If you have small children, you should avoid purchasing furniture with sharp edges. Little ones tend to trip and fall often which can result in a trip to the emergency room if your furniture has sharp edges. Instead, when shopping for sofa tables and end tables look for furniture with routered curved edges. When you arrange your furniture, make sure that you do not place it too close to any heat sources.Furniture sales people often work off of commission. Their desire to make a sale, can sometimes leave you feeling pressured into buying something you don't really want. Be polite, but stand your ground and wait until you find that perfect piece. Before you buy a piece of furniture, always look inside the cabinets and drawers. You are checking for a few things. First, make sure the drawer extends out and closes properly.Consider the people and pets that live in your home when choosing color and fabric type. If you have dark hair pets, get darker furniture. If you have children that are messy, avoid light colored furniture. Either way, be sure to choose fabric that is stain resistant, such as tweed or linen. When cleaning upholstery, try sticking with dry cleaners. Wet cleaners can dampen the fabric to the point of stretching or breaking.If they move when jiggled, that's not a good sign. The furniture may have been poorly built. The same goes if you feel any tension when pulling a drawer out. It should slide out smoothly. Be conservative with your color choices. You may be totally into bright red right now, and a red couch is calling your name. But where will you be next year when that color is totally out of fashion. Furniture is costly to replace, so you're better off opting for more neutral colors.