Make sure the doors stay open and close properly. You should also check the cobs or links to ensure they are properly attached. If you are trying to shop for furniture made in courtesy that is full or partly environmentally responsible, look out for three possible certification. Scientific Certification Systems use the SCS label. Also look for SmartWood certification from the Rainforest Alliance.If the furniture does not match, it will look neat. If you are looking to convert a room, think about changing floors and walls. You can match the floor covering and wallpaper with the furniture you want to buy. When you buy a sofa, choose covered cushions that you can take off and on. This will allow you to wash it when needed, which is especially important if you have children or pets.If you are looking for used furniture, you should look at Craigslist. Many people sell or put away used furniture in your area. Many Craigslist adverts have pictures of the furniture on sale, so you can get a good idea if it's something you want, before contacting the seller. Before buying a piece of furniture, try to remove the drawers. Touch the inside of the drawers to see if it feels rough.When buying a sofa, try to find one that is done well and permanently, rather than just deciding on comfort. In particular, research the wells. It is best to find those who have eight way wells, but serpentine wells are great too. Feel the wells through the upholstery for testing. The good ones will be sound and set close together. Be aware of the types of wood your furniture is typical of.