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Decide on a budget before you shop, then actually stick to it. If possible, pay in cash that you've set aside for the purchase so you wan't be tempted to spend more than you intended. Although many stores will encourage you to open a store credit card to purchase a big-ticket item, don't feel pressured to sign up. A line of credit with a low interest rate may sound like a deal, but keep in mind that the interest will add up, and your furniture will end up costing you much more than you had planned to spend. Remember, this is a major purchase that you'll enjoy for years, and you'll enjoy it much more if you know it didn't leave you thousands of dollars in debt!
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