Plan carefully before you shop.
Set up a budget, and then stick to it.
Shop around for quality and price, as well as for credit terms and service.
Read all the tag and label information provided by the seller and manufacturer.
Check the construction of case goods and upholstered furniture for durability.
Find out how the furniture is constructed. Is the wood bonded or veneered? If the furniture has a finish, find out what kind of wood to which the finish has been applied.
In the case of upholstered furniture, find out what the frame is made of, determine what the other covering is composed of, what its properties are, and how it should be cared for.
Determine the seller's return policy.
Find out what the warranty does and does not cover.
Get the specifics of any agreement in writing.
Find out the seller's credit terms, if you are buying on time.