What Is Upholstered Furniture?

Upholstered furniture, namely chairs and sofas, have come a long way since the 17th century.

Defining the Process

Upholstery includes a series of well-positioned materials.Upholstery includes a series of well-positioned materials.
Then, you might have sat upon a seat padded crudely with [sawdust, grass or goat hair](http://www. plumbsreupholstery. co. uk/reupholstery/history-of-re-upholstery. php) and covered with [wool and linen, leather or material cut from a tapestry or rug](https://www. onekingslane. com/info/home/the-history-of-upholstery/#. VPCLX_lSZH9) -- or, in the 18th century, possibly [horsehair fabric](http://www. vam. ac. uk/content/journals/conservation-journal/issue-02/upholstery-conservation/). Today's upholstery is about more than fabric and padding, however; it's an art in comfort, form and support.

Upholstery is not just a chair's visible fabric and trim. The Victoria and Albert Museum describes the upholstery process as creating stable shapes that provide comfort. An upholstered piece's individuality blooms from the furniture type and craftsman's style for seemingly endless combinations and creations.

Upholstery Materials

Upholstery covering can be fabric, leather or vinyl. Underneath, you'll find foams and maybe springs. Supplies for the chair-padding process can include upholstery thread, trim, glue and decking fabric under loose cushions.

About the Author

Lorna Hordos has owned a home-flipping business for more than two decades. She uses her construction and interior design experience to write friendly, conversational home and lifestyle articles for Daltile, Marazzi, Lowes and numerous other publications. She also enjoys writing for children, and has been featured on the cover of Humpty Dumpty magazine.