- to provide (chairs, sofas, etc.) with coverings, cushions, stuffing, springs, etc.
- to furnish (an interior) with hangings, curtains, carpets, or the like.
Origin of upholster
Examples from the Web for upholstered
Second class featured the same basic seating arrangement as third class, but with upholstered seating.A Serial Killer on the Loose in Nazi Berlin
Scott Andrew Selby
January 11, 2014
The furniture of the office was some old Empire stuff, upholstered in red velvet.Fruitfulness
She was not a mass of material gorgeously furnished and upholstered.Notes on Life and Letters
This may or may not be upholstered, dependent on the character of the material of which it is made.Carpentry for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
Carpets, hangings and upholstered furniture must be removed.The Mother and Her Child
William S. Sadler
Wynn and Hogan sat facing each other on upholstered benches.Owen Clancy's Happy Trail
Burt L. Standish
- (tr) to fit (chairs, sofas, etc) with padding, springs, webbing, and covering
Word Origin and History for upholstered
1853, back-formation from upholsterer "tradesman who finishes or repairs articles of furniture" (1610s), from upholdester (early 15c.), formed with a diminutive (originally fem.) suffix, from obsolete Middle English noun upholder "dealer in small goods" (early 14c.), from upholden "to repair, uphold, keep from falling or sinking" (in this case, by stuffing); see uphold.