Profession furniture upholsterer

Furniture upholsterers provide furniture with padding, springs, webbing and covers. Sometimes they have to remove old padding, filling and broken strings before to replace them using tools such as a tack puller, chisel or mallet. The aim is to provide comfort and beauty to seats as backs of the furniture.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Furniture trends

    The latest trends and manfacturers in the furniture industry.

  • Furniture industry

    Companies and activities involved in the design, manufacture, distribution and sale of functional and decorative objects of household equipment.

  • Upholstery fillings

    Materials used to fill soft furniture like upholstered chairs or mattresses must have several properties such as resilience, lightness, high-bulk properties. They can be fillings of animal origin such as feathers, of vegetal origin such as cotton wool or of synthetic fibers.

  • Textile materials

    Have a good understanding of the properties of different textile materials.

  • Upholstery tools

    Set of tools used for upholstering furniture, walls and floors such as staple gun, foam cutter, staple remover.

Skills

  • Decorate furniture

    Use techniques such as gilding, silver-plating, framing or engraving to add specific decorations in the material of the furniture.

  • Cut textiles

    Cut textiles fitting to customers' desires and needs.

  • Provide customized upholstery

    Install custom upholstery, according to the customer's individual requests and preferences.

  • Sew textile-based articles

    Sew different products based on textiles and wearing apparel articles. Combine good hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, and physical and mental stamina.

  • Use manual sewing techniques

    Use manuel sewing and stitching techniques to manufacture or repair fabrics or textile-based articles.

  • Sew pieces of fabric

    Operate basic or specialised sewing machines whether domestic or industrial ones, sewing pieces of fabric, vinyl or leather in order to manufacture or repair wearing apparels, making sure the threads are selected according to specifications.

  • Fasten components

    Fasten components together according to blueprints and technical plans in order to create subassemblies or finished products.

  • Clean furniture

    Remove dirt, marks and other unwanted material from furniture.

  • Install spring suspension

    Nail down the springs to the wooden frame of a chair or other piece of furniture to be upholstered. In the case of mattresses, check the structure holding the springs for defects and fix the layers of protective fabrics to cover the spring suspension.

  • Perform upholstery repair

    Repair/restore damaged upholstery for a wide range of vehicles; use materials such as fabric, leather, plastic or vinyl.

  • Create patterns for textile products

    Create a two-dimensional model used to cut the material for textile products such as tents and bags, or for individual pieces needed for upholstery work.

Optional knowledge and skills

manipulate wood sell furniture evaluate restoration procedures identify customer's needs artificially age furniture prepare furniture for application of paint handle delivery of furniture goods sell household goods fix minor scratches design prototypes design original furniture estimate restoration costs apply restoration techniques manipulate metal paint decorative designs pass on trade techniques apply a protective layer repair furniture parts