Spending less on premium furniture might sound like an oxymoron, but there are many ways you can get more bang for your buck.
You might be looking to furnish your forever home, or just wanting to make sure you’re not having to replace your furniture every few years.
Whatever the reason, it’s worth the time doing your research to ensure you and your back pocket is happy with the result.
Invest in Custom-Made Furniture
When it comes to custom-made premium furniture, there are a couple of things you need to consider. If you’re getting it to fit your current property, but it’s likely you won’t be in the house or flat in a few years time, then it’s probably not the most economical decision (if it’s fixed furniture that’ll increase the value of your property by maximising the space of a small flat, then that’s another story).
If you are planning on staying in the house, the best way to really utilise your space and get the most out of any furniture you buy is by having it custom-made. While upholstery may need repairing or updating, on many occasions, custom-made premium furniture outlives its owners (morbid, but true). While $3000 for a custom-made dining table may seem like a lot to outlay initially, a $400 Ikea table that you’ll have to replace every 3 to 5 years over a period of 25 years is going to cost you the same – and that’s without inflation, the trip to the store, and the multiple hotdog purchases.
Splurge on Items You Consider Essential
A good place to start is by investing in essential household items that have been around in more or less the same form and aren’t likely to be affected by the advancement of technology. For example, you might look to invest in premium beds, dining tables and coffee tables, and spend less on items like bulky TV cabinets and DVD / CD storage units.
Opt for Classic Styles
One of the best ways to get the most out of premium furniture, is to invest in classic, timeless styles that won’t date too much. While it can be hard to determine exactly what will and won’t date, there are a few things to look for. Have a look at what has stood the test of time over the years. Clean lines, minimalist styles, colour palates of neutrals like tan, charcoal, black and white. And there are some certain vintage styles that have stood the test of time too – think of the Chesterfield lounge or the furniture inspired by the 1950s Scandinavian furniture makers like our Helsinki Armchair.
While this tip for spending less on on premium furniture might seem simple, it’s one not enough people consider. The cost of transporting expensive items is going to be great if you’re having them sent from the other side of the country. If any repairs or reupholstering are required, it’s going to be much more economical if you can have the same people who constructed your furniture do this, than if you will need to find someone who can offer the same services in your home town.
Ready to Invest in Premium Furniture for Your Home?
Buywood Furniture prides themselves on handcrafting some of the highest quality, premium and unique timber furniture in Australia. Led by 4th generation furniture maker Lee Kenny, Buywood has over 40 years’ experience in the industry, and can custom-create premium furniture from built-in bookcases, to chairs, to coffee tables, bathroom vanities and much more.