Buying furniture for your home can be loads of fun or a nightmare. It all depends on how much you understand about the process, including what to look for and the possible pitfalls to avoid. This article will clue you in on what you need to know to make wise furniture buying choices. Furniture is not always cheap. That is one reason that used furniture might be a better solution. High quality used furniture is available at garage sales, in the classifieds or from second-hand shops. You can always reupholster pieces if need be. This option can save a considerable amount of money. If the piece of furniture you are buying has doors or drawers, test them out. Drawers should slide smoothly and open completely. When you close them, they should line up evenly. For cabinet doors, once you open them, they should stay open. You should also make sure that they close and latch securely. Choose your fabric and colors based on your lifestyle. If you have children or pets, it is best to steer clear of delicate fabrics and light colors. These will be worn through and stained in no time. A darker, sturdier fabric will hold up to the abuse, and hides many stains. Never go cheap on your bed. You may think your sofa is the piece of furniture that gets the most time, but for most people its the bed. Pay the extra price to get one thats totally comfortable for you. Its well worth it, and it can really affect how you feel on a daily basis. 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. This produces a high quality joint that will be sturdier and will take more weight. Nails and glue construction will not deliver a solid quality product. When purchasing a piece of furniture, ask about the stores return policy. Many stores offer an in home trial of furniture items; however, mattresses are generally not covered under the in home trial. There may also be surcharge if the item is returned. By finding out in advance, you can save yourself such charges. Do not allow a salesperson to pressure you into buying a whole room set unless you want to. While the cost of the whole room deal may be less than purchasing the pieces separately, it is not a deal if you do not need it. Take you time and mare careful selections rather than being rushed. Learn how to properly clean up a spill on your microfiber furniture. To start with, blot the spill with absorbent paper towels. Wash the area using a mild soap solution. Make sure to rinse it off and pat it dry. Finally, use a dry brush to brush the area in the same direction as the nap. If you are purchasing a used piece of furniture, see if you can negotiate with the seller. Many times the seller needs to sell their furniture to have their new furniture delivered. By offering a fair price, you may be able to save money over purchasing a new set of furniture. Measure your space before shopping for furniture. An "eyeballed" measurement wont cut it here. You need to be exact as even a few inches can be a big deal for how your home design will work out. Youll be a much more confident shopper when you know the exact dimensions that you need. Its a good idea to talk to friends and family about places to buy furniture from and places to avoid. Their experiences can help steer to you away from dealing with a store that will ignore you after it the original source has made the sale. Customer service after the sale can be vital so be sure you are comfortable with the store that you buy from. 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 youve had time to read a bit more about furniture and how to get it in a smart way, youre ready to go shopping. Go into the furniture buying process with a clear mind. Use all the information here to help you pick the best pieces at the best price.