Set a budget. Home furnishings can be expensive, very quickly. Don't let the credit card bill surprise you at the end of the month. Allocate more money towards the main pieces such as sofas and beds. If you need to reduce your spending, start with the smaller items that do not need to be as robust. Although mattresses are out there that can continue for life, you should take these types of claims with salt grains.When shopping in a cushion shop, look at the bare bones of the furniture, not the upholstery. You may be able to find a beautiful sofa for pennies on the dollar if you are ready to rotate the piece or re-cycle it professionally. The money saved on the piece will generally include any upholstery work. If you don't have too much money, but need new furniture, make sure you can get it for free.Also, you want the cushions to be sound, as they will stay better in shape over time. Never buy a new mattress and place it on top of an old spring. As they were probably bought at the same time, both are worn enough. Even if it doesn't seem very logical to buy a new spring box, you should buy one anyway. Be aware that when buying furniture over the Internet the estimated arrival date is not set in stone.When you want a high quality chest of drawers, make sure that pigeon tails join the sides of the drawers. Cheaper drawers are connected only by nails and sometimes by staples. Old coping is an old joinery technique that demonstrates high quality workmanship. So look for those details if you want the best. Most furniture sales will have some items on clearing to accommodate new items.