Whether you’re furnishing your first apartment or you’re trying to update your beloved home, creating a budget for the items you will need to spend money on is a must. To avoid stress, though, you should keep in mind that you don’t have to spend a lot for everything, especially in your bedroom. There are some that you should invest on and save on the others.
To help you out in creating a strategic spending map, here is our list of where you should splurge or skimp.
We’re not saying this because we make mattresses, but because it’s true. Mattresses have always been big ticket purchases that are worth investing on, especially Salem beds. Getting a good, high quality mattress will help you rest well at night and even guarantee you great sleep for years, making them worth spending some money on. We’re not saying that you should buy the most expensive model in the market, though. We’re saying that it’s okay to spend more on a mattress, as long as you’re comfortable in it and you know that it is durable and can be used for a long time.
2. Sheets & Linens
As you will be laying on bed clothes all night, ensuring that they are ideal for your skin and hair is necessary. By choosing the right fabric, you can wake up refreshed and even prettier, so why not give yourself this extra boost? Satin pillowcases are perfect for dry hair and can lessen frizz, while cotton bed sheets can give you fresher mornings.
Aside from your mattress, your pillow also gives you the proper back support needed for a good night’s sleep. They can also make or break your sleep, as a bad pillow will strain your back and cause you aches in the morning. Getting a good pillow is a great way to ensure that you are going to have a good night’s sleep.
For splurging, the idea here is that if you’re going to be using it a lot and your comfort is on the line, you have to be ready to splurge on it. Since you will be maximizing its function, you can get your money’s worth easily, especially if you chose high quality products.
Unless you’re an art collector who is passionate about the works of the masters, buying extra expensive art for your bedroom doesn’t really make a lot of sense. While some people are willing to shell out thousands of pesos for a lovely work of art, if you’re on a tight budget, you can always skimp on art and opt for more affordable pieces. Art can be easily updated as time goes by, so if you really want a good artwork hanging on your bedroom wall, you can always save up and buy the piece you want.
2. Decorative Pieces
Like wall art, splurging on other decorative pieces can be tempting, but once you really think about it, do you really need to spend as much on photo frames, vases, and candle holders? Will these items affect your quality of life if you buy them cheap?
Also, like art, these items can be updated over time. If your budget doesn’t allow it yet, we suggest you skimp on decorative pieces first, but once you’ve settled in and have already purchased every big ticket item you need, you can always reward yourself with tchotchkes, baubles, and trinkets that you love.
In a tropical country like the Philippines, getting a comforter shouldn’t be a priority, since we don’t have to go through cold nights. Even if you sleep with air-conditioning, you can always set the thermostat to a tolerable temperature, so you don’t have to wake up shivering in the middle of the night. With this, the need for comforters isn’t really there, so why purchase an expensive one?
Deciding on what to skimp on is fairly easy, actually. You just have to weigh their importance. If you’re not going to use them a lot, might as well buy cheap and just replace them over time should the need arise.
1. Window Treatments
If you’re going for shades, you will have to commit to it and invest. Cheap shades look cheap and are actually flimsy, so splurging on a good one could be a great idea. However, if you’re the type to change up your room every now and then, you may want to opt for curtains instead, as they are a lot more affordable and can be DIYed.
Just like the window treatments, spending on furniture is tricky. If it’s a heavy use item, like the bed and closets should be invested on, as you don’t want your bed giving out on you in the middle of the night. However, if it’s just rarely used, like accent tables, feel free to get something cheap, as long as it complements your decor.
3. Your DIY Projects
So, you’ve seen something at the store and you’re pretty nifty yourself. You think, hey, I can make one of those for much less. While it is true that you can actually make a version of it on your own, sometimes, it might also be a lot cheaper to just buy the actual thing. Aside from the time you’ll spend crafting the item, without watching yourself carefully, you can easily go overboard and hoard everything from the craft store. This, of course, will be counterproductive, since you’ve taken on the project mainly as a way to cut costs, and not spend a lot. So, the next time you’ve decided to DIY something, try to weigh the pros and cons first. This way, you can be sure that you’re making the right financial decision.
Paint is one of the most contested item when it comes to whether buying it cheap or expensive is the wiser move. Some people swear by pricey brands, while others stand by the more affordable varieties. In any case, experts suggest that the price doesn’t really matter, as long as you prep your walls right. Washing it down to degrease it and sanding it a bit will allow the paint to adhere better, offering greater results. By doing it properly, you can be guaranteed that you’ll get the most out of the product you purchased, especially if you’ve decided to splurge a little bit.
Hopefully, these tips help you put in perspective the things you may need to invest on and the ones you can do without. However, it’s still up to you whether you want to follow our suggestions. As long as you’re creating a comfortable space to pamper yourself at the end of the day, you can be sure that you’ll be successful in this challenge.