Furnishing a new home is a daunting, not to mention pricey, endeavour. Before you dig deep into your pockets, take stock of what's needed and follow this list, outlining where to spend and where to save when purchasing furniture for your home.
Dine Like Royalty
When furnishing a home, think of the pieces that get the most action and invest in quality pieces that'll stand up to all that wear and tear. Dining tables and chairs are constantly being moved around and spilled on, so look for pieces made of hardwood, that won't chip, break or bend. Don't be afraid to really test the pieces before you buy (sit down and take a load off!) and examine the legs of chairs and tables to ensure they won't wobble. Consider how many people will be using the table. If you entertain often, consider buying a table that can expand with drop leaves. They're totally worth the investment, especially if you foresee big family dinners in your future.
For great quality and design, expect to spend around $1500 on a dining set, though with a keen eye for detail and quality, you can easily spend less.
If humans spend one third of their lives sleeping, why aren't we making it the best sleep possible? Invest in a good quality mattress and you'll never regret it, even if you cheap out on a frame: the mattress and box-spring are what really counts. Look for mattresses with a high coil count (this is the number of springs in the mattress) and thick gauge (this will determine how quickly the coils may sag, leaving you with a lumpy and bumpy sleep). Before purchasing, test it out (awkward but a must!). Examine the mattress for perfect seams and tight, even quilting.
When you consider how much time you spend on a mattress, and how important a good quality sleep is for your health, spending upwards of $1500 isn't so scary, but do your research and find one that you'll feel confident resting your head on.
You probably spend more time on your couch than you'd like to admit, but just like your dining set, it needs to withstand a ton of wear and tear, so go the extra mile, and invest in a couch that'll hold up under your marathon HGTV sessions.
Important things to keep in mind when investing in a couch are comfort, durability and stain resistance (balancing chips and a soda, while playing Wii is sure to put that to the test). Look for goose down combined with feather fillings for the cushions. It's pricey, but the pillows won't flatten (though they will require fluffing!). Examine the legs. The most durable legs will be part of the frame, but as long as they're attached with screws or dowels they should be OK, too. Pass on any that are attached with glue. The frame itself should be held together with wooden dowels and corner blocks. Any frames held together with glue, nails or staples will give out faster than the opening credits during movie night.
For a top of the line sofa, expect to pay around $2500 to $3000.
A quality oven can be the difference between perfectly smoked tenderloin and a dish that goes up in smoke. Research brand reputations and always go for gas over electric when you can. It produces an even heat and allows instant control of temperature. Don't forget to take into account the features that are important to you, like a warming drawer or a self-cleaning option. These little features can make a world of difference, especially if you like to cook and entertain regularly.
For a top of the line oven, consider spending anywhere from $2500 to $5000.
Your BBQ is literally on fire. Do you know how intense that is? It also lives in the great outdoors, and may not always get the cover put back on...right? Before buying, research the features that are important to you, and then consider aspects like materials (stainless steel or aluminum are top notch), the frame (is it sturdy?) and safety features (if there are wheels, do they lock? Does the gas have a safety automatic shut off?). Also consider the care that's needed for upkeep, and whether you can maintain it. Look into the cost of repairing pieces and always double check the warranty.
Set aside $1000 for a good grill, but if you're really looking to invest in a mean grilling machine, you might spend more than $2000.