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MAINTAINING A HOME

Why you should shop for quality furniture – Spend Better Style Better Ep 2

17 August 2018

Channel Nine’s The Block judge and Suncorp ambassador Shaynna Blaze presents Home Hacks, a series of tips and tricks that can help you save money and add value to your home. 

If your home is looking a bit dull and dreary and you want to inject some personality into your home décor, it can be tempting to fill it with cheap items that may need to be replaced regularly. 

Though this may seem like the cheaper option, over time, it usually isn’t. Shaynna’s view is that by investing in beautiful, quality furniture, not only will your home look better, but your bank account (and the environment) will more than likely thank you in the long run. 

Home Hacks – Episode 2

Investing in quality furniture over quantity

Patience will pay off

Just because you can afford cheap furniture now, doesn’t mean you should rush to the shops immediately. Give yourself some time to save up for a better quality piece that’ll last you a lot longer. 

Though waiting a few weeks may be frustrating, your patience will pay off in the long run as you won’t have to regularly replace your furniture. 

If you’re looking for a way to focus your savings then you might want to consider ‘bucketing’, where you can split your pay into sub-accounts to budget for a different savings goal or everyday area of your life. For example, you may name one sub-account ‘holiday’, another ‘renovations’, and one ‘happy money’ for when you want to treat yourself.

Suncorp’s Everyday Options Account lets you have up to 9 sub-accounts, each of which can serve a goal like the ones listed above, which could help you focus on buying those new items.

Explore the Everyday Options Account

Sitting in style

Your couch isn’t something you should be cutting costs on – it’s where you relax, entertain your friends and binge watch your favourite shows (maybe all at once!). It should be durable, stylish and above all else, comfortable. 

If you’re running on a tight budget and want to fill a larger area, invest in a great couch that you can complement with armchairs that are a little more affordable. 

Remember, time is on your side. If you’d prefer to stick with buying quality furniture, then purchase your couch first and buy the armchairs later. Just make sure to take a photo of your couch with you when buying the armchairs to make sure the colours and textures will go together. 

Wining and dining

If you have a big family or enjoy entertaining with a few mates, a quality dining table is a must. Cheap dining tables and chairs can wobble, scratch or be extremely uncomfortable. 

A quality dining table should be able to tolerate heat and wear and tear, and encourage conversation – not distract diners trying to hold onto their glasses.

Though many come in sets, if you decide to purchase chairs separately to the dining table, make sure they go together and are comfortable. Think about the size and height of the table to make sure your diners won’t be hitting their knees on the bottom of the table.

If you, don’t have the luxury of time on your side, you could consider taking out a small personal loan to help get the things you need a little sooner.

Next episode

Shaynna shows shows how to be smarter with living spaces and how to save space.

 Next: How to create minimalist home interiors - Ep 3

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