A darker, sturdier fabric will hold up to the abuse, and hides many stains. When determining your budget for furniture, consider the expected lifespan of the piece. Light aluminum frames or particleboard pieces are likely far lower in price, but also lower in life expectancy. Heavy wood, solid furniture lasts a lot longer, albeit at a higher initial investment. How long you plan to be in a home can factor in too.Waiting will help. Look for colors that will still look good in a few years from now. Brightly colored furniture can seem like a good idea at the time of your purchase but you will quickly get sick of it. Look for simple colors that can easily blend in different styles and decors. 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. If you're getting furniture for your teen's room, let them help you. Give them a budget, set some boundaries, and let them choose a few pieces. You can help them mix and match, but a teen will appreciate the freedom of being able to outfit his room and environment the way he sees fit.If you make use of special, no-interest credit card offer to purchase furniture, make certain to pay the loan off before the no-interest offer expires. If you don't you will have to pay a big chunk of interest retroactively. Always read everything if you chose this option. 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.