About Us

Founded circa 1961 in Minneapolis by Robert Colbath and serving the entire metro area, our Elk River-based business, Colbath Upholstery Services, has long been a name associated with high quality, skilled custom upholstery and related services. Now, more than 50 years later, our family legacy is still going strong. Owned and operated by Jeff Colbath and his wife, Cheryl, we have built a solid reputation as a trusted authority in custom upholstery, sewing, and design. With decades' worth of expertise and experience in projects ranging from residential and commercial upholstery, restaurant and bar seats, hotel and office furniture, car interiors, boat interiors and covers, recreational vehicles, prototyping, design, and more, there's little we can't handle. And now with son, Justin, and daughter, Leah, working alongside Jeff and Cheryl as third-generation members of the crew, it looks like Colbath Upholstery will continue as a family tradition for the foreseeable future.

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Photograph of Robert Colbath standing in front of a shop location from the 1950’s


 Jeff Colbath hard at work, sewing a leather motorcycle seat - 2013


 The crew at Colbath's - circa 2012



Justin, taking a well-deserved break from building booth seat frames - 2014

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       Jeff Colbath is the current owner/operator of Colbath Upholstery, as well as the youngest son of the company's founder. Upholstery has been in his life since he was just a small child, and he now has more than 40 years of personal experience in the trade. He and Cheryl have been in charge of Colbath's since 1986.

      Cheryl Colbath, Jeff's wife of more than 35 years, is co-owner of the business. Cheryl handles the majority of the office work and is also a skilled seamstress at Colbath Upholstery. She has almost 30 years of experience in sewing, and comprises an irreplaceable part of the company's foundation.

      Justin Colbath is the elder of Jeff and Cheryl's two children. He has been with the company since 2009, learning the trade from his father as Jeff did from his own father years ago. With his growing body of knowledge, skills, and experience, Justin is making his family proud by continuing the tradition his grandfather started.

Mark LaFrance joined us in 2014 and has been in the trade for over 45 years. He was influenced by his father and uncle. Aside from his influences, Mark is mostly a self-taught upholster who is meticulous, passionate and efficient. A great addition to the team!



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Advertisement for the company’s 30th anniversary


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50th anniversary advertisement—circa 2012


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Local advertisements for Colbath Upholstery in its current location—2013


 Jeff upholstering a leather office chair - 2012