By choosing family friendly furniture, you can help keep your furniture looking as good as the day you bought it with minimal effort. If you are looking for new furniture and you don't have a lot of money, consider picking up some at your local thrift store. There are usually a few different sets available, and you may find one that is in fairly good condition. You can have a set that is new to you without spending a ton of money.If you are looking for a softer sofa, be sure to get one that has zigzag coils. Small furniture pieces are a great way to change the feel of a room. You probably can't buy large sofas every single day, but every couple months, try changing your room using small pieces like lamps and end tables. That alone can give a room new life. Don't allow yourself to feel pressured into buying a piece of furniture that you are not sure about.Furniture sales people often work off of commission. Their desire to make a sale, can sometimes leave you feeling pressured into buying something you don't really want. Be polite, but stand your ground and wait until you find that perfect piece. Before you buy a piece of furniture, always look inside the cabinets and drawers. You are checking for a few things. First, make sure the drawer extends out and closes properly.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. When cleaning upholstery, try sticking with dry cleaners. Wet cleaners can dampen the fabric to the point of stretching or breaking.