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. When buying furniture, quality is important. Custom furniture makers will not use nails and glue to join wood corners and ends together. They will use a process known as wood joinery.Veneered wood will be less expensive, but will have lower quality wood under the veneer. Particle board and composites, which are made from wood pulp and binders, will be the least expensive but also the least durable. Consider the people and pets that live in your home when choosing color and fabric type. If you have dark hair pets, get darker furniture. If you have children that are messy, avoid light colored furniture.Before buying a mattress, make sure that it can be flipped. There are many mattresses these days that only have one side that is available for sleeping and the other side is hollow. When buying a couch, pick up the cushions and take a look at the frame. Is it solid wood. Are the springs solid and sturdy. While a couch might look good from the outside, remember that the inner workings are what will determine the life of the couch and how well it holds up to your family's demands.When buying a used sofa, examine it very closely before you make the purchase. Old upholstery can harbor a lot of bacteria from years of use. You can never be sure what had caused that stain on the seat cushion. If the sofa smells funny, it would not be a good investment, no matter how cheap it is. Now that you have read the tips here, you are better able to pick out furniture and get it to your house.