Light color fabrics are ideal for bedrooms, foyers and even formal living rooms. On the other hand, any piece of furniture likely to be used frequently is better served with darker colors. When choosing a new couch, make sure the cushions are firm. Soft cushions will not last for very long. Replacing cushions can be expensive, especially if these cushions are no longer manufactured. It is best to choose a standard size of cushions so you can easily find some replacements in case they wear off.Make sure the cabinet doors close securely and open easily. Test all the drawers to ensure they pull out correctly and close properly. If there is anything that is not working, get it fixed before buying. Shop around when you're ready to buy new furniture. You can often find big price differences between stores on the exact same pieces. To make sure you are getting the best deal for your money, shop at a couple different stores to find the very best price on that special piece.If you measure twice or more, you only have to buy once. While it is likely you can return a piece of furniture that doesn't fit, that means moving more furniture than you want to. Know the measurements of both your overall room and where a piece will specifically go. Take a measuring tape to the showroom, just to make sure the listed dimensions are accurate. Consider the other items you already own when you are deciding on what piece of new furniture to select.Sit down on the couch, lay down on the couch and curl up on the couch for at least five minutes to make sure that it is comfortable to you. There is nothing worse than buying a new living room suite only to get it home and realize that you don't find it comfortable. Beware furniture that seems to inexpensive. It is always great to get a good deal, but not at the expect of quality of construction.