Shopping for furniture can be a great hurdle for most couples. Style-wise, what kind of design are you two, as a unit, going for? What about budget appropriation? Do you want to spend more for a particular room or try to make ends meet by keeping all the décor evenly priced?

Hülsta and Rolf-Benz, two well-known furniture brands in Europe, definitely know a thing or two about selecting quality furniture for your home. These German manufacturers have been known to create furnishings used by international celebrities, athletes, and even European royalty.

Here are some of the furniture buying tips we learned during the launch of their flagship store at The Fort.

1. Choose furniture that fits your lifestyle.

What are you looking for in a bed or in a couch? Do you want something that's very comfortable or do you want something that's wired? Decide on what your lifestyle demands of you, and use it as a basis for narrowing your choices.

2. Inspect for quality.

Not all furnishings are created equal, so make sure you ask everything you need to know about durability and longevity.

3. Look for something environment-friendly.

The Blue Angel is said to be the oldest eco-label in the world. “[It] is a certificate, which guarantees the clients, [that] all the products we use are environment-friendly,” says Stefan Fisse, Area Sales Manager for ‎Hülsta Asia.

4. Go for flexibility.

There’s nothing wrong with mass-produced furniture if your house fits the stereotypical floor plan, but if you want something that looks like it really belongs in your home, then turn to brands that customize their furniture. Granted, you might have to wait a few months before you can take your baby home, but it will definitely be worth it.

5. Want to follow the trend? Go for walnut.

A handy hint for those who want something that's up to date: choose a walnut finish. “It’s been around for a long, long time—the walnut—and also the combination with white lacquer and sand lacquer and the walnut is something very appealing and very successful at the moment,” Stefan says.

(Photo courtesy of Rolf-Benz)

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