Upholsterer  What They Do

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Upholsterers Career Video



Makes, repairs, or replaces upholstery for household furniture or transportation vehicles.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Fits, installs, and secures material on frames, using hand tools, power tools, glue, cement, or staples.
  • Builds furniture up with loose fiber stuffing, cotton, felt, or foam padding to form smooth, rounded surfaces.
  • Examines furniture frames, upholstery, springs, and webbing to locate defects.
  • Attaches fasteners, grommets, buttons, buckles, ornamental trim, and other accessories to covers or frames, using hand tools.
  • Removes covering, webbing, padding, or defective springs from workpieces, using hand tools such as hammers and tack pullers.
  • Reads work orders, and applies knowledge and experience with materials to determine types and amounts of materials required to cover workpieces.
  • Draws cutting lines on material following patterns, templates, sketches, or blueprints, using chalk, pencils, paint, or other methods.
  • Makes, restores, or creates custom upholstered furniture, using hand tools and knowledge of fabrics and upholstery methods.
  • Measures and cuts new covering materials, using patterns and measuring and cutting instruments, following sketches and design specifications.
  • Maintains records of time required to perform each job.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 50 lbs., sometimes up to 100 lbs. You will need a lot of strength at this level.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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