Bring a tape measure when you shop for furniture and know in advance the spacial limitations you are working with. If you're ever in a pinch, phone home and have someone there give you the specs. 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.When shopping at a thrift store, look at the bare bones of the furniture, not the upholstery. You may be able to find a beautiful sofa for pennies on the dollar if you are willing to reupholster the piece or have it professionally reupholstered. The money saved on the piece will generally cover any upholstery job. You should know the different types of wood used in furniture. You won't want to pay high prices for fake wood.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. It is of course your choice what goes in your home, but you aren't going to have too much room if you never get rid of anything. 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. Before shopping for furniture, think of how you will transport the piece of furniture. Many furniture stores only offer limited delivery and may charge for delivery. By borrowing a friend's truck, you can pick out your furniture and save a lot of money by transporting it yourself rather than paying delivery charges.