Finally getting the keys to your apartment and moving in can be both a very exciting and daunting experience. It’s great to be able to be on your own, but furnishing and decorating your new apartment can be quite costly. Even still, some things are worth spending the extra money to ensure that they will be long-lasting.

If you’re looking for a way to show off your style on a budget, check out this list of apartment essentials we’ve deemed worthy of splurging (or saving) on!

Mattress — SPLURGE!

Whether or not you’re the kind of person that can “fall asleep anywhere,” you’ll be thankful to have a comfortable bed that’s easy for you to fall asleep in. Splurging on a mattress will mean that you’re getting a top quality one that will last for years to come and the likely luxury of a warranty or repair services in case something goes wrong.

Skip the sale-priced used mattress and the headache that comes with trying to clean it before use. It might cost you a little more upfront, but it’ll be a purchase that lasts you much longer.

Bedding — SAVE!

With the copious amounts of cute bedding styles available at a discount, there’s no reason to splurge on bedding. Choosing to save on these items gives you a little more wiggle room to budget for a quality mattress without skimping on the style.

Cozy comforters and quilts can be found at a reasonable price almost anywhere, making it a budget-friendly and stress-free item to save on.

Furniture — SPLURGE!

Big furniture pieces like couches, dressers, and sofas are some of the most used items in your home. Because of this, it’s worth the splurge to make sure you’re getting quality pieces that are made to last. Quality craftsmanship might come with a hefty price tag, but the longer lifetime is worth it in the end.

It can be very tempting to scoop up a sale-priced garage sale couch, but choosing to save on big furniture can be costly in the long-run. If you don’t want to keep repurchasing worn-down furniture, work with your favorite furniture store to find pieces that are long-lasting, but easier on your wallet.

Accent items — SAVE!

Trends are constantly changing, and so is your personal style. Even if you think you’ll love a certain throw pillow for years to come, it’s good to err on the side of caution when it comes to decorative pieces.

Accent pieces are also effortless to save on. Most stores that carry cheaper homeware items will be up to date on and stocked with tons of items in the latest trends and styles. Choosing to save on these items helps stretch your decorating budget a little further…making splurge items seem a little less out of reach.

Office furniture — SPLURGE!

If you do any work at home, you’ll want to splurge on your office furniture. Having a desk and chair that allow you to sit comfortably makes a world of a difference when you’re sitting there for several hours.

It’s possible that you can find your office furniture at a discount–but don’t rely on it. Splurge items are splurges for a reason…their cheaper counterparts aren’t always as reliable or quality-made.

Your brand new apartment won’t feel so empty for long if you follow these tips! Setting a comfortable budget for each item can also help you balance furnishing your apartment with all your other expenses.

Don’t let furnishing your apartment be a daunting task. Be smart about the items you spend your money on, and it’ll all come together!