10 Worthwhile Splurges for Your First Home
If you’ve made the giant leap from repeat renter to first-time homeowner, you’re owed a congratulations. Buying a home is a huge step and financial commitment, and though it may seem like all your available funds went toward your down payment, the endless customization options that come with owning your own place make it seem like the expenses are just beginning. Though decorating a home should be a gradual process executed over time, if you are looking to upgrade your existing pieces that have been with you for years, we suggest starting with one of the options below. Though they may seem like splurges now, they will be worth it for all the years to come.
We’re always saying you should hang your drapery as close to the ceiling as possible, but being that curtain panels come in standard lengths, renters are often left with either short panels that end before they reach the floor or a pool of extra fabric thanks to short ceiling heights. Since you’re now working with a fixed height, it’s wise to invest in some tailored drapes perfectly suited to your home’s dimensions.
We love how unique statement wallpaper can add color, texture, and personality to any space, big or small. It’s a pain to install in a rental since you’ll likely have to remove it when you leave, but now that you are a homeowner, here’s your chance to update your existing plain walls.
Buying art that takes up an entire wall is not the wisest move when you’re renting. What if your next place has no space and you’re stuck with a giant framed painting? If you’ve always wanted to invest in a piece that will be a focal point and attention-grabber in any room, now’s the time.
When you move places every year or so, it can seem like a hassle to replace a rental home’s light fixtures or invest in a piece that might not work in your next pad. Now that you’re settled, it’s time to finally pick up that chandelier you’ve been dreaming of. Statement lighting can add major style to any room and even be the main focal point in sparser spaces.
Now that you’ve found a long-term place to lay down roots, it’s probably time to upgrade your bed. And not just the frame or size—maybe you finally have room to invest in a king—but your mattress, as well. We like Loom & Leaf for its eco-friendly comfort and memory foam support. Plus, its 75-day free trial means if the upgrade is a no-go, it’s no sweat.
When space is at a premium and your furniture arrangements are always in flux, it can be hard to convince yourself to spend big bucks on lounge chairs and sofas. But again, now that you know how much space you have and what your rooms can accommodate, it’s time to invest in some long-lasting, quality upholstery. Buy the right pieces, constructed with solid frames, and you’ll have your furniture for life.
Your dining room or kitchen table is bound to get a lot of use through the years and serve as the main surface for a variety of activities, from eating and doing homework to wrapping holiday gifts and the like. Now that you know how big of a table your new space can accommodate, switch out your previous piece for something with a little more staying power.
You’re wise to hold off on purchasing any custom piece until your surroundings are more permanent. We recommend going with the largest rug a space can accommodate and prefer to see all of the table and chair legs land on a rug when it grounds a seating area. Now that you have your own space, you’re free of having to stick with standard measurements (8’x10’ or 9’x12’) and can order a custom area rug perfect for your space and needs.