re·​up·​hol·​ster (ˌ)rē-(ˌ)əp-ˈhōl-stər How to pronounce reupholster (audio)
reupholstered; reupholstering

transitive verb

: to cover (something, such as a piece of furniture) with new upholstery
reupholstered the old couch

Examples of reupholster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gonzales' father owned a thrift store and taught her how to reupholster old furniture., 22 May 2022 Don’t reupholster it if the piece won’t last as long as the new fabric. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 Her daughter, Ellen, was inspired by a crisp black-and-brown Clarence House fabric that Zelda once used to reupholster a sofa in the sunroom. New York Times, 1 Dec. 2021 The brand also has plans for LoveShackFancy wallpaper and fabrics by the yard, so that people can reupholster furniture using the label’s signature prints. Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2020 In fact, this year 1stDibs has seen a sharp increase—28%—in sales of high-quality vintage and antique furniture pieces that customers are buying with the intent to reupholster. Michelle Slatalla, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reupholster was in 1856

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Cite this Entry

“Reupholster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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