Good design may be timeless, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a right (and wrong) time to invest in certain pieces for your home. Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, or 40s, you’ll want to be purchasing items that make sense for your stage in life – and maximize your budget.
Knowing what – and when – to purchase for your home can make a big difference, and save you money in the long run. Whether it’s a mattress, coffee table, or light fixture, it’s all about determining what pieces have staying power (and which you should hold off on until putting down roots). And we’re telling you exactly what they are!
Keep scrolling to see the best items to invest in whatever your age, and how to plan your big purchases for three major decades of your life.
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IN YOUR 20s
Your 20s are all about big life changes, whether that means graduating from college, starting a new job, moving to a new city, or moving in with a significant other. Amidst these changes, it’s wise to purchase pieces that are multi-functional and versatile enough to work in different spaces, as you may find yourself moving often. You’re probably still figuring out your design style too, so when purchasing larger items, stick to neutral colors and more classic shapes. (You can always accessorize and bring in personality with trendier pieces like pillows, art, and accessories.)
Here are the key pieces you should purchase in your 20s:
- A Quality Mattress
A good mattress is a must for ensuring a quality night’s sleep – and an investment in your personal well-being. Get a high-quality mattress now and you’ll be set for the next 10 years.
- Furniture That’s Multi-Functional
Invest in pieces that will work in multiple ways (and multiple spaces) like dining tables with drop leaves, modular shelving, and plug-in wall sconces that can be placed anywhere.
- Bedding & Bath Basics
Once you have that mattress, it’s time to outfit your bed. 2 sets of simple and soft sheets (in linen or 100 percent cotton) make a big difference, along with a duvet cover. And in the bathroom, opt for a couple pairs of plush bath towels that will stay soft for years to come.
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IN YOUR 30s
Life in your 30s tends to be a bit more stable. You may be settled into a longer-term apartment or house, have children, and be ready to make bigger purchases for your space And since you probably have a better idea of your design style (and what you like and don’t like), you can start investing in items that are more specific to your taste. Now is the time to focus on larger furniture pieces that will last, and making your home a more personal reflection of you.
Here are the pieces you should purchase in your 30s:
- A Sturdy and Stylish Sofa
It’s time to take the plunge and purchase a sofa that will be the centerpiece of your living room or den. Stick to a neutral fabric and a classic design to ensure your sofa will work in any space you’re in.
- Timeless Outdoor Furniture
If you have an outdoor space, now’s the time to outfit it with dining and lounge furniture that will take you from season to season in style.
- A Better Bed
Invest in a bed or headboard that you love, and you’ll sleep easy knowing you’ve made a purchase that will last you a lifetime. And even if you change your mind, you can always re-upholster or re-finish down the road. You can also invest in new beds that your kids can grow into as they get older.
IN YOUR 40s
By the time you’re in your 40s, you’ve probably settled down into a stable routine, and don’t have to worry so much about making a move or big changes. Now is the time to invest in pieces that are personal and are a true reflection of your style. You can also opt for more customized options that are made specifically for your space, and upgrade your existing appliances.
Here are the pieces you should purchase in your 40s:
- Original Art & Framing
Purchase original works of art, or upgrade your existing pieces by having them custom framed. You can choose the exact style and materials to make the piece truly shine, and be a unique addition to your space. You can also frame special momentos or things you’ve collected over time to add a personal touch.
- Customize & Update
Whether it’s a one of a kind coffee table, built-in storage, or a new light fixture, customize your space if you’re planning to stay put for the long term. Or simply update existing items with pieces that you love.
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