Before you set foot in a furniture store or browse online, take time to measure the pieces you're replacing or the space where the new items will go. Then, consider these three factors:
Material and fabric
First, consider what materials or fabrics you like. If you're buying a sofa, for example, would you consider microfiber? Do you love the look of leather or polyester? If looking for a bedroom set or dining table, do you prefer wood or another material, such as metal? And if you like wood, there are many species and colors to consider. Maybe you like the traditional look of maple or oak or the more modern look of cherry.
When choosing furniture, consider your lifestyle. Do you have children or pets? If so, you'll probably want something durable and easily cleaned. This may limit you to certain fabrics or styles, but will ensure a longer life for your furniture.
Design and theme
Make sure the new piece fits into your home's current look. Whether you prefer traditional, modern or eclectic design, you'll want the piece to flow well with the rest of your home.