When choosing furniture and goods for your home, it is easy to go with the cheapest option available to you at the time. However, a cheap option may mean you end up forking out a lot more than you would have in the first place to replace an item that has dropped in quality standards quicker than you thought it would, or just given up the ghost altogether. It is nearly always worth investing in quality, but below are some items that are definitely worth investing in, meaning they will actually be more cost-effective in the long run.
Bed And Mattress
If there is one thing you should definitely consider as a top quality need investment, it’s your bedroom furniture. Particularly your bed frame and mattress, as you will spend more time of your life using your bed than any other piece of furniture. You may have heard the phrase “a mattress is an investment, not an expense”, and it is incredibly true. A mattress needs to have the right amount of support and comfort for your hips and spine, or it could cause a lot of health problems in later life. A consistently poor night’s sleep also increases your risk or injury/accidents and can make you feel fatigued, less focused, and short tempered. Sleep also helps to boost your mental wellbeing and immune system – so it is extremely important to have the best quality bed you can afford to reset your batteries every night. So, if you find yourself not functioning in the morning without several cups of coffee, it may be time to reconsider your sleeping arrangements. Make sure you do your research in person – there are so many options out there, you won’t know which one best suits you without giving each one a trial lie-down on first. Yes, it may be a little uncomfortable or awkward in the furniture store, but you will thank yourself for taking the time when you wake up from the best night’s sleep of your night. You will need to consider not only how you sleep (back, side, or stomach) but also how your partner sleeps. This information, coupled with your height or weight can dictate what level of support is best for you. There is also individual preference to take into account. If you and your partner prefer different firmness ratings or sleep in a different way, it may be worth considering a dual-zone mattress. Though slightly more costly, these will offer a good compromise and allow both of you to get a perfect night of rest. A bed frame is just as important, with many mattress manufacturers having specific bed frames tailored to work with their products. If you do decide to buy them separately, be sure to check what requirement your mattress has. Some work best with a divan base or need the slats of a bed frame to be a particular spacing of width.
Buying quality white goods can save you a considerable amount of money in the long run, due to their energy efficiency and long life expectancy. Everyone has been there – you come in from a long day, and your washing machine has leaked all over the floor. The cost of repairing it is usually just as much buying a new one, so you buy the same model again or chose another cheap brand, thus continuing the cycle. Until you have to cope without them, you don’t realise just how much you rely on your white goods to get you through each day of your life, so it is imperative that they last you a long time. “White goods” is the umbrella term given to your fridge, oven, and washing machine, as they tend to be the forefront appliances of everyone’s kitchens or utility rooms. This is the front line machinery when it comes to food hygiene and preparation, and keeping our own personal hygiene levels up by cleaning and drying our clothes. It’s important when buying each one to assess your own needs: For example, if there are only two of you living in your property, do you really need a fridge big enough to feed a small army? Shop for trusted brands that offer a good manufacturers warranty, and you can’t go far wrong, steer clear of obscure brands as not only will the quality of the product be questionable, but replacing any parts may be either very difficult or entirely impossible. Keep an eye on the energy efficiency rating, items like your fridge or freezer will be on all the time, so it’s important that they won’t have a negative impact on your electricity bill.
Unless you work from home, your sofa is likely to be the place you spend most of your time at home. You want something that is comfortable but also sturdy and going to last you – a quality sofa, even though it seems expensive at first, will pay you back with comfort and style for decades, rather than one you have to keep replacing because you bought it based on the low price. When buying, there are a few things to take into consideration: Firstly, the material. If you have children then leather might be the best option to go for as it is easily cleaned, however if you also have pets that love to scratch, this material isn’t easily repaired. Weighing up this option with factors in your life that could test its durability is the best way of ensuring you have a sofa to fit your personal needs. Secondly, you also need to measure the space you want it to be placed in, but also the journey through the house it has to get there. It is all too often a sofa is purchased that is too big to get through a front door or lounge archway. Thirdly, style versatility is also a big factor if you love to redecorate often. This is again a purchase you will need to go and view in person, as they are a lot of different filling materials that will alter the firmness of the sofa – so having a trial relax is essential.
Hopefully, this has given you some food for thought when it comes to purchasing items for your home. Typically, though quality tends to be more expensive, it works out as a better investment in the end.