Your home might be your castle, but there's no need to tear down the walls if you want to give it a new lease of life. Whilst spending hours of turmoil on DIY and countless funds on major renovations might seem like a good idea on paper, more often than not, something a little more subtle is often enough to bring a little life back to your homestead. The average home improvement also adds around 10% of value to a home according to Zopa, so improving your home should always be seen as a legitimate investment.

Instead of ripping out the foundations, why not instead consider a couple of new pieces of furniture to redress and refresh your interior. Of course, whilst your initial instinct might be to go for something cheap and cheerful that looks and feels ok; good enough never lasts.

By spending a little more on luxury furniture however, you could be investing in something that could last for decades and you won't need to change in a year or so when the seats start to sag and the cracks start to show. As we're looking to make a major improvement here, we'll be focusing on the two pieces of furniture that are arguably the most important in any home.

The Sofa

Whilst more doesn't always mean better, the old adage of “you get what you pay for” tends to ring true when it comes to furniture. This is no more true than when it comes to the sofa. Besides your bed, this is probably the piece of furniture you will be spending the most time on, so choose wisely. It's also a piece of furniture that will arguably be taking a lot of abuse, so investing in a strong and sturdy sofa is always recommended.

A good luxury sofa should be flexible enough to be used as a makeshift office, a relaxed reading spot and even the occasional bed (we've all had to spend a night on the sofa before). As a rule of thumb, the more you spend on a sofa, the more durable it will be and the longer it will last. This is only true, however, if you're smart and look past the frills and the big brand names and focus instead on the materials, the frame and the overall build quality. Whilst aesthetics are important, look for build quality first and foremost and materials that will withstand the stains of time.

The Bed

Without a good bed, a house is just not a home. Most of us will spend at least 30% of our lives in bed, so it's imperative that you invest in a mattress that will provide you with adequate support. The vast majority of modern mattresses use memory foam, which is shaped by the contours of your body over time, forming a sort of 'sleep profile' that essentially makes your bed feel like your bed. A decent mattress means a better sleep and a better sleep means a happier life in your home. It's also a very subjective piece of furniture. Mercifully, we live in an age where it's possible for even the most pickiest of sleepers to find the mattress that's right for them.

Of course, the mattress is not the only component to a good bed. The bed frame is also important, though we would always recommend spending more on the mattress than the frame. Ultimately, the frame is just there to support the mattress. Make sure it's sturdy, but don't push the boat out unless you really want to!

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