Save or Splurge? Where You Can Scrimp and Where You Should Put Your Sheckells When It Comes to Home  Save or Splurge? Where You Can Scrimp and Where You Should Put Your Sheckells When It Comes to Home


Save or Splurge? Where You Can Scrimp and Where You Should Put Your Sheckells When It Comes to Home

Written By: Jaymi Naciri
Friday, June 14, 2019

Furniture

This is a mixed bag. You can get away with an inexpensive coffee table, and you may be able to score a killer deal on a dining table that looks far more expensive than it is. But when it comes to upholstery, proceed with cautionmdash;especially with large pieces. Cheap textiles can pill, rip, wear out easily, and stain permanently. Plus, the material is often scratchy and uncomfortable.

ldquo;The sofanbsp;is one of the most significant items yoursquo;ll ever buy for your home. It takes up a lot of visual space, itrsquo;s important for comfort purposes, and itrsquo;s something you could have for two or even three decades,rdquo; said The Spruce. ldquo;Look for something made with high-quality materials such as kiln-dried hardwood and eight-way hand-tied spring construction, and purchase a >

Art

Many designers will tell you that money is no object when it comes to art. ldquo;Unlike a rug that may get dirty in a couple years or a glass that could end up breaking at your next dinner party, the art you invest in is likely to stay with you for many years, or maybe even a lifetime,rdquo; said Real Simple. ldquo;The key is to take your time finding art you love, that yoursquo;ll want to spend years living with, and that fits your >

We agree with all of that, except for the ldquo;need to splurgerdquo; part. Itrsquo;s gonna be awhile before wersquo;re playing with Picasso money. In the meantime, we love finding great new resources to buy inexpensive artmdash;especially those that allow us to support emerging artists instead of buying stuff thatrsquo;s mass-produced. From Society6 to Minted to to Etsy, there are a number of places you can find great stuff without a great expense.

Flooring

Skimp out on your flooring and you might find yourself having to redo it soonmdash;or living with the consequences of a poor choice. Everything from a wood product that is made too thin, and therefore is damaged easily, to poor adhesive, to carpet that doesnrsquo;t have the quality to stand up to kids, pets, or everyday use can cause problems sooner than you may expect.

Rugs

ldquo;One of the best items to buy cheap is an area rug, Gen Sohr, one half of the husband-and-wife team behindnbsp;Pencil amp; Paper Co., a Nashville-based interior design firm, said to Real Simple. ldquo;I think there are so many wonderful area rug options that are a complete steal. And really who wants to break the bank on something thats going to eventually get soiled and need to be replaced?rdquo; she says. For an option thatrsquo;s both affordable and durable, she recommends a natural sisal rug, which also hides the appearance of dirt. A flatweave wool rug is another popular option, and Sohr recommends finding deals on Overstock.com or Rugs USA.rdquo;

Mattresses

It can be tempting to go cheap on a mattress simply because it so expensive. But, if you really spend a good third of your life in bed, itrsquo;s worth it to pay for quality. If you canrsquo;t pay outright, itrsquo;s usually possible to get a zero-interest payment plan from a mattress stores if you have decent credit.





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