Definition of upholster in English:



[with object]
  • 1Provide (furniture) with a soft, padded covering.

    ‘the chairs were upholstered in red velvet’
    ‘an upholstered stool’
    • ‘You can often find upholstered furniture in brick red, and the color is a favorite in Oriental rugs.’
    • ‘Those houses have flower gardens and interior furnishings such as upholstered furniture and armoires.’
    • ‘In addition, a cloth upholstered seat is often more comfortable for the baby.’
    • ‘She had plush upholstered chairs set up around the table with a special throne-like chair at the head of the table.’
    • ‘Fitted carpets, heavy drapes, upholstered furniture - even soft toys - promote dust accumulation and the breeding of dust mites.’
    • ‘The chairs are upholstered in the same fabric used on the table and for the curtains, and the plain off-white rug prevents the floral pattern from becoming overwhelming.’
    • ‘The drapes, the quilts on the bed, the pillows, and the two upholstered chairs were all in a dark, rich plum color.’
    • ‘Chief among these was a large green upholstered sofa with tufts of stuffing poking out here and there.’
    • ‘I do not recommend dyeing upholstered furniture.’
    • ‘Carpets have to be thrown away, along with mattresses, bedding, and most upholstered furniture.’
    • ‘For instance, Emerson found a fuzzy orange sweater fabric for $5 a yard and used it to make pillows and upholster the dining chairs.’
    • ‘Sitting on a fine upholstered couch was a blond man with perfect hair, teeth and clothes.’
    • ‘At an upholstery shop, a couple was dragging out a newly-upholstered sofa.’
    • ‘Consider replacing upholstered sofas and chairs with furniture made of leather, wood, metal or plastic.’
    • ‘Mr McStay used to specialise in upholstering furniture, but now he concentrates on making sofas to order.’
    • ‘Notice carefully how this is done: the curtains are made of the same silk fabric with which the wing chair is upholstered.’
    • ‘James pointed to the richly upholstered sofa and ordered, ‘Sit down, Maria.’’
    • ‘Wrought iron and upholstered furniture, made-to-measure and ready-made curtains and a wide range of fabrics are all found in the company's new brochure.’
    • ‘This place had leather upholstered chairs and mahogany desks.’
    • ‘Gold's company makes and sells high-end casual upholstered furniture, especially chairs and sofas, as well as cushions.’
    stuff, fill, pack, line, wad, cushion
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    1. 1.1 Cover the walls or furniture in (a room) with textiles.
      ‘the day saloon was upholstered in blue silk’
      • ‘In the meantime he peered into the inside of the carriage, which was upholstered in blue fabric, with silk fringes and trimmings.’
      • ‘The couches in the living room - there were about 20 of them - were upholstered with bubble-gum pink flowers on an olive green background.’
      • ‘Only in 1950s movies are the rooms lavishly painted and upholstered, spacious and crammed with flowers.’
      • ‘The floor is highly polished north Queensland hardwood, the lounges are beautifully upholstered in pastels and the walls support vibrant silks prints of the reef and rainforest by Sydney artist Lyndie Malan.’


Mid 19th century: back-formation from upholsterer.