Best Value Products to Increase the Comfort of Your HomeJuly 13, 2016
When it comes to creating a cosy environment, well-chosen home products can be the details that make the entire difference.
We all want a home that we can come to from work or school and feel completely relaxed on the spot.
But it's not that easy...
A comfortable setting requires time, attention, creativity and, of course, a budget.
Reinventing your home can indeed cost an arm and a leg, but it all depends on planning the process cleverly.
If you know where to look, what to buy and how to make the most of your resources, you can find the home products you have always dreamed of without becoming flat broke at the end of the day.
Nevertheless, how do you know where to start? What are the right home products to invest in? Where can you get inspiration?
The list of questions is endless.
To ease things for you, we have put together an extensive guide with tips and tricks for making your home comfortable and lovely without breaking the bank.
Like any ambitious home improvement project, you need to start with a solid plan and work your way through all the opportunities you have at hand.
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and add a personal touch to any home products you may buy.
Most importantly, enjoy the process and your beautiful new home at the end!
Use the following menu below to navigate through this guide and click to the section that interests you the most.
How to make your home more comfortable
First things first, comfort springs from the personal preferences of the homeowner and their family.
As we all know too well, beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder.
What one individual might perceive as comfortable could be tacky for the other, and vice-versa.
Before you get started with improving your home, it is strongly recommended that you have a meeting and go over the basics with your family.
You can start getting creative from the very beginning, transforming the meeting into a fun brainstorming session.
Grab your flip charts, journals, coloured markers and go through questions like:
- What represents our family the most?
- What colours are we most comfortable with?
- Should we approach a particular theme when decorating?
- Do we want to go for "less is more" or odd plenty of personal details?
- Do we want to make every room have its own personality?
- How would our guests feel in this environment
- What resources are readily available for us?
After you outline the main ideas and get the big picture for your home reinvention project, you have to go through logistics.
This will probably involve fewer family members, most likely the adults who manage expenses.
When you get to logistics, there is another series of questions that you need to go through.
A few of them could be:
- What is our outstanding budget for the whole project?
- Do any family members have specific needs that have to be met? (i.e. senior citizens with disabilities, children that require paediatrics, etc.)
- What time frame are we working with for remodelling
- How many requirements do we have, as opposed to just preferences?
- Do we want to go for practical or playful? Perhaps a combination of both?
- What can we do to cut down costs? What are our most affordable solutions?
The last question, in particular, is extremely important when planning to redesign the interior of a home to make it more comfortable.
Even if you have a generous budget at hand, the costs add up faster than you could imagine.
When searching for your home products, look for reliable and accessible sources that can help you save time and money.
Affordable, creative solutions for a well-organised house
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: you don’t need to be a millionaire to have the house of your dreams.
Regardless if you have a studio flat or a 6-bedroom house, you can work with the resources you have to optimise what you already own.
Sure, you can start from scratch and redesign all your furniture and decorations, but why would you waste time when you can build on your existing arrangement?
What you can do is add new home products to make your sanctuary even more brilliant.
The trick to creating a comfortable home is to add value without creating clutter.
For this, you should strongly consider solutions for organising your belongings.
No matter if you choose home products with multiple functions or a few key pieces to help you keep everything in place, you should definitely take organisation into consideration.
Here are some examples of solutions to get you started!
Why would you invest in numerous pieces of furniture when you can get one that can be applied to various situations?
For instance, you can get a multi-function tray that can be used in countless scenarios, such as:
- Breakfast in bed
- Working on your laptop
- Writing letters
- Reading comfortably
Creative storage is essential for organising your belongings.
You can never have too many boxes to prevent miscellaneous items from getting lost around the house.
In this case, instead of buying home products, you can have fun with do-it-yourself projects.
All you have to do is take some old boxes and wrap them in your favourite fabric to give them a colourful twist.
You can add removable labels to the front and use them for different purposes, like:
- Shoe boxes
- Arts and crafts supplies
- Papers and documents
Making the Most of the Space
In order to create a sense of comfort in your home, you should try doing your best to keep everything spacious.
Instead of investing in expensive furniture that takes up all the open space in your house, try to see how you can optimise the furniture you already have.
For example, you can use the space under your bed to store large items, as opposed to buying a new piece of furniture specifically for this purpose.
Use all the cupboards you already have and neatly organise items so they fit in well.
Tips & Tricks for Lazy People
Now, we never encourage laziness, but we know that some tips can be real life hacks for those who have too much stress on their minds.
You can also consider a shower seat that’s mounted on the wall so you can prevent any slipping and sliding.
For some individuals, even the most seemingly easiest tasks can be painstaking.
Those with limited mobility in their hands can opt for tap or knob turners that also brighten the room.
Moving to the living room, you can apply some neat hacks to make leisure activities easier.
For example, a booklift copyholder can keep your book raised when reading, while a standing page magnifier is reliable for any pair of sore eyes.
You can also come up with your own ideas to make tasks around the house easier and more comfortable for everyone involved.
Just see what your family has to say and what you can create together.
Simple tricks for upgrading your house
As we mentioned before, you never have to start from the bottom when redesigning homes.
It’s best for everyone involved if you work with what you already have and see what solutions you can find for upgrading.
Some solutions won’t even cost a pound, while others might require a small investment.
In any case, you can adapt to situations and see what is best for your home.
There are also quite a few affordable home products available that you don’t even have to save up for.
Before seeing what improvements you can make, you should take some time to analyse your current situation.
Have you thought of any solutions yet?
Some of them might be easily identified, while others need more thought and attention to fix.
You should also keep in mind that some home products might require complete replacement, in case they are irreparably broken or outdated.
When building your checklist for upgrading your home, ask yourself questions like:
- What household items do we have that no longer serve us?
- What needs to be upgraded from its current state?
- How can we find a cost-effective solution for this?
Don’t be afraid to invest some time in planning – it can make a huge difference for your budget at the end of the day.
Kitchen and Dining Products
You have a myriad of inexpensive home products available for your kitchen and dining room.
First of all, you can slice your food with ease with the help of a practical tool, making it safe and simple for anybody.
Don’t put too much strain on your wrists and consider a set of special knives to simplify slicing. Moreover, you can get some nifty angled kitchen utensils for carving your way to delicious home-cooked meals.
Some really cute additions to your kitchens can be kettle tippers. You can serve tea to the entire family without spilling a single drop along the way.
If you really want to step up your kitchen game, you can get a whole workstation to have fun with the process.
You can chop, grate and even keep pieces of toast in place while applying spreads.
The workstation is carefully suctioned in place, so you don’t have to worry about it slipping while you are working with sharp objects.
You can also consider a food preparation system to keep veggies in place when slicing them.
Last but not least, don’t hesitate to explore your cookware options for a memorable experience while preparing your favourite meals.
Bathroom & Shower Upgrades
Now that you have the kitchen settled, you can move on to another essential room in the house: the bathroom.
Bathing seats for some are a necessity, so you should look into the solutions you have from that point of view.
But be careful...
You can never be too safe, so consider adding some bath steps, either with or without handrails.
After that, you can look into other shower stools and chairs that don’t need to be mounted on walls.
This way, you can take them out when they are not in use and put them back in when taking a shower.
You can mount a series of support rails in your shower to increase safety even more.
If you really want to spice up a bathroom with a lot of space, you can invest in an inflatable bath that will be more than a pleasure to bathe in.
If some members of your family have special needs that must be tended to, you can also take a closer look at a nursing and shower bench.
Bedroom Hacks for Great Sleep
You will be surprised to find out how much of a difference bedroom accessories can make for your nightly sleep and the time you spend there.
You can start with some simple – yet effective – pillows that will offer plenty of comfort while you sleep or relax.
Bedroom pillows aren’t the only items that fall into this category – you can even get a big wedge to place against your wall so you can comfortably read in any room of the house.
An adjustable backrest might also be among useful home products for you.
You can also work on the rest of your bedroom, not just the bed.
Countless studies show that the environment you create in your room is critical for your general mood and state of mind.
The more comfortable your bedroom is, the most likely you will be to feel wonderful throughout the entire day.
How About the Garden?
You should never neglect your garden if you want to create the perfect setting for your home.
If you want a blooming garden but don’t have the time to tend to it, you can always get some self-watering garden beds.
You don’t have to worry about your flowers dying, as they will always be watered on time.
If you’re more of a hands-on individual but need a bit of extra help, you can get an amazing pick up reacher to get to those hard-to-reach places behind your first row of plants.
If you are really passionate about gardening, a garden kneeler can work wonders for keeping all of your tools in place and sitting comfortably.
Speaking of comfort, have you considered transforming your garden into a spectacular outdoor leisure space?
You can get some comfortable chairs and other pieces of garden furniture. Make sure you get the lighting right by placing lamps in strategic places. You can even have some more fun by adding garden gnomes and other creative lawn accessories.
Smart Ways to Save Maintenance Time
Whether you have a small home or a huge one, maintenance can be a big problem if you don’t know how to organise your tasks properly.
For example, if you don’t have a specific routine, you can end up wasting whole hours on cleaning and maintaining your house.
As a result, the smartest way to save maintenance time is by creating a schedule and sticking to it.
To make this part of your new, improved and comfortable home, you can even set up a white board in a common room (like the kitchen) and delegate tasks to your family members.
Use a different coloured marker for everyone in the family and see how fast chores go then.
You can even set up a rewards system and offer your children a treat every time they complete chores.
In addition to organisation, you can also use some useful home products to cut costs and time.
Keep It Safe, Keep It Clean
As we described in the other sections of this guide, you can never, ever be too safe.
Don’t hesitate to look into rails, ramps or steps, especially if you have elderly family members living with you.
As far as cleanliness is concerned, you can look into various waterproof items that can help you out.
As far as hacks are concerned, here are some of our favourite general tips that you can apply:
- A combination of baking soda and vinegar works amazingly for cleaning ovens.
- Lemons can be used to remove water stains from faucets
- If you have any coffee stains, don't hesitate to use baking soda.
- To clean shower heads, take plastic bags, fill them with vinegar and tie them around the shower head.
- You can clean any hairbrush simply by washing it with shampoo.
Make It Fun!
Last but definitely not least, you should not only have fun while redesigning your house, but you should also add some new fun items to it!
Even if your health doesn't require these kinds of items, they are more than a pleasure to sit back and relax in.
To make the process even more exciting, talk to your children about various do-it-yourself projects that they would like to do together.
This is a great technique for helping them develop their creative skills while making something memorable that they will be able to keep.
All in all, home products can really change your day-to-day life when properly thought out and applied.
If you truly want to create a new environment in your home, all it takes is a little bit of imagination, courage and work and the results will be beneficial for the whole family.
You should really consider getting out of your comfort zone and searching for home products that will make a meaningful difference for your family.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with colours and styles; we’re sure you will have plenty of fun from beginning to end.
As a final note, always take a bit of time to analyse the home products you have at hand.
You can always find affordable solutions that will make everyone in your family glow every time they interact with them.
In other words, never consider the budget to be a problem that’s stopping you from your home improvement project.
Lastly, and most importantly, don’t forget to have fun!