This bit of maintenance helps keeps your furniture looking like new and also helps to get rid of allergens like dust and pet dander. Letting dust and other allergens collect, especially on finished furniture, can damage it over time, so you need to maintain it on a regular basis. Consider used furniture. A good, solid piece of furniture can be passed down for generations and still look great. Check thrift shops, moving sales, and estate sales.Do you have pets. If so, carefully consider what color or fabric you would like your furniture to be. Lighter colors will show a lot of dirt, so you probably want to err on the side of caution and get something a little darker. In addition, you want to look for fabrics that are stain resistant as well. Use fabric protector on upholstered furniture. There are many brands of fabric protectors available.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.