While there are inevitably some home items you should never skimp on, there are others you should never break the bank to buy.
When it comes to decorating an entire home, the cost of furniture, rugs, dishes, and throw pillows can quickly add up. If you have an unlimited budget, you can feel free to spend as much as you want on furniture and décor. Knock yourself out. But for those of us on a budget, know that spending top dollar on absolutely every single item really isn’t a must.
When decorating, it’s not necessary to splurge on every item. These are the pieces of furniture and decor you can safely scrimp on.
There’s no good reason to spend a lot of money on side tables. Unlike a dresser where you have to store things and open and close it every day, a side table just sits there.
One of the best items to buy cheap is an area rug. And really who wants to break the bank on something that’s going to eventually get soiled and need to be replaced? For an option that’s both affordable and durable you can look for sisal rug or flatweave wool.
Accent chairs are a great way to bring a current trend, pattern, or color into a room, but honestly, they’re something you’re probably going to swap out sooner than you would your sofa.
Wallpaper is expensive itself and even more expensive to install, so you can cheat the system and get temporary wallpaper! It looks just as high quality and you can install it yourself.
Fancy dishes just aren’t worth the investment. You can buy a set of dishes in a box that are just as stylish as those pricy individual place settings.
Sure, you could get custom drapes and blinds for a grand per window, but why would you? The great thing about buying inexpensive window treatments is the flexibility you then have to change them out as frequently as your heart desires.
THROWS AND PILLOWS
A few throw pillows can transform a couch, while the right blanket draped over an armchair can change its entire look. The good news is you don’t need to spend a lot on these little accents.
A bookcase is something everyone can purchase on the cheap! Making a bookcase both functional and aesthetically pleasing is all about styling it.
Stools with adjustable seat heights are typically more expensive, so instead of splurging on an adjustable option, carefully measure the height of your counter and purchase stools to match.
There’s no reason to spend a lot of money on something you use for only two months of the year. No one will notice if those little silver balls cost $4 or $40.
Decorating is a very personal exercise (or at least it should be). You decide what items go into your home, from the furniture to the rugs, to the lights, to the accessories; it’s totally up to you. But even though you’re free to decorate with whatever you want, there are a few essential items every home should have and on the cheap.