To be an upholstery trimmer, one must know how to rivet, sew, weld, staple, and do metal fabrication. Specifically, upholstery trimmers should have knowledge of hand and pneumatic riveting, machine and hand sewing, MIG welding, pneumatic stapling, and minor sheet metal fabrication.
Another skill you must have is to be able to work with electrical wiring. You must also be able to work independently in an effective manner. The tools you need to do this job include basic hand tools, such as drills, hammers, and bolts. The work is both mental and physical. You will have to perform tasks like drilling, gluing, welding, and stapling, but your work also has to be very detailed and well-crafted. Upholstery trimmers may work outside installing and repairing convertible cars, but they may also work inside repairing and renovating chairs, carpets, and doors.
A high school diploma is needed for this position. Upholstery trimmers will be working with clients and customers because the latter parties will be hiring them. Also, upholstery trimmers who work for a business will most likely have coworkers who are other upholstery trimmers, as well as shop managers. The typical day of an upholstery trimmer may include repairing many different types of products, such as cars, trucks, chairs, and doors.
Upholstery Trimmer Tasks
Originally cover or reupholster furniture with fabric or synthetic material.
Provide restoration services to the wooden or metal frames of reupholstered furniture.
Customize furniture upholstery design according to designer specifications.
Measure, cut, stretch, and fasten coverings to frames of furniture.