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02/27/2012 03:42 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

14 Reupholstery Tips From A Pro (PHOTOS)


New York City design-and-build specialist Matthew Haly doesn't soft-pedal when it comes to his craft. Thinking of reupholstering? Pull up a chair.

How can someone tell if a piece is worth reupholstering or not?

There's a lot of furniture today that's not built for a second life--it's not structurally sound enough to invest in. If you have a piece with a well-made frame, it's probably worth it. Older furniture tends to be higher quality--something that was your grandmother's in the 30s or 40s is more likely to have dowel joints than be glued together. That's worth investing in.

To see more tips and commonly-asked questions about reupholstering, visit Real Simple.

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