When it comes to buying items for your home, are you guilty of snapping up things as cheaply as possible? Well, while it’s OK to buy some household goods at rock-bottom prices, there are a few things that are really worth spending a little bit extra on. In fact, you’d be smart not to cut corners on a few items in particular! Avoid forking out for replacements by ‘buying once and buying well’ for the following household items…
1. A sturdy sofa
A good sofa is often the first big investment you’ll make in your home, and for good reason… you’re going to spend a lot of time on it! Watching TV, entertaining guests, chilling out in the evening or curling up on it at the weekend, it’s fair to say your sofa is going to get a lot of use. So, invest in something that’s genuinely comfortable and designed to go the distance.
Choose a style you like as it will create a focal point for the room, but be mindful of the quality of the frame and the fabric it’s covered in. A solid frame will ensure your sofa can withstand a lot of wear and tear, and removable, washable covers will be a godsend if you have pets or children!
2. A comfortable bed
Similarly, it’s really important you spend enough money on your bed to ensure that you’re going to get a good night’s sleep. A decent bed might seem like it costs a lot, but when you think about, you spend an average of eight hours a day snoozing… which amounts to a third of your life! So, doesn’t it make sense to be as comfortable as you possibly could be? Skip the IKEA mattress section and head to somewhere like Divan Beds Centre – they sell really high quality beds (the likes of which are used in hotels up and down the country) and while they’re not as cheap as buying something second hand, for instance, they’re very good value for the comfort they provide.
On a similar note, bed linen is certainly something you shouldn’t be scrimping on. Stores like Primark and TK Maxx will sell bed linen in lots of different colours and patterns, but you’ll notice that the sheets often contain polyester – a fabric which isn’t breathable. The result of buying cheap bedding is an uncomfortable night’s sleep as you overheat, and it can actually be very itchy for people with sensitive skin too. Spend a little bit more money to buy the best quality you can afford, opting for cotton or linen bedding. It’s breathable, washes well and won’t discolour over time.
Cutlery doesn’t need to be expensive. But, simply buying the very cheapest cutlery is still a false economy – it might break at the join, bend, or discolour in the dishwasher. And, you’ll be using your cutlery at least a couple of times a day, so why not buy something that feels nice between your fingers? After all, it’d be shame to make a home cooked meal less enjoyable due to sharp, flimsy cutlery digging into your fingers! Buy the best set you can afford, scouring stores that are renowned for selling high quality kitchenware. Keep an eye on the sales as you might be able to pick up a lovely set at a reduced price.
5. A good refrigerator
If you’re the kind of person who often eats in restaurants and doesn’t have a well-stocked fridge, this household item is probably one you can get away with buying cheaply. However, if you tend to eat at home and like your fridge to be full of healthy, delicious ingredients, investing in a good refrigerator is vital.
Go for the biggest one you can afford, as you’ll be grateful for the extra space when you’re not needing to wrestle a bag of lettuce into a tiny salad drawer. But, above all else, just look for one that’s energy efficient – cheap fridges actually cost quite a lot to run, and you’ll begin to recoup the cost of a fridge that’s initially a bit more expensive over the course of its life.
Are there any other household items you think should be on this list? What are you glad you’ve spent money on?