What is upholstery?
Upholstery is a term used for anything that involves making covers, putting in new foams, springs, padding and trimming work.
It’s not limited to furniture, a trimmer in an automotive shop is an upholsterer as well. The job of an auto upholsterer is the same as a furniture upholsterer, it involves many tasks with the production of leather and fabric items. From sofas, to saddles, to car seats and so much more. The more common term for anyone in the automotive trade is a trimmer rather than an upholsterer.
A very early upholstery workshop producing chairs
Automotive upholstery in the 1900s was becoming a big business with the invention of the motorcar and this required skilled people to produce car seats for the vehicles being produced.
Early 1900s automotive upholstery workshop.
Modern upholstery workshops are more compact today than they were a hundred years ago with smaller machines capable of doing even more. Methods and traditions remain almost the same, it’s just advanced with smaller machines and tighter spaces to undertake the tasks in hand.
Chair stripped down ready for re upholstery.
A traditional modern upholstery workshop still looks a busy place with plenty of modern machines and materials to undertake the jobs in hand.
A modern upholstery workshop.
Upholstery workshops are not limited to cars and furniture. Boats are a big part of the upholstery trade as well.
Boat being re upholstered