Decorating a house can be a costly task. Between new trends and buying quality furniture items, it can be tricky to know when to splurge and when to save.

After all, you want your bedroom to be a cozy retreat – a place to look forward to relaxing in at the end of the day.

Fear not! It is possible to create the bedroom of your dreams without breaking the bank. Read on for our recommendations on where to save when updating your master, and where to splash some cash.

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Not only does their furniture look beautiful, but it’s made to last and will bring the perfect stylish touch to both traditional and modern spaces.


When to splurge

A good rule of thumb to follow is that any items that will directly affect the quality of your sleep should be considered splurge items.

After all, our sleep quality impacts our overall health and ability to make it through each day.

A Good-quality Mattress

A great starting place for your bedroom is the mattress. I’m sure you’ve heard all the benefits of a good mattress, including better sleeping habits and helping with aches and pains throughout the night.

It really is an important item to invest in.

When buying a new mattress it’s essential to pick one that is going to suit your needs. Do you prefer firm support? Or do you want something as soft as a cloud that you can sink into at the end of the day?

Pick one that best suits your size and the position you tend to sleep in.


With your mattress taken care of, it’s time to turn your attention to your neck, shoulders and head.

Good-quality pillows help support a healthy posture, alleviate neck pain and relieve pressure throughout your body.

Your perfect pillow will depend on your sleeping habits. If you’re a back sleeper, look for a pillow that’s medium height. Tummy sleepers, on the other hand, will benefit more from a low-profile pillow.

One thing to bear in mind when splurging on good pillows is that they should be replaced every couple of years for hygiene reasons.

To save a bit of cash, try and time this with sales so you can still get a good-quality pillow without breaking the bank every few years!

Bed Frame

The bed frame is the main support for both you and your bed, so it makes sense to invest in a good one that you’ll have for years to come.

There’s nothing worse than sleeping on one that groans whenever someone moves, so be on the lookout for a solid, durable bed frame,

When choosing, consider the size of your master bedroom.

Make sure there will be plenty of room to move on either side – about 2 or 3 feet – so the space doesn’t feel cramped, and make sure you have enough space for bedside tables on either side.

Keep in mind that this is something you’ll have for years to come, so it’s definitely worth splurging on quality!


Bedding will add to the overall look and feel of your master bedroom but is also another element that directly affects the quality of your sleep.

Quality bedding, like linen and cotton, are worth the extra spend due to the comfortable, breathable nature of both fabrics.

Your bedding will be in direct contact with your skin, so you definitely don’t want something that feels cheap and scratchy.

It’s also smart to invest in both a light blanket for summer and a heavier down doona for the winter months.  

Curtains and Blinds

Blackout curtains or blinds don’t always come cheap, but they do help make sure your master is the perfect environment for a restful sleep.

Custom curtains that fit to your space also elevate the bedroom and help to achieve a polished look. It’s not something that you should need to update often, so it’s a sensible element to spend a little more on.

When to Save

Once you’ve invested in the more expensive, big-ticket bedroom pieces, there are plenty of items you can save on when updating your master.

The increase in online shopping options has made it even easier to snap up bedroom furniture and accessories for a good deal.

Bedside Tables

As long as they’re in good condition, there’s no need to break the bank on an expensive pair of bedside tables.

There are plenty of affordable options to choose from, just make sure the tables are sturdy and the drawers are on supportive tracks.

Accent Lighting

There are so many styles of bedside table and standing lamps to choose from, you’ll definitely be able to find something to suit your space.

The second-hand market is a good place to start, but you’ll be able to snap up a bargain at most furniture stores, and even online.

Decorative Pillows and Throws

Pillows and throws complete the look of a room, adding texture and pops of colour.

There is a huge variety to choose from, and because they are affordable, they can be easily updated when you want to achieve a new style.

Knowing what items to spend the extra money on when redoing your bedroom is key to creating a space that is cosy and relaxing without breaking the bank.

Keep your individual needs in mind. If you have a mattress that you absolutely love, then focus those funds elsewhere! It’s all about what works for you.

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