Furniture Shopping Guide: Where to Save & Where to Splurge

Furnishing your home can be exciting. It is an opportunity to design a place you love, from scratch. 

But, as you may have realized by now, you just purchased a property, and you may not have a lot of money left to spend on fancy, new furniture. While you don’t want to wait to purchase everything, you can’t also live out of boxes for months without a place to sit, sleep, or even store your belongings in, either. 

In terms of purchasing furniture, a good compromise is to identify where to save and where to splurge. It also helps to understand what you should invest in immediately and what to buy over time. 

Your Complete Guide to Buying Furniture 

Certain furniture is better purchased right away. These essentials should make you more comfortable in your new home and serve as the foundation of your interior design. Before planning your trip to the furniture stores and buying everything that captures your attention, make sure to do a little research and identify what’s on your priority list. 

Sofa 

As the focal point of your living room, the sofa gets the heaviest use. It is also the furniture around which you will build the rest of the room, thus making it a valuable item to purchase right away. Don’t be afraid to splurge, either. A sofa is an investment, and that means you should buy one that you will love for years, regardless of the trend. We suggest sticking to a neutral color palette then add pillows to add accent colors. 

Dining Table 

Finding the time to relax, unwind, and spend time with the family can start by sitting around the table and sharing a meal. This makes a dining table essential, particularly for larger families. It’s a furniture piece that can also serve other purposes besides being a place to eat. You can entertain guests here and have private conversations, while kids can do their homework and maybe play board games at the table, to name a few. 

Mattress & Bed 

We spend about a third of our life sleeping, and we might as well make it count. Invest in a good mattress to ensure that you’re getting adequate sleep. Then, choose a bed frame to put that mattress on for optimal sleep support. Prioritizing your sleep is prioritizing your health as well. It will reduce the chances of you getting sick, lower risks for serious health problems like heart disease, and help you maintain a healthy weight, among others. 

Storage 

Having a place to store your belongings is a way to keep your home organized and your items from getting damaged. This much is true for your TV and other electronics. An entertainment cabinet, for example, provides a way to store and organize all your TV accessories and reduce the clutter in the living room. Best of all, it means you no longer have to worry about tripping on cords or your pets chewing on them. 

Window Treatments 

Window treatments not only keep your neighbors from seeing right into your home, but they also help control the amount of sunlight that enters your window, which can fade your wall paints, floors, and furniture as well. Curtains are something you can buy cheap right away and upgrade later. Otherwise, you can also splurge with some long-term solutions like drapes, blinds, and shades. 

These are primarily the things you will need right away to keep yourself from living out of boxes and suitcases and make your life more comfortable in your new home. Except for window treatments, we suggest splurging on these items as you will be using them for the long-term anyway. 

After buying these larger furniture items, you can move on to the secondary items. You can either buy them later or buy them for cheap now and upgrade later. 

Moving on, below are the furniture items that you can either buy later or buy for cheap now and upgrade later. 

• Coffee tables

• Side tables

• Nightstands

• Rugs and carpets 

• Decorative lighting

• Artworks 

• Clothing storage 

• Bookcases

Takeaway 

It’s easy to see why purchasing furniture can be exciting, even tempting to buy everything that you need all at once. 

But, besides saving you money, gradually filling your home with furniture items will leave you enough room to curate pieces; mix and match from different furniture stores. It will also save you from buying furniture sets and displays, which can make your home look like a showroom. 

We understand how much you want to have your place furnished and show it off to everyone. But, trust us, the waiting will be worth it! 

What are your thoughts about furniture items to splurge and save on? If you have any more tips, please leave a comment below!

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