Weighing the Options: Deciding Which Furniture to Buy

I calmly make budgets for my job all the time. but when it comes to my own home buying decisions tend to be a lot more emotional than rational. Deciding on a furniture purchase may be a snap for some, but weighing the practical, moral, aesthetic, and economic aspects of each option can also be a huge challenge.

I rarely regret investing a little more in a well-made piece of furniture instead of buying a lower cost knock-off that might fall apart after a few years — but sometimes a less expensive option is the best one.

The Marcel Breuer designed Chaise Lounge (1), at $2,722, might become a family heirloom. At less than 10 times the cost, the IKEA POÄNG lounger (2) is not as unique but it's an attractively priced, well-designed option.

Then there's the BluDot Toro Lounge Chair (4), which certainly isn't cheap at $1,099, but the elegant and classic design is certainly worth giving up a few dinners out for. I also love the simplicity of the leather Butterfly Chair that is available from Urban Outfitters for $199 (5) even though it's personally not my favorite place to shop. Or there's the handmade version with higher quality leather from Circa 50 (3) for a couple hundred dollars more.

Ultimately, I'll make a decision based on the piece I love the most that I think will fit best in the space — a 1950s ranch filled with mid-century as well as modern pieces. If I go for one of the higher priced options it might mean a few extra months of saving up, but that just might be worth it in the end.

What factors do you weigh when buying a new piece of furniture?

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