The amount of money you will save, however, can be substantial, so it is well worth it to give these shops a try. When you buy furniture for the first time, avoid the urge to buy expensive pieces just because you think they are trendy or unique. You may later learn that kind of style isn't something that's still in style and it'll be hard to work with when you get new furniture later. When choosing a furniture style, think about the versatility of the furnishing and how well it will blend with your own style.Inspect the furniture to learn how it is built. Try to choose furniture that is constructed using wood joinery techniques. Avoid buying furniture that is held together with nails and glue. Pieces that are held together with wood joinery will hold up to more weight and for several years after the nail and glue pieces fall apart. When shopping at a thrift store, look at the bare bones of the furniture, not the upholstery.Look for colors that will still look good in a few years from now. Brightly colored furniture can seem like a good idea at the time of your purchase but you will quickly get sick of it. Look for simple colors that can easily blend in different styles and decors. Buying good furniture is easy as long as you know what to look for. Always look for manufacturers who pride themselves on producing a quality product.If you have small children, you should avoid purchasing furniture with sharp edges. Little ones tend to trip and fall often which can result in a trip to the emergency room if your furniture has sharp edges. Instead, when shopping for sofa tables and end tables look for furniture with routered curved edges. If the piece of furniture you are buying has doors or drawers, test them out. Drawers should slide smoothly and open completely.