If it's an "as is" purchase, do extra homework upfront to know that the piece is the right one for you. Think carefully about the use your new furniture is likely to get. Your furniture will not be used very much if you live by yourself. Because of this, you can purchase less sturdy pieces. However, if you have a spouse and children, then your furniture will likely be used a lot. Therefore, you need sturdier pieces.If there are pets around the home you should figure out what kind of fabrics should be used on your chairs and sofas. Many pets have shedding issues, and there are fabrics more prone to picking up hair than others. When buying leather furniture, make sure you get top grain leather. Top grain leather is more expensive but it will last a lot longer. Leather that is not top grain is actually made from compressed fatty tissues.Make sure you purchase furniture that is actually made out of leather. If the salesperson described it as a leather-like or a leather match piece, then the sofa or the chair is not made from actual leather and might not last very long. You're probably doing it already, just because you're reading this tip, but make use of the Internet in furniture shopping. Retailers and manufacturers don't always line up exactly.You can often find quality used furniture at a fraction of the price of new. While you may need to get the furniture reupholstered, you will end up with exactly the fabric that you like at a fraction of the cost of a custom piece. If you are purchasing a couch, make sure that it is comfortable. Sit down on the couch, lay down on the couch and curl up on the couch for at least five minutes to make sure that it is comfortable to you.