Upholsterers perform some or all of the following duties:
Discuss upholstery fabric, colour, and style with customers and provide cost estimate for upholstering furniture or other items
Lay out, measure and cut upholstery materials according to sketches or design specifications
Replace worn-out webbing, springs and other furniture parts using hand and power tools
Operate sewing machines or sew upholstery materials by hand to seam cushions and join sections of covering materials
Install padding and underlays and fasten covering materials to furniture frames
Tack, glue or sew ornamental trim, braids or buttons on upholstered items
Lay out, cut, fabricate and install upholstery in aircrafts, motor vehicles, railway cars, boats and ships
May repair furniture frames and refinish wood surfaces
May make upholstery patterns from sketches, customer descriptions or blueprints
May install, fabricate, maintain and repair interior components of aircraft, such as seats, coverings, drapes, cargo nets, flooring, closets, bins and panels.
Completion of secondary school is usually required.
Completion of college or other specialized courses or an apprenticeship program in furniture upholstering and repair orSeveral years of on-the-job training, including working as an upholsterer helper are usually required.
Trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Quebec.
Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
Furniture and fixture assemblers and inspectors (9532)
Furniture finishers and refinishers (9534)
Supervisors of upholsterers in furniture manufacturing (in 9224 Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing)
Upholsterer helpers (in 9619 Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities)
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