Most of these stores do charge a membership fee; however, the money you will save will pay for the fee over and over again. These stores carry quality furniture at a fraction of the price of a furniture store. Consider both form and function when you are selecting a new piece of furniture. It is all well and good to buy a new item that looks stunning in your room. However, if it is so impractical that it is not really usable for you and your family, you have really wasted your money.Before going to buy new furniture from a major retailer, look around for better prices elsewhere. Thrift stores are great places to find good bargains. You should also considering looking on Craigslist and eBay to see what type of items they have available. You may be able to buy more since the prices on the items will be lower. Now that you understand the basics of furniture shopping, visit a few reputable furniture stores to purchase pieces that will last a lifetime.Check out yard and garage sales. Also peruse Craiglist or local Freecycle options. Any community of some size has a secondary market of furniture not on showroom floors. Even consider going to storage locker auctions. If you see a piece you like, talk to the winning bidder for that locker. When buying furniture, consider your needs for the future as well. If your family is expanding or you have active children, it is better to get something that can take some abuse and is easy to clean.Depending on what kinds of pets you have, consider leather furniture. Often, fur, pet hair and dander just all goes down to the floor. There, you can easily sweep or vacuum it up. Furniture cleaning is then a breeze, as you often just have to gently wipe down your furniture. Know what the return policy and warranty are for any piece of furniture you are looking into buying. Even if you're totally in love with the piece, you must know what options you have if there are issues.