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What to Splurge on When Furnishing an Apartment

 

Part of making a new apartment your home is personalizing your space by selecting furniture and other furnishings. This can be exciting but expensive. There are certain items that are worth the splurge. Read on to find out what’s worth splurging on.

1. Your Mattress

You spend one-third of your life asleep, so splurging on your mattress is a wise investment. Even though it’s covered with mattress toppers, sheets, and blankets don’t let that affect your budget. Your mattress is the foundation of your bed – literally.  A lumpy, cheap mattress will do you no favors. A firm, well-constructed mattress, on the other hand, will help you have a more restful sleep. Shopping around for the best value is recommended. Carve out a bit of your spending budget on your mattress, it’s worth the splurge.

2. Your Desk

Working from home has become our new normal. Even if you don’t have a desk job, having a sturdy and well-built desk is a good investment. You can pay bills at your desk and perform duties associated with your job even if your job isn’t a sedentary one. A quality desk is something that can last you for decades.

3. Your Apartment Lighting

 

Purchasing lamps for targeted lighting is worth the investment. Whether it’s a desk lamp, or a lamp in your living room which supplies light for reading or studying, protecting your vision is something that should be splurged on. Not only do lights add a decorative flair to your living space, lamps can be used in other homes you may have down the road. 

4. Your Sofa

An investment in a sofa is one of the best pieces of advice for apartment-dwellers. This piece of furniture becomes the center of a renter’s universe. You watch TV while laying on it, you may study or read on it, and you will spend time enjoying the sofa each day. An important issue to consider is choosing the right design. First, should you opt for a sofa bed? It may be worth it if you plan on hosting out-of-town guests. The next issue at hand is the fabric: do you want leather or material? And, finally, you must pick a color and design. Part of the investment of a sofa is to think about if you want a neutral design or a custom sofa. Whatever your furniture taste, we advise to make the splurge on a high-quality sofa that is built to last. You can even skimp on throw pillows and a coffee table.

5. A Vacuum Cleaner

A good vacuum is truly an investment. If you have a pet, this is a no-brainer. Because of this pandemic, we are spending more time at home. Your space gets dusty, dirty and this can affect your air quality. A top-of-line vacuum can keep your apartment cleaner and will last. 

6. Kitchen Essentials 

 

Depending on your lifestyle, investing on kitchen essentials will make sense. For example, if coffee is your thing, invest in a coffee maker to brew your java the way you want it. Otherwise, you may make a trip to the coffee shop daily and this adds up quickly. If you enjoy cooking, splurge on kitchen knives, pots and pans, and serving pieces. If you’re smoothie-lover, invest in an appliance that can make the shakes and drinks you crave. You’re worth it.

Why it Makes Sense to Splurge on Certain Items

It takes a lot of money to move into an apartment. You usually need two months’ rent plus a security deposit. Money may be tight for a while. 

When you are making decisions about purchasing furniture and other items for your apartment, there are certain things to splurge on. These items are an investment and are worth the up-front extra costs.

The old saying you’ve heard “you get what you pay for” is true. Although a good strategy is to shop for value and sales, don’t go the cheap route with a mattress, sofa, lighting, kitchen essentials, a desk or a vacuum cleaner. If you make an investment on these items, you will likely have them and use them in the years ahead.