Splurge or Save?

What to splurge or save on is a very relative question and eventually comes down to home furnishings budgets and sense of style. Because everyone’s priorities differ slightly there are very few hard-and-fast rules… but generally the longer you want to hold on to a piece of furniture or home accent the more you should consider spending on it.

Here are a few items you should give consideration to when deciding whether to splash the cash or find on the cheap.


As it is interiors staple, the sofa should be neutral enough to adjust with changing styles and robust enough to last several years. Therefore, it is worth resisting the temptation to go cheap and end up with something that doesn’t last the distance. At the same time, it’s not necessary to spend exorbitant amounts on a couch if you aren’t sure what the next 10 years demands of it. If you are choosing a hot pink sofa, perhaps look for one at the save end of the scale, for when that isn’t the trend of the moment.


Just like with clothes, children grow through interiors styles quickly. Furniture needs to be safe and easy clean, but in all other respects this is an area to save the cents.


While there are some exceptions, curtains, cushions, throws, rugs and duvet covers are easy to swap out as seasons, moods and trends change – and because of that you can rein in the purse strings when buying them.


If you need to splash the cash on anything in your home, it should be a mattress. We spend a third of our lives in bed and a good night’s sleep is truly priceless. The comfort layer is usually the first to deteriorate, so get a double sided one to extend its lifespan, which can be 10 years if well cared for.

With lighting it is sensible to pay out on the fixed and statement pieces and save on the lamps and plug ins. These days LED bulbs are very reasonably priced, attractive and last a while so is a no-brainer must-have.

While they can be a bit of a splurge at the purchase end, these products are helping to save the environment so are worth taking up room in your budget.


That copper candle holder may have been the hit décor item of 2018 but might be passé within six months. Trends come and go, so update your look with key items but don’t break the bank on them.

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