NOC 6345 – Upholsterers


  • aircraft custom upholsterer
  • aircraft furnishing technician
  • aircraft interior technician
  • aircraft patternmaker and upholsterer
  • aircraft upholsterer
  • automobile upholsterer
  • automotive upholsterer
  • casket upholsterer
  • chair upholsterer
  • custom upholsterer
  • furniture upholsterer
  • industrial upholsterer
  • patternmaker and upholsterer, aircraft
  • patternmaker-upholsterer
  • preparation upholsterer
  • production upholsterer
  • railway car upholsterer
  • repairer, upholstery
  • re-upholsterer
  • upholsterer
  • upholsterer, aircraft
  • upholsterer, railway car
  • upholstery mechanic
  • upholstery repairer
  • vehicle upholstery repairer

Job Duties

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.

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of college or other specialized courses or an apprenticeship program in furniture upholstering and repair or Several years of on-the-job training, including working as an upholsterer helper are usually required.
  • Trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Quebec.

Additional Information

  • 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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