An upholsterer padding a sofa with open framing in the upholsterer shop

Upholsterer

Upholsterers make, rebuild and repair upholstered articles such as chairs, sofas, beds and mattresses.

Overview

Upholsterers make, rebuild and repair upholstered articles such as chairs, sofas, beds and mattresses.

Day-to-day

  • conferring with clients to determine materials and cost of furniture items to be made or repaired
  • making and repairing wooden frames, and removing and replacing defective springs
  • removing coverings, webbing and padding from old furniture
  • securing material, padding, springs and webbing to articles to be upholstered
  • measuring and cutting materials and covering furniture
  • seaming cushions and joining sections of covering material
  • attaching ornamental trims, braids and buttons
  • padding and covering spring units to upholster mattresses
  • may finish wooden surfaces on furniture
  • may remove stains from fabric.

Considerations

  • physically demanding.

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Apprenticeships may be available

To become an Upholsterer

  • You can work as an Upholsterer without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in upholstery or soft furnishings is usually required. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

    Take a Certificate III in Upholstery

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