This can damage the material and shorten the life of these items. You should avoid placing furniture near air conditioning units as well, because the extreme cold can have a damaging effect on the material. Consider your pet situation when shopping for furniture. A home without free-roaming pets that is going to stay that way is safer for a lot more furniture. If you do have uncaged pets or think you might in the future, be a lot more picky in what pieces of furniture you buy.It's smart to buy when you know how you feel about it. Consider the overall decor you are going for or already have in your home when looking for furniture. Generally speaking, there are five styles of furniture that you can buy. They are traditional, contemporary, coastal, transitional and coastal. Some are more appropriate for your region than others, but of course the inside of your home is up to you.Choose furniture with solid wooden legs. Make sure the legs are solidly connected to the piece of furniture and not simply glued. If you need a new sofa, try finding one with an additional leg in the middle for more support. Be conservative with your color choices. You may be totally into bright red right now, and a red couch is calling your name. But where will you be next year when that color is totally out of fashion.Make sure the drawers open without resistance, and that the latches catch and release easily. Also check that the drawers fit flush against the furniture when closed. You may have inherited furniture items that have sentimental value and have been passed down many generations. Since you will keeping and treasuring that item, find new furniture that compliments it. If you buy a new item that doesn't go with it, it will clash and look out of place.