Your older pieces of furniture may often be better served by custom reupholstering them than having them go to a landfill. As long as you like the shape, the size and it fits well within a room, you are usually better off in the end to reupholster these items rather than buy new. It can save you quite a sum of money and you have so many more choices of fabrics from which to choose.
Testing Furniture Frames for Upholstering
The much older pieces of furniture are most probably better made and have strong bones (structurally sound materials) than newer pieces that are manufactured more recently, such as in the last 10 years.