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Upholsterer

Alternative titles for this job include

Upholsterers pad, cover and re-cover furniture with materials like leather, suede or cotton.

Average salary (a year)

£12,000 Starter

to

£25,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

43 to 45 a week

You could work

freelance / self-employed managing your own hours

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How to become an upholsterer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • specialist courses run by professional bodies

College

You could take a college course, like a:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Upholstery
  • Level 2 Diploma in Furnishings

Courses like these may be useful when looking for a trainee job with a company.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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Apprenticeship

You could do a furniture manufacturer intermediate apprenticeship or upholsterer advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

You may be able to get work as a trainee upholsterer, without any experience. You would then do qualifications and get experience on the job.

Other Routes

You can train for upholstery qualifications with the The Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers. These may be useful when looking for a job or help if you're looking to set up your own business.

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Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF).

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • design skills and knowledge
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • planning work, advising on fabrics and estimating costs
  • preparing patterns and templates
  • cutting fabric to correct measurements
  • fixing webbing and springs
  • covering furniture frames with padding and fabric, using stitching, staples, tacks or glue
  • making soft furnishings like cushions
  • adding trimmings like piping, fringing and buttons
  • removing old upholstery and repairing frames before re-upholstering

Working environment

You could work at a client's business, at a client's home or in a factory.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into a supervisory or management position.

You could specialise in re-upholstering antique furniture or work in interior design. You could also become self-employed.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Furniture Manufacturing Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £156.00 Weekly
  • Location: Nottingham

Furniture and Mattress Maker Apprentice

  • Wage: £174.00 - £328.40 Weekly
  • Location: Exeter

Courses In England

Modern Upholstery - Level 2 Diploma

  • Provider: CHICHESTER COLLEGE GROUP
  • Start date: 15 September 2022
  • Location: Chichester

Traditional Upholstery - Level 2 Diploma

  • Provider: CHICHESTER COLLEGE GROUP
  • Start date: 14 September 2022
  • Location: Pulborough

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