Prioritise Quality in Your Home!
There’s no better feeling than snagging a bargain. But with bargain items, the cut in price is usually made up somewhere else... Often, it’s a reduction in quality. Yes, you can turn a blind eye when it comes to some objects, but where your home is concerned, investing in higher quality household items can make a world of difference.
We’ve been spending a lot more time at home recently — with the world going in and out of lockdown. So, creating a safe and comfortable environment in our home has been at the top of our agendas. Safe and comfortable starts with surrounding ourselves with quality items. So, here are some things that we believe you should not skimp on where quality is concerned.
Insulation is the name of the game. Higher quality windows will provide better insulation — more reliably keeping the cold out and the warmth in (when the sun does shine). With insulated glass windows, expect a lower heating bill. If the house retains heat more efficiently, you will not have to use up as much energy heating it up. It’s a win for both you and the environment — which has never been more important than it is now.
Another reason you might want to consider higher-quality windows is the added benefit of better sound insulation — blocking out the noise of traffic or pub chucking-out time. Higher quality windows are generally more secure, and more of a hassle to get through for any opportunist burglar who may stumble upon your lovely house — even if they are not shatter-proof, they may give you enough time to alert the police, at the very least…
The last thing you want to do is change your flooring every few years. You want to make sure it lasts you for the next twenty years. With wood flooring lasting for a hundred years and vinyl for at least fifty (with proper upkeep), purchasing high-quality flooring material could mean a sturdy investment that will literally last you a lifetime.
When choosing a flooring material, consider its look, its purpose, the members of your family — pets included— and what it may cost. Hardwood remains a top choice for its durability, high return on investment, and visual appeal — which really is what the ‘quality' of good flooring really boils down to.
In the Bedroom
Moving to the bedroom... Did you know that the average Brit gets six hours and nineteen minutes of sleep a night? The immediate results of a bad night’s sleep include moodiness, whereas long-term consequences are an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and memory issues — to name but a few...
Investing in a high-quality mattress also benefits posture, reducing the neck and backaches that come with sleeping restlessly and not giving your body enough time to recuperate after a strenuous day.
Pay attention to the bedding. Higher quality sheets are the most likely to be hypoallergenic, reducing the chance for asthma triggers and microfibre inhalation. Higher quality pillowcases also reduce the occurrence of acne.
Buying decent furniture, that will last, is important, but as we spend a lot of our time on our sofas; it is the sofa — settee, couch, chaise longue ... whatever you wish to call this well-loved piece of furniture — that is the focus here. Without tearing a sofa apart to see its inner construction, a quick way to evaluate the quality is by peeking at the frame. Considering the sofa is often the centrepieces of most living rooms; a high-quality frame — constructed with industrial glue and nails, versus plywood stapled together — is a must, and will last you a good fifteen years if well maintained.
And, when considering comfort, keep an eye on the upholstery material and the filling. Some upholstery works better in certain climates as opposed to others, but investing in a high-quality material prevents early aging and fading. As for the filling, aim for a higher density foam, since a lower density foam is likely to break down sooner.
In the Kitchen
Fridges, ovens, washing machines... these big bulky appliances do the heavy-lifting in most households. Installing them is fairly specific, and, since they can only be slotted into certain spots in the house — usually the kitchen — investing in higher quality machines ensures smoother running, stronger performance, and easier maintenance. It also adds to your convenience, with some ‘smart’ machines adding to your quality of life. Furthermore, you can help the environment by investing in an eco-friendly appliance that consumes less power but works more efficiently, also saving you on electricity bills.
Investing in quality and durability for your worktops and kitchen cabinets is a no-brainer. There are so many places doing reclaimed wood and salvaged items these days, that it is not hard to find something that is not only sustainably sourced, but that is tough and well-crafted enough to stand the test of time... Not everything in your cabinets needs to be top-notch though. Plates and glasses break all the time, so we wouldn’t recommend splurging on your regular household crockery and glassware. However, it may be worth shelling out for at least one nice, durable matching tableware set for when guests come around.
If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, a high-quality cookware set will make cooking inherently easier, more enjoyable, and will also last you a good, long time. Investing in high-quality cutlery can also reduce your prep time, and when taken care of well, will serve you anywhere from 2-5 years.
Good paint lasts longer and covers better. Higher quality paint will have a higher concentration of solids (pigment and resin) than the solvent content. This means that when you let a patch of high- and low-quality paint dry, you can expect a more vibrant, ‘saturated’ finish from the paint you splurged on.
Higher quality paints are also chipless and release fewer VOCs (volatile organic compounds) into the air as they dry. Since VOCs continue to be released for at least a few years post-painting, steer clear of lower quality paint. You’ll thank yourself when not confronted by the familiar ‘paint-smell’ headaches and dizziness.
We’d give our children the world. So, it makes sense to start with giving them safe nurseries to sleep and play in. High-quality nursery furniture is sturdy, stable, and safe. Materials like solid wood are both sturdy enough to support the baby and safe as they do not release any toxins into the air that your little one is breathing in. Plus, your investment will pay off when the furniture gets passed down from generation to generation!
Invest in Quality
The adage “You get what you pay for” is certainly applicable when it comes to your home. A little strategic investment now will carry you a long way into the future.
We hope this list helps you consider the importance of higher quality household items now that we’ve shared some of their benefits with you! Do you have anything else you believe quality should not be compromised on, or have any further questions? We’d love to hear from you, so let us know.