Today I’m breaking down the question: Which items in your home are worth the splurge? When can you save?
I had a great question come through my DMs this past week. I’ve answered similar questions privately through email and message exchanges, but this time, I thought – let’s break it all down in a blog post!
Which items in your home are worth the splurge, and which ones can be saves? Which items are just as good at a lower price point?— Kimber
The definitions of ‘splurge’ and ‘save’ are relative, so take into account your personal budget when deciding what it means to splurge vs. save. To me, a splurge is an investment in quality. It’s supporting a small(er) maker or finally pushing ‘buy now’ on The Perfect Rug on Ebay or finally purchasing the classic dinnerware I love the most from a big box store. It’s making the decision once and not needing to make it again for a long, long time. A save is more trendy, seasonal or perhaps convenience. But that doesn’t always mean it lacks in craftsmanship!
We have absolutely saved when we wanted to splurge, and we’ve splurged where we maybe-should-have saved (but no regrets!). Sometimes the timing doesn’t make sense to splurge, and sometimes we save all our pennies to make the splurge possible. All this to say, the lines can be crossed and blurred, and in the end, you do you! Below, I’m sharing my thoughts on splurge vs. save, as well as alternate options to consider.
When to Splurge
As a general rule of thumb, we tend to splurge on items that are tactile, since feel is so important in a home! Think: A sofa you can’t wait to curl up on, a coffee table that checks all the boxes, the door knobs you touch every day. We’ve also been burned by purchasing inexpensive curtain rods and poorly made dinnerware, so those made my splurge-worthy list, too!
- Large, regularly used furniture | sofas and lounge chairs
- Coffee tables | You see and use this every day!
- Cabinet hardware | Inexpensive hardware will wear poorly over time.
- Door knobs
- Heavy duty curtain rods
- An heirloom piece | chairs, rugs, textiles
When to Save
We are all about the save! As I already mentioned, sometimes this makes the most sense from a convenience perspective, such as – ohmigosh, I need this in a pinch, like yesterday. But when it comes to items that are interchangeable, we like to (mostly) save. Think: Throw pillows, printable artwork, seasonal decor.
- Artwork | Consider thrifted or vintage frames and digital download prints or pages from a beautiful book!
- Knick knacks + Decor | books, candlesticks, vases and figurines
- Throw pillows | Save the down-filled pillow forms and only purchase new covers
- Plumbing fixtures | Your kitchen and bathroom fixtures can happily float in the grey area. I wouldn’t recommend the least expensive option, nor the highest! Consider brands that hover in the middle – Delta Faucet, Moen and Signature Hardware.
- Organizational tools | baskets, bins, hooks and drawer dividers. (These cotton baskets are our favorite for storing toys!)
Either / Or
Some items tread the line of either / or. For example, not every room needs a 100% wool rug, rather, consider how your family uses the space. And while luxury bedding is ahh-mazing, we also love these vintage-washed Target sheets! Below, I’m sharing the household items that can go either way.
- Rugs | The splurge-vs-save factor can be based on the room and how it’s used. For example, a high quality rug under a dining room table doesn’t make the most sense, but you’ll want something that makes your heart sing in the family room. And never, ever skimp on the rug pad! (These are our favorite.)
- Bedding | Okay, if I had to choose, I’d save on the duvet cover, splurge on the sheets.
- Tools |Always check the warranty, and invest in a good drill and miter saw. Save on one time use tools (such as speciality blades).
- Lighting | Save on utilitarian spaces, splurge on statement lighting.
Get the Splurge for a Save!
Shopping secondhand is like a secret weapon. While finding a vintage piece does not always equate to a ‘save’, more often than not, it does! During quarantine, I have been blown away by the number of creations I’m seeing online, and I’m feeling so inspired. Never underestimate the power of Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Ebay or DIY!
What do you consider splurge-worthy? Where do you save?