We loved Grace's suggestion to check Flickr before ordering furniture to get a full picture of what it's like. We've got to admit that we're a little old school when ordering larger pieces (we've had some bad experiences ordering stuff through catalogues!). We prefer to test out a piece in person whenever possible...When I was considering couches from Crate and Barrel, I took a friend with me to test them out. While I don't think the sales people at Crate and Barrel were too happy, we scrambled all over the couches. We sat on the arms and on the backs. We balanced a glass on one arm. We bounced up and down on the cushions. We lay down. We pretended to sleep on them (and I considered it a good sign when my friend passed out for a few minutes and woke up refreshed). In short, we did as much as we could to see if these couches could withstand how they would be used in my house. Later, when they were delivered and my niece and nephew came over and jumped on them, I didn't flinch. I'd tested them out. These couches could stand it and still look good. Considering a bed? Bring a friend and bounce on it. Does it squeak? If it makes noise now, think of the noise it'll make when it's in your home. It's going to be your furniture. Abuse it well before you buy it.
[image: Looking Glass's Flickr, with a Creative Commons License]