I've heard dozens of reasons why buyers feel a home isn't appropriate for them. And in most cases, they are perfectly legitimate and need serious consideration. If the school system isn't up to a buyer's standards; if the home sits on a horrible lot backing to a busy road; if the floor plan is awkward and compartmentalized; if the home needs entirely too many upgrades, etc.
However, my least favorite reason of all time is that the "house doesn't fit their furniture". If this is a first-time home purchase, the chance that you'll live in this home for more than 5 years is slim. Even if this is a step up and you plan on living there for more than 20 years, it's likely your furniture will not outlive your house. At least, I certainly hope not!
The only time I concern myself with this is when the "furniture" symbolizes a way of life or perhaps is a family heirloom that they plan to showcase in some sort of significant way. The reality is that if the buyer entertains for holidays, birthdays and special occasions and has a large family, the size of the living areas are terribly important.
The truth is, most buyers have a set notion as to how their furniture must sit based on how they have it set up currently. Here's a perfect example. A young couple is stuck to a budget but has a very extensive priority list of "must haves" for a home. While I never want any buyer feeling like their purchase is a compromise of any kind, realistically, you may have to give up a little on something to accommodate your wallet.
We find the perfect house – schools, yard, condition, price, floor plan – but wait! A snag! Under whispers I hear, "That family room won't fit our sectional and entertainment center because of the fireplace. " Or, "The dining room is gorgeous but with that window there, how am I going to fit our china cabinet and sideboard?"
In reality, the furniture is a commodity that will soon lose its charm and certainly its value. Even if it's an expensive antique that you couldn't possibly part with, you may want to consider putting it in storage or, even better, think about using it in another part of your house. That cedar chest doesn't have to go in your bedroom, does it? Couldn't it go in your living room or possibly even this enormous foyer?
The point is, don't set up more barriers between you and your perfect house than absolutely necessary. If all factors add up to one great buy with the exception of the dimension of one room, you may want to consider which you'll be using for a longer period of time – this room or Aunt Betty's chaise lounge?