Furniture looks good on top, but not necessarily underneath. Old furniture may have rust or dry rot. Be aware of the types of wood your furniture is typically made from. Different types of wood have different qualities, so the same piece of furniture made from one type of wood may be a whole lot sturdier when made from a different type of wood. This can also lead to a bigger price as well. When you see something you like, wait to buy it for at least 24 hours.Test all the doors and drawers, look for scratches and make sure the piece is sturdy enough. It is usually best to choose solid wood furniture if you are buying second hand items. Be ready to haggle when purchasing your furniture. Markups are always high, so negotiation is possible. If you dislike haggling, then you should take someone along with you when you're shopping so they can do it. Consider used furniture.The legs need to be heavy and joined to the frame. Wooden legs are more durable than legs made from metal, rubber or plastic, and they do not scratch your floor. It is also important that they are not simply glued or nailed to the base of the furniture; look for ones joined to the frame. Make sure you take measurements before you go out to shop for furniture. You need to make sure the piece you fall in love with in the showroom is actually going to fit in your home.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.