History of Upholstery
It is a thriving industry here in Scotland and if there is one thing that changing upholstery in any room guarantees, it is an instant change in the appeal and look of a room.
There is long and detailed history of upholstery that evolves along with the home, how we live in them, inhabitants as well as the increasing complexities of furniture design.
Upholstery is about comfort and style, something that humans have not been prepared to live without since the time of the ancient Egyptians. Horsehair stuffed cushions, with exquisite fabrics draped across daybeds and chairs were all common place at this time.
Over the years, drapers and upholsterers have changed their designs and their skills to provide the homeowner with the upholstered items they required.
The history of upholstery is as long as the history of furniture and the need to make items more comfortable. Like many trades and skills, upholstery was first used in the upper classes of society, with many of the skills and fine fabrics we are accustomed to today coming to Britain from Italy in the late 16th Century. Early examples of furniture from this era were sold in their raw form - a hardwood chair or a bench-like sofa for the living space.
It was then up to the lady of the house to buy yards and yards of fabric and have a local, skilled upholsterer to create the necessary cushioning and so on in the style that she wanted. The same is true for curtains and other window dressings too.
The more elaborate and more decorative upholstery was throughout the home, the more standing the family had in society.
From this point, upholstery waxed and waned with the designers, the wants and needs, fluctuations of budgets and so on until one day, the use of the upholster as the main source of fabrics and soft furnishings in the home was superseded by ready-made, buy now and take home now stores. Mass produced furniture was already upholstered and available to the masses. It was affordable with the advent of hire purchase.
A full circle
But the history of upholstery, like so many others, comes full circle. Upholstery is back in fashion; no longer is sending items to landfill the ideal solution. Furniture can be repaired and reupholstered, giving it a new lease of life and having an amazing impact on the space that it occupies.
Is re-upholstering an item something you have considered - contact Upholstery Scotland?