The word came from ‘upholder’ that refers to a tradesman who held up his goods to sell. It is related to work of providing furniture i.e. covering and padding chairs, sofas, mattresses and seats. Traditionally, it was done by building each layer up by hands and materials used in upholstery were animal hair, coil springs, linen scrims, straw and hay, bridle ties, top stitching, hessians etc. modern upholstery is done by using synthetic materials like vinyl, Dacron, serpentine spring etc.
Upholstery plays an integral role in upholstery decoration. Mainly such decorations are called ‘soft furnishing’ i.e. providing leather for stools, chairs, sofas, seaters etc. its scope extends to automobile upholstery, marine upholstery, and commercial upholstery. Automotive upholsterer provides upholstery trimming of automobiles, and would produce soft furnishing, soft tops, carpets, roof lining etc. commercial upholsterers produce restaurant seating, dining room chairs. Furthermore, produce also include Medical tables, dental chairs, waiting lobby etc. Somehow, for marine upholstery high density plastic foam is used for better quality and is also related to sunlight, dampness, and hard uses.
In modern era, it is usage is fast for a multiple reasons. Main advantages of upholstery i.e. furniture is provision of a decorated and fascinating seating place along with cozy and comfy environment.
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