Know what you want before you even step foot into a store.
Do your research to find out what options are available to you, and create a list of what your requirements. Do you have pets? This is something so important to bear in mind. Love our furry family, but best not to purchase more fabric furniture than is strictly necessary, sofas are excluded here.
When you do venture into the stores, beware of pushy sales staff, they will sense you're green and may try to take advantage. Your list will help you to politely decline the things they suggest you should go for. That said, sometimes paying attention to what they are saying is helpful, so don't discount any advice they may have. And don't be put off shopping in the sales stuff, I always head straight there, this is definitely a time in your life that bargain hunting is actively encouraged.