Decide what material you want before you start looking. If you only want oak tables, for instance, that will stop you from wasting time looking at other materials which you won't need. If you want a candle chandelier, know that before you start looking so you get what you want. If you walk into a store without a goal, you'll feel much more uncertain. Do not allow a salesperson to pressure you into buying a whole room set unless you want to.Do some measurements before you go shopping. If you pick a couch that is going to barely fit in your living room, you're going to have a problem. Make sure you have some measurements of your living spaces so that you can properly gauge whether a furniture piece can fit comfortably in your house. When you decide to purchase used furniture, do not let small scratches scare you away. Usually, these small flaws can easily be fixed from the comfort of your own home.Furniture that's multi-functional will serve you well. When shopping at a thrift store, look at the bare bones of the furniture, not the upholstery. You may be able to find a beautiful sofa for pennies on the dollar if you are willing to reupholster the piece or have it professionally reupholstered. The money saved on the piece will generally cover any upholstery job. Do not feel like you have to buy the whole grouping of furniture.You could hate how firm its cushions are or the material's feel. It's better to try it before you buy it so that you know you'll love it. The depth of an upholstered chair is important. Taller persons should look for chairs that offer a deeper seat that affords ample leg room while sitting. If you are tall, but have weak or bad knees, then look for less depth to afford easier standing up from the chair.