Choose your fabric and colors based on your lifestyle. If you have children or pets, it's best to steer clear of delicate fabrics and bright colors. These will be worn through and stained in no time. A darker, more robust fabric will hold up to abuse, and hides many blemishes. Consider used furniture. A good and solid piece of furniture can be passed down for generations and still looks good. Check thrift stores, moving sale and sale of property.When you're thinking of buying a single piece of furniture, think of how it will fit into the rest of your décor. It's one thing to see a flamingo side table, while you are out, but it is another thing to bring it home and try to make it work with everything else you have. Think carefully before you buy. Shop at thrift stores. You may not have been to a thrift store for some time, or may have never been to one.You will be a much more secure shopper when you know the exact dimensions you need. Understand the different Woods, when you buy furniture to maximize your budget. Furniture of solid wood will be the most expensive and last the longest. Veneered wood will be cheaper, but will have lower quality wood under the veneer. Hardboard and composite materials, which are made of wood pulp and binders, will be the cheapest, but also the least durable.Don't just buy the most visually pleasing potential replacement see. If it is not comfortable for you personally, you won't be happy. Browse in local thrift stores. It may have been a long time since your last visit, or maybe you haven't gone before. However, you should check these places out, because they contain sometimes excellent furniture pieces. They usually have a wide range of used or even vintage items.