Upholsterers shape and cover furniture such as chairs, bedheads and sofas. The two main types of work are production and craft upholstery.
Production upholstery generally involves work with new furniture, using pre-cut materials. Some upholsters may be employed working on a particular part of the job, whilst others work on the item as a whole.
Craft upholsterers work on new furniture and renovate or re- upholster old and antique furniture. They may be required to give advice and estimate the costs of repairs.
Working hours vary depending on the employer. In factories and workshops there may be a 39-hour week, but some evening and weekend work may be required. Working hours for self-employed upholsterers will often be more irregular.
Upholsterers may work in
workshops, studios or factories. Self-employed
upholsterers may visit clients' homes to give estimates,
and collect and deliver furniture. The job can be
physically demanding, involving lifting and carrying
furniture, and a lot of bending and standing.
A driving licence will be useful if self-employed.
To be an upholster you should:
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