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Quality Furniture Items Worth Investing In
Time to kick the quality up a notch? These pieces are smart buys.
Let’s face it: For-now furniture is an essential part of your home decorating journey. No one can afford to buy everything on their wish list all at the same time. And my expert advice is that you shouldn’t, even if you could. Rooms that evolve over time are more personal, authentic and meaningful. But that... Keep Scrolling
Written by JICKIE TORRES


Let’s face it: For-now furniture is an essential part of your home decorating journey. No one can afford to buy everything on their wish list all at the same time. And my expert advice is that you shouldn’t, even if you could. Rooms that evolve over time are more personal, authentic and meaningful. But that said, if you’re ready to start investing in quality furniture pieces that will stand the test of time and become possible future heirlooms, here’s where you should start.

THE SOFA

Sure, your sofa won’t last forever but a higher quality sofa will last you longer. A quality sofa has better and sturdier construction, so it will feel more comfortable and you won’t get the sagging, bowing or slipping that comes with lower-quality options. It’s a heavily used item, so that’s important. And a sofa takes up a lot of visual real estate in your living room, so investing in the best one you can afford will go a long way toward giving your room the look and feel of a sophisticated space.

Rustic country cottage living room with whicker and wood furniture and cream and navy accents.
Photo by: Bret Gum

CASE GOODS

Armoires, hutches, bookshelves and other storage pieces in this category are a great place to invest in quality furniture. Good-quality case goods can withstand heavy use and function better (latches latch better, knobs stay put, and doors open and close smoothly and fully). These kinds of items have staying power, and your tastes are less likely to change over time, so spend a little more here and you may have a new family heirloom to pass on to the next generation.

Regal cottage dining room filled with quality furniture like gray blue accents and pair of large detailed hutches in the background.
Photo by: Bret Gum

OCCASIONAL CHAIRS

These items can really add character to a room. Armchairs, club chairs, slipper chairs—even their names help set the tone of a space. And, since they tend to sport lots of great detailing and accents, this is furniture you can use to really express your personal style.

A pair of cream colored tufted armchairs with bolted arm details and a blue and cream throw pillow.
Courtesy of Sara Lynn Brennan

DRESSERS

Form really meets function when it comes to this piece of quality furniture. Well-built dressers made from quality materials can last so much longer than the budget versions and are usually larger in scale, so you can store more too.

White and bright bedroom with pillows and window coverings flanked by two wooden dressers topped with art and lamps.
Courtesy of Rosemary & Thyme

QUALITY FURNITURE: TO SPLURGE OR SAVE

Thinking beyond furniture? Here’s our vote for other categories of your shopping list.

MATTRESS SPLURGE

You spend a third of your lifetime sleeping, and since true restful sleep leads to better productivity, creativity and overall health, this is not a place you want to skimp.

White brick wall and exposed wooden beam ceiling in a bedroom with a wooden dresser and a blue shibori comforter at the foot of the bed.
Photo by: Bret Gum

LIGHTING SAVE

The myriad options on the market mean you can probably find your style at any price point. Plus, you can bide your time until you’re investment-ready, since functionality isn’t necessarily by price.

A pair of slate gray pendant lamps hanging from gold hardware.
Courtesy of: Ridelight Studios

APPLIANCES SPLURGE

Better designs and amenities really do come with higher price tags.

Modern farmhouse kitchen with a coastal vibe. White cabinets and stainless steel appliances with Parisian bistro woven barstools.
Courtesy of The Flippin Designer

RUGS SAVE

Purely from a wear-and-tear standpoint, you can save for now. Depending on your lifestyle, finding an affordable rug that can hold up against stains might be more important.

Bright white modern cottage living room with a natural colored couch and twin tufted gray chairs.
Photo by: Getty Images

ART SAVE & SPLURGE

This is one area where you should follow your heart. Investing in art is always a smart move, but don’t let a price tag dictate whether a piece is worthy or not. If it looks good and makes you happy, it should come home with you.

A dark console table against a large accent wall, covered with a large mirror, framed photographs and artwork.
Photo by: Bret Gum

Want more quality furniture ideas? Check out this post on adding Vintage Decor to the Mix.

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