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general term for household fittings, hangings, curtains, cushions, and covers. It refers to stuffed, padded, and spring-cushioned furniture, such as chairs and sofas, or to the usually decorative materials and fabrics that cover them. The first furniture upholstery was probably leather, stretched on without padding. Italian Renaissance chairs were cushioned with leather, velvet, or embroidery; the French made ornate chairs covered with tapestries and embroideries; England developed upholstery in Elizabethan and Jacobean reigns. The use of springs is comparatively modern. Hair, fiber, flock, foam rubber, down, and kapok are used for padding in modern upholstery, and woven fabrics, plastics, leather, and synthetic leather serve as coverings.
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The increase in business has also meant the appointment of two new members of staff - one framemaker and one upholsterer - to keep up with demand.
Two years later he published the first part of The Cabinet-Maker, Upholsterer and General Artist's Encyclopaedia,
And upholsterers play a large part in this - shaping and covering furniture such as chairs, bedheads and sofas.
The retired upholsterer, who thinks he lost around pounds 4,000 said: "Whoever was responsible knew exactly what they were doing as you need to have specialist knowledge to tackle a bee hive."
Former upholsterer and dad-of-two Paul, of Bridgend, defended the "mere pounds 4,500" handout.
Former upholsterer and dad-of-two Paul, of Bridgend, South Wales, defended the "mere pounds 4,500" handout.
With the help of toy manufacturers Hasbro, the 53-year-old upholsterer from Finglas in Dublin has made Christmas special for hundreds of children across Ireland.
It is claimed the South African upholsterer, 38, was shot in a row about taking too long to repair a chair.
But the teenage upholsterer was stunned when he was told that a St George flag covering his parcel shelf was racist.
The upholsterer persuaded friends to back his story and tried to sue.
Upholsterer Mr Gavin, from Faifley, Dunbartonshire, said: "I've been interested in fossils for two years and got to know the different types of fish.
Upholsterer Andrew Lloyd, 26, said he couldn't believe it when Peacock returned his call.