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.Try making your own furniture. This can be a tough thing for some people, but you can start small. There are plenty of online videos that can walk you through a small project. You can of course head out to a retailer, but you may also like to spend an afternoon making something you can use in your home. Try using vacuuming and steaming for cushion care instead of washing the covers in a washing machine.Use social media to find great deals on furniture. There are many online yard sale pages on Facebook where you can find gently used furniture at a small fraction of the price of new furniture. Search for yard sale groups in your area and begin looking for the perfect piece of furniture. You should try looking for furniture pieces that are being sold by a reputable store. This is because well-known stores tend to offer warranties on their furniture.If something goes wrong within a specific period of time, they will replace the pieces. Smaller stores are not usually able to afford these type of warranties. Pay attention to the legs of the piece of furniture you want to buy. Choose furniture with solid wooden legs. Make sure the legs are solidly connected to the piece of furniture and not simply glued. If you need a new sofa, try finding one with an additional leg in the middle for more support.