The types of springs inside sofas can affect how they feel, so plan accordingly when buying a new couch. Coiled springs will create a firm effect. Springs in a zigzag shape will create a softer effect. You should also test the springs by pushing directly on to the base with the cushions removed. The springs should compress and bounce back easily. Look in every nook and cranny of the piece you want to buy.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.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.