Factors to consider when buying furniture from eBay include wood finishes, construction of the piece, fabric, style and reading the product description in detail. The eBay website offers buying guides that can help shoppers learn more of what to look for in furniture on the site, according to eBay.
When considering any type of wood furniture most selections will either be a hardwood like cherry, oak or walnut, or they will be a softwood like cedar, fir and pine. Hardwoods will last longer and many pieces even last for generations. The construction and finishes on woods are important too. Solid wood is stronger because the wood is a whole piece, not a particle wood or a synthetic. Some wood furniture has a thin layer of decorative wood called veneer on it. The wood under these finishes is generally something like plywood.
For upholstered furniture, knowing the general make up and options, such as the frames, springs and padding, can help consumers understand how to choose appropriate furniture. A couch or chair with hand-tied springs is going to hold up better and last longer than a chair with sinuous springs, which is less expensive to make than the hand-tied version, notes eBay.