Don't allow yourself to fall in love with a piece of furniture until you've read the special care instructions. A lot of lovely creations have crazy upkeep that can make having them a complete chore. Make sure washing, stain removal, polishing and preservation are all reasonably accomplished for the lifestyle you lead. If you are shopping for a new piece of furniture in order to replace an older one, keep the old one in mind.What did you like about your old piece. What didn't you like that needs improved upon. Don't just buy the most visually appealing potential replacement you see. If it isn't comfortable for you personally, you aren't going to be happy. If you are shopping for wooden furniture, particularly antiques, don't just look at the outside surfaces. Inspect both the inside and underside of the furniture, including the drawers.Are you interested in buying a leather couch. Make sure you purchase furniture that is actually made out of leather. If the salesperson described it as a leather-like or a leather match piece, then the sofa or the chair is not made from actual leather and might not last very long. Unless you are going for an eclectic look, style your furniture the same. You may not buy all your living room furniture at the same time, or you may need to replace a piece.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 won't need to be replaced as often. Try to buy sets. This works really well, so that your furniture pieces match each other. More than that, sets can sometimes be more affordable than if you purchased the pieces individually.