If you cannot afford solid wood, purchase a dining room table pad or a tablecloth to help protect your table's finish. Do not let a salesperson convince you to buy a piece of furniture you are not comfortable with. As most sales people do, those who sell furniture want to make the most commission, so they will try to convince you to purchase the most expensive item. Chances are, some cheaper items are better for your needs.Inspect the legs on a piece of furniture before you buy it. Make sure they are heavy, well constructed and joined directly to the frame. Rubber, plastic or metal legs will scratch flooring and are not as durable as wooden legs. Be sure that the legs are firmly joined to the frame and not just nailed on. When purchasing upholstered furniture that has a pattern in the fabric, be sure the seams line the pattern up properly.Closely inspect it to make sure there are no inconsistencies in the fabric pattern. When buying an expensive sofa you will definitely want something where the pattern is in perfect alignment. Pick another sofa if the tailoring isn't looking good. Before you go and buy furniture, you should have a budget. When it comes to furniture, you have all kinds of options. You may spend more than you want to if you don't have a budget.Smaller stores are not usually able to afford these type of warranties. Avoid furniture with plastic or metal legs. These pieces of furniture are usually cheaper but they can actually damage your floors. If you leave a piece of plastic or metal furniture in the same spot for too long, it will probably leave a dark spot on your floor as well as a dent. When buying new furniture or used furniture, make sure all the drawers and cabinet doors work properly before purchasing.