Buying new furnishings for your home can be exciting and fun. So much, in fact, that people get wound up by the colors, fabrics, and looks of new furniture, and often forget about the important questions that should come before the aesthetics of a big buy. Take a living room set, for example—there are at least four questions you should ask yourself and assess before making the investment.

How Many People are You Wanting to Comfortably Accommodate?

Do you have a big family? Or, is it just you? Do you have friends over a lot? Or, are you looking to accommodate yourself, a roommate, and a couple of dogs, cats, or both? Think about who will be sitting on your new furniture, because you will want to comfortably, spaciously accommodate them. You could even think ahead to the future a bit.

Do You Have Kids? Are They Rambunctious or Mellow?

One minute you have a nice, plush couch, and the next, your couch cushions are askew, your springs are sprung, and there are unknown stains on the backings. Ugh. However, if your kids are mellow, you likely have zero to worry about and could get the couch that fits your specific likes and lifestyle. Shop accordingly. Check out   recliner chairs in Phoenix, AZ to get an idea of the strength and sturdiness required to stand up to a rambunctious family.

How much are you willing to Budget for a New Living Room Set?

New living room sets can be super-expensive if you are buying brand-new and from a retailer. So, gather up your budget, crunch some numbers, and decide how much you are willing to spend on a new sofa, loveseat, and tables.

Or, Are You Willing to Finance a New Living Room Set with Monthly Payments?

If you would prefer to get a living room set without saving up, consider financing—but make sure you have good credit and every intention of paying the set off. The monthly payments can be steep, so do some more math to ensure you can absolutely afford a month-to-month finance plan. If not, skip the living room set until you can either buy it straight out or put down a significant amount of money first.