Upholsterer

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

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    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

    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

    Skills employers are looking for

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