Definition of upholsterer in English:



  • A person who upholsters furniture, especially professionally.

    • ‘The Baillie family were well known upholsterers and tapestry makers with businesses in Capel Street and Abbey Street in Dublin.’
    • ‘Lala's father is a furniture upholsterer who moves his family from Mexico City to Chicago and then to San Antonio in search of a better life.’
    • ‘Her husband Terry, who worked as an upholsterer at the rail works, died seven years ago when he was 55.’
    • ‘Even if you have to pay someone - an upholsterer, a seamstress or tailor, a fashion student - the fee shouldn't be exorbitant.’
    • ‘The son of an upholsterer, he was educated at Eton College, and although his father intended that he should pursue a legal apprenticeship it was clear from the start that his interests lay in music.’
    • ‘Mr Birch, a self-employed upholsterer, was described by relatives as ‘a one-man party who thrived on fun and enjoyment and always had a joke to tell, making everyone around him feel good’.’
    • ‘Seamstress and upholsterer Betsy Ross is believed to have sewn the first American Flag by hand, between late May and early June, 1777.’
    • ‘Jack was a trainee upholsterer at the time, Meg worked as a shop assistant and barmaid.’
    • ‘The firm employed approximately one hundred specialized workers including gilders, carpenters, upholsterers, repairmen, and glaziers.’
    • ‘Burgess was 21, and an apprentice upholsterer in Christchurch when he was called up in 1942.’
    • ‘The upholstery was undertaken by the royal upholsterers Thomas Phill and Jeremiah Fletcher, using eight yards of brocade in scarlet, silver, blue and gold.’
    • ‘Town-house interiors were fitted out to individual taste by upholsterers or, as time went on, specialist firms of decorators.’
    • ‘Nan's eye for hidden treasure extends to furniture; she dug two armchairs out of an upholsterer's basement.’
    • ‘‘The upholsterer thought I was crazy,’ says Knodle.’
    • ‘Did you know that upholsterers can completely reshape a couch?’
    • ‘Your upholsterers should be happy to discuss all aspects of the process - including the materials that can be used - as well as providing examples of work and references.’
    • ‘‘My father was an upholsterer, and so there were always textiles around the house,’ she said.’
    • ‘By the 1930s a sweet shop, cobbler, upholsterer and a tailor were all added, turning the hospital into a small self-contained village.’
    • ‘Born into a Labour-supporting family, with a Dublin-born father who was an upholsterer, he regarded himself as a working-class lad.’
    • ‘Although it is more time-consuming, traditional upholsterers can make sofas to order, allowing you to specify dimensions and fabric for a similar cost to one from a shop.’


Early 17th century: from the obsolete noun upholster (from uphold in the obsolete sense ‘keep in repair’) + -ster.