Search for yard sale groups in your area and begin looking for the perfect piece of furniture. Check the corners of any wood furniture for how the wood is attached together. A quality piece of furniture should be what's called "wood joined" where the two pieces are literally jointed for a solid attachment. If instead you're met with nails or glue, look for a better option. The furniture may not last long when joined in that way.Take a look at a thrift store. It may have been a while since you've been in one, or maybe you never have. However, you should check these places out because they sometimes contain excellent furniture pieces. Oftentimes, there are many small pieces, but at times, you can find sofas that are exactly what you are looking for. Believe it or not, it is much cheaper to purchase furniture at the end of the month.If you are going with a particular color theme in a room, take a sample of the color with you when you go furniture shopping. Bring a color swatch or piece of fabric. This way you can ensure that the colors match up exactly the way that you want them too. For long lasting leather furniture, you should avoid placing it in direct sunlight. The heat from the sun fades the piece of furniture and can cause the leather to crack as it ages.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. Get rid of a piece whenever you get a new piece of furniture. You run a real risk of cluttering your home when you get too many new pieces and subtract nothing.