A furniture upholsterer layers fabric on new or existing sofa frames using hand tools and power tools; sometimes sewing machines are used in this work as well. Tasks performed by upholsterers include removing old sofa parts such as coverings, webbings and springs, as well as replacing sofa covers, stuffing pillows and other parts of the sofa, and fixing broken springs. All tasks must be performed within deadlines and to the standards of their employer and clients. Furniture upholsters may also provide input to clients on designs and color schemes for upholstery. These professionals must have the ability to physically perform duties of their position, such as lifting heavy objects, bending, stooping and standing for long periods of time. A furniture upholsterer can work for a company or directly with clients on a freelance basis.
A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent is sometimes needed for furniture upholsterer positions, and previous experience with upholstering is frequently required or preferred. A valid driver’s license is often required as well, as this job frequently requires travel to various locations to conduct upholstering or pick up furniture. Customer service skills are essential in this position to ensure repeat customers, positive reviews and referrals to new clients. Basic mathematical skills are needed to make accurate measurements, and furniture upholsterers must pay close attention to detail, have good physical coordination and have good manual dexterity.
Furniture Upholsterer Tasks
- Customize furniture upholstery design according to designer specifications.
- Measure, cut, stretch, and fasten coverings to frames of furniture.
- Originally cover or reupholster furniture with fabric or synthetic material.
- Provide restoration services to the wooden or metal frames of reupholstered furniture.