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. If you only need to replace one piece of furniture, try finding something that will go well with the furniture and the decor you already own.While you may want to buy something over the Internet, it can be hard to determine from an online picture whether or not the piece meets your needs. You might discover that it's too firm or you don't like the way the material feels. It's smart to buy when you know how you feel about it. 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.These items are often difficult to match with other items or they may go out of style a few years down the road. Always consider your style and choose a style that can be added or or blended with other items easily. Figure out what you want from a sofa before you actually go to purchase one. If you would like a firm sofa, it would be wise to get one with traditional coiled springs. If you are looking for a softer sofa, be sure to get one that has zigzag coils.To make sure you are getting the best deal for your money, shop at a couple different stores to find the very best price on that special piece. Think about the color schemes of the room you want to put furniture in. For example, you may be in love with that cherry red leather couch, but is it really the best choice for your all pink living room. Consider the colors involved to make a really pleasant match.