When you’re buying furniture for your home, you’ll come to a tough decision  – splurge vs. save. While it might seem like a good idea to go out and get the best of the best, that’s not really a feasible option for most people. The secret to having a well-decorated home without spending all your hard earned cash is to mix high-quality, built-to-last items where it matters with less expensive items where it doesn’t. A good rule of thumb is to splurge on the things you use daily – like your bed, sofa and kitchen utensils. You should save on things that don’t get used everyday or that are easily replaceable, like sheets, rugs and accessories. Check out our guidelines below on when to save and when to treat yourself.


Splurge: Mattress

A mattress is the most used piece in your home, so if there is one piece to splurge on, this is definitely it. We spend over a third of our lives sleeping or trying to fall asleep, according to Dreams.co. Mattresses are expensive and they are boring to buy. However, a good mattress can change your life. A good mattress ensures you get a good night’s rest and you don’t wake up with back pain or neck pain. Splurging here will save you stress in the future.

Save: Linens

When it comes to bed linens, you can save a little cash by mixing and matching. You can find a higher-quality comforter or quilt and match it with a cheaper set of sheets. Stores like HomeGoods and Target are great places to find mix-and-match sheets and blankets. The key is to find something that feels nice to the touch.

Living Room:

Splurge: Seating

When you’re considering what to splurge vs. save on, consider that seating is one of the most important elements in your home. According to Big Think, we spend almost a third of our lives sitting, so we might as well be sitting on something comfortable! Look for seating that is made with real wood, as opposed to particle board or laminated materials. Purchase something in a classic style that will outstand the ever-changing design trends. Splurge on a piece made with fabrics or materials that you will touch and feel. If you like the feel of leather, the Mac Motion Chairs Hamar Recliner may be the perfect fit for you. With a classic design, wood base that matches any decor and top grain leather in all the places you touch and feel, this top-of-the-line recliner would fit perfectly into your home.

Save: Side Tables

Since side tables don’t see much wear and tear, saving on quality isn’t going to diminish the beauty of your home. Side tables can be picked up almost anywhere and come in such variety and color. Side tables are also a piece that are easily DIYable. You can pick up cheap tables at a thrift store and refinish them to match the rest of your decor. It’s an inexpensive way to put a personal touch on your home!


Splurge: Knives

The kitchen is full of appliance and utensils and linens and such, so it’s important to know where to splurge vs. save. Knives are a staple of the kitchen. Splurge on high-quality set of knives that are built to last. Many of the cheaper, knife-block options will wear down or break after a few years of use. Investing in a good set of chef’s knives can last decades if sharpened regularly and taken care of.

Save: Dinnerware

With all the options available now, it’s easy to build a beautiful set of dinnerware on a budget. Like with linens, dinnerware is something you can easily mix-and-match. You might find a beautiful set of patterned plates, then match it with a set of coordinating, solid-colored bowls. Thrift stores are a great place to find serving trays and eclectic coffee mugs.


Splurge: Office Chair

Like living room seating, an office chair is an important piece to splurge on, especially if you work from your home office. A comfortable, sturdy office chair with lumbar support is important for your back and neck health. The Mac Motion Chairs Otto Recliner would be a perfect addition to any home office. With a sturdy base and an adjustable, articulating headrest for neck support, its simple and sleek features will satisfy your eyes and comfort your body.

Save: Decor

Things like vases and desk knick-knacks are a dime a dozen. These pieces are also likely to be changed up often, so you can save here by purchasing inexpensive items. While the items you use to decorate your office should inspire creativity and relaxation, there are lots of options for budget-friendly decor out there.  

Kids Room:

Splurge: chair – Pub chair

Kids will be kids, and they need a sturdy piece of furniture that can withstand their running and jumping around. When purchasing kid’s furniture, it might be hard to decide where to splurge vs. save. Invest in a solid, yet fun and functional piece like the Mac Motion Chairs Pub Chair. The Pub chair comes in 4 vibrant colors that can match any child’s personality. The Pub chair is a chair they can grow with and enjoy for years to come.

Save: Storage

Kids storage is an area where you can get creative. Since children are likely to grow out of their storage furniture quickly, you can save here by visiting thrift stores or yard sales to find funky, gently used items to match your child’s personality. Find a piece your child can paint in their favorite color or cover in superhero stickers.

Furnishing a home can cost a small fortune, but it doesn’t have to! If you know which pieces to splurge vs. save on, you can furnish a beautiful home without breaking the bank.

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