So last week you signed the lease for your first apartment. You moved in and realized all you really have is a mattress, a lamp, and your television. You want to make the space feel like home, but don’t really feel like spending a ton of money. You think to yourself “I mean, how long is this stuff really going to last me, anyway?”
With furniture, as with wine and tattoos, you get what you pay for. Now, I’m not saying that the first sectional you buy will stay in your family for generations, but you may take it with you on your next several moves. While you may be eyeing that Ikea sofa because of its attractive price tag, it certainly won’t be built to last.
Invest in Your Space
Few things make a home feel “homey” like a good sofa. When you want to relax in your living room, where will you sit? Where will your company sit? Surely, you won’t be able to relax in one of those folding COSCO folding chairs you’ve set up with that card table you threw a table cloth over and dubbed your “kitchen table.” You want your place to look more put-together, to feel more “adult.”
One of the best investments you can make is in a sofa. It is the central, utilitarian piece of any living room and the place you cozy up with others. One way to get the most use out of a sofa is to go for a sectional-style or a sleeper sofa. Sectionals are incredibly versatile and can be rearranged to fit almost any room. If you really want to get the most out of your sectional, be sure to get one with a chaise, as these can usually be arranged in several ways. If you have frequent overnight guests, a sleeper sofa might be more your style. Furniture brands like Blu Dot have multiple options in both sofa categories.
Create Your Sanctuary
Your bedroom is your private sanctuary. It is where you should feel, and sleep, like royalty. While investing in space for your guests is important, it’s also pivotal to invest in your own space. While you might enjoy sleeping on the floor, having a perfect mattress in a welcoming bedframe will help you recharge when you’re home.
While some furniture is fine to get from your local bargain retailer, one thing to never mess around with is finding the perfect bed. According to US News, sleep is actually more important for weight loss than exercise or healthy eating. Regardless of whether or not you’re in bed for 8 or 9 hours, if you’re constantly tossing and turning or waking up, you’re still not getting enough rest. If cost is a concern for you, try buying your mattress around Memorial Day or Labor Day, as those are usually the times when mattress retailers have the biggest sales.
Create an organized space by investing in a bed with storage built in. This way, you’re not only getting a house for your perfect mattress, but also extra storage for your favorite clothes and accessories.
Use it or Lose it!
The best way to get value out of any purchase is to use it as much as possible. If you buy a pair of shoes, but they only sit in your closet, wouldn’t you have been better off spending that money on something else? Probably. If you wear those shoes, however, and love them until they are dirty and have holes in the bottom, then your money was well spent. The same is true for furniture.
Keep your spaces clean and organized, have company over whenever you can, and make sure to get the sleep you need every night. Investing in your space means investing in your life, which is never a waste.