The dizzying array of furniture available today is enough to make you frustrated. Shopping in a store with a salesman down your neck can be infuriating. Would you rather furniture shopping be exhilarating? Turn your frown upside down by reading the tips below, all provided by experts in the field. If you are in desperate need of furniture but cannot afford it, thing about renting it. Many rental companies, like Rent-A-Center or Aarons, allow you to rent sofas, beds, chairs, and other furniture without having to pay up front. Instead, you can pay weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. Once you are done paying it off, the furniture is yours. If you want to make a truly environmental statement, buy furniture made with recycled wood. This not only saves trees, but often the wood pieces are available in sizes and widths not possible from managed or young forests. This means you get unique furniture that is as good for your style as it is for the Earth. Wood is often recycled from old buildings and structures, remnants from historical logging periods, landfill scraps and even retired orchard trees. Look at Goodwill stores for used furniture. You may be surprised at the quality of furniture that youll find at Goodwill. They typically dont accept furniture with any sort of tears or stains, so the overall quality is pretty good. And the prices are much less than what youll see buying new. When buying furniture, always try to haggle with the salesperson. While haggling is not generally accepted in most retail industries, the furniture industry is an exception. There is usually a pretty steep markup associated with the furniture price and you can grab a great bargain if you try to haggle. Visit furniture consignment stores when you want gently used furniture at a great price. A lot of furniture in these places were used to stage model homes. After the models are sold, the furniture usually end up in consignment centers. If you look hard enough, you can sometimes find high-end furniture at a very affordable price. Check the legs of any furniture before you buy. Look for furniture that has sturdy wooden legs that are properly joined to the frame of the piece. Nailed on wood legs or plastic molded legs are not as stable, and can damage floors. If you are looking at sofas, try to find one with a fifth leg, located in the middle for added stability and support. Brand named furniture is not always the best way to go. Typically, furniture without a brand name is just as good as brand name furniture. The only difference is the price; brand names mean more money. No matter what kind of furniture you decide to purchase, quality should be your number one priority. If you measure twice or more, you only have to buy once. While it is likely you can return a piece of furniture that doesnt 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. Choose a cool way to improve the right fabric for the location and use of your furniture. If a piece of furniture is going to face heavy use and traffic, do not buy a costly or delicate fabric, as you will replace it sooner than you like. Save these pieces for less used rooms that are for guests or show. If you have leather furniture, you should use proper leather conditioner on them. These liquids help keep leather oiled so that it stays supple and soft. Leather conditioner can be found in home improvement stores and many leather furniture manufacturers sell their own kits to use on their furniture. If leather is not properly conditioned, it can crack and become susceptible to other types of damage. Buy quality furniture pieces. While you may spend more money on quality furnishings, they are generally made better and will last longer. Also, you will end up spending less money in the long run when you purchase quality pieces versus pieces that are not made as well since they wont need to be replaced as often. If you are looking for used furniture, you should look on Craigslist. There are many people selling or giving away used furniture right in your area. Many Craigslist ads have pictures of the furniture for sale, so you can get a good idea if it is something you want, prior to contacting the seller. Now that you have some tips to make sure you end up with terrific furniture, go out and get some. Use these tips and get exactly what you need. When you are an informed shopper you can be sure you will find everything that you are looking for!