Upholstery involves the use of various materials (leathers and textiles) to provide covering and padding for furniture, such as seats. Contemporary upholsterers use or create unique patterned coverings for cushions as well as traditional designs.

The UK has a long tradition of upholstery. If you look back to the 14th century you would see the Worshipful Company of Upholders based in the City of London. They had the power to set the high standards of work and training and they continue to maintain the traditions today. However, most of the power of the organisation was lost over time.

If you look back to the 18th century, many Upholders were also interior designers, as is often the case today.

Back in the early days they were know as Upheldere, Uphouldesterr but more commonly as an Upholder.

In 1947 the AMUSF (The Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers) was formed. They formed to help protect the interests of upholsterers, small furniture makers, and soft furnishers after the war.