There are no two ways about it; furniture is expensive! The odd piece here or there isn’t too bad, but when you’ve got an entire house to fill, the cost can really start to add up. There are some corners you can cut. The thrift store is a fantastic place to source second-hand furniture, and if you’re lucky you’ll bag yourself a bargain.
On the other hand, some items of furniture just shouldn’t be scrimped on. Safety and comfort have to be a priority when it comes to the furniture you spend most of your time around. They also have to be pleasing to the eye, after all, you spend all your time at home looking at them. Here are five items of furniture that you really can’t afford to scrimp on.
The place you do most of your relaxing, all of your television watching, and most of your family time, has got to be comfortable. There’s got to be nothing worse than getting in from a long day at work and flopping down onto a lumpy, misshapen sofa cushion and hard armrests. Plus, it’s a focal point of your living room, and it’s the main thing people will notice as they walk into your house, so it needs to be attractive.
Bed and Mattress
Hopefully, you get at least eight hours every single night getting acquainted with your bed and mattress, so why scrimp? You can find that if you end up with a poor quality mattress that your sleep can be disturbed and poor quality. You may even find yourself waking up with a bad back or neck. Try vi-spring beds for the ultimate in luxury sleeping. The risks that come with bad mattresses are just not worth the savings.
Less an aesthetic issue, the importance of high-quality bookcases is more centered around safety, especially if there are children in your household. A well-manufactured bookcase will lean back towards to wall and be fastened to it so that it can’t topple over and squash someone.
A coffee table sits in the middle of the room, and while you’re on the sofa acts as a focal point of the space A good coffee table should have storage and be movable and versatile, so you can work at it or socialize at it. A bad coffee table will just sit in the middle of the room, looking ugly, and occasionally acting as somewhere that magazines will magically stack up. Unless you know someone who’s amazing at woodwork, it’s worth spending just that little bit more on a coffee table.
It is especially important if you do any work from home to have an office chair that is comfortable, height adjustable, and supports your back properly. If you’ve spent any length of time on a cheap office chair, you’ll know the discomfort it can bring. You might as well fork out a little bit more, so you don’t completely detest working from home.
For everything else, there are thrift shops, but for these five it’s not really worth being tight-fisted.