Furniture comes in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and construction quality. When buying furniture the more you spend on the piece, the longer you expect it to last. For a high quality piece of furniture that will last for decades you should expect to pay $400 and upwards into the tens of thousands depending on what the piece is. Cheap, mass produced pieces of furniture often use lower quality materials and will likely have to be replaced in time. A well built piece of furniture can last for generations - look to antique stores and rummage sales to find high quality pieces at a fraction of the price you would pay for new, low quality ones.