up·​hol·​ster (ˌ)əp-ˈhōl-stər How to pronounce upholster (audio)
upholstered; upholstering

transitive verb

: to furnish with or as if with upholstery

Examples of upholster in a Sentence

The couch was upholstered with a bright, floral fabric.
Recent Examples on the Web The fabric first gained a following in the late 1940s, when architect Eero Saarinen used it to upholster his iconic Womb Chair. Mia Mercado, Curbed, 15 Sep. 2023 Additionally, the fabric on this wingback chair, which also features a lumbar cushion, is upholstered by hand for a soft, touchable feel. Alida Nugent, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Aug. 2023 Jones suggests moving away from tradition and choosing a checkerboard pattern to upholster an accent chair in a living room or bedroom. Sophie Flaxman, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Aug. 2023 And downstairs, the main foyer is a moody shade of rosé pink complemented by a banquette upholstered in a striped coral pink Dedar textile. Max Berlinger, New York Times, 18 Aug. 2023 Turner called on easy-care vinyl to cover the seat of a long, inviting banquette, then upholstered the back in luxurious velvet. Sally Finder Weepie, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 4 Try an Upholstered Makeover For a renter-friendly upgrade, designer Keita Turner upholstered the panels on bi-fold doors. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 26 May 2023 Silk linens and a ruched skirt and headboard dress the bed in the primary bedroom, where a snow-white chair upholstered in plush mohair recalls 1970s fashion. Anita Sarsidi, ELLE Decor, 26 May 2023 The businesslike interior offers the driving essentials, with carbon-fiber seats upholstered in, and surrounded by, black Ultrafabric upholstery. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 24 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


back-formation from upholstery

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of upholster was in 1849

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“Upholster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upholster. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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up·​hol·​ster (ˌ)əp-ˈhōl-stər How to pronounce upholster (audio)
upholstered; upholstering -st(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce upholster (audio)
: to provide with or as if with upholstery
upholsterer noun

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