When choosing a new couch, make sure the cushions are firm. Soft cushions will not last for very long. Replacing cushions can be expensive, especially if these cushions are no longer manufactured. It is best to choose a standard size of cushions so you can easily find some replacements in case they wear off. Consider used furniture. A good, solid piece of furniture can be passed down for generations and still look great.There is a wide range of prices and quality available. Without a budget, it is easy to spend way beyond your means. Set a budget and stick to it. If you are moving into an apartment as a young single person, do not purchase heavy and expensive furniture. It is likely you will eventually marry and possibly purchase a home. A few quality pieces in a classic style is probably best since that makes moving easier, and your style preferences may change.Turn any used furniture over to see what the bottom looks like. A piece can look amazing right side up, but when you turn it over it can have all sorts of issues, including rot, mold, and even infestations. That's not furniture that you want to bring home with you, so take this simple additional step. If you are considering buying a used piece of upholstered furniture, conduct a sniff test first.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.