it’s nice and sturdy) but it would be a wise decision to invest in a good mattress. Trust me, the first mattress I purchased came from Big Lots for $300 and it slept about as good as you would think a mattress would from Big Lots. When I moved into my condo, I splurged/invested in a Sterns & Foster, it cost me around $1600, but it’s worth every penny.
There are lots of inexpensive sofas out there, and they might look great, to begin with. However, with a piece of furniture like this, you generally get what you pay for. More expensive models will be made with higher quality materials and will have undergone rigorous quality testing before being manufactured on a mass scale. The sofa is an important piece of furniture in the home, it’s where you will relax each day, spend time with family and entertain friends. Go with the size that works well with the size of the room and choose a quality piece that will last.