Upholsterers and related workers

Role Responsibilities

  • Discussing upholstery fabric, colour and style with customers and providing cost estimates for upholstering furniture or other items
  • Making upholstery patterns from sketches, customer descriptions or blueprints
  • Laying out, measuring and cutting upholstery materials following patterns, templates, sketches, or design specifications
  • Installing, arranging and securing springs, padding and covering material to furniture frames
  • Sewing upholstery materials by hand to seam cushions and joining sections of covering materials
  • Sewing rips or tears in material, or creating tufting, using needle and thread
  • Tacking, gluing or sewing ornamental trims, buckles, braids, buttons and other accessories to covers or frames on upholstered items
  • Laying out, cutting, fabricating and installing upholstery in aircrafts, motor vehicles, railway cars, boats and ships
  • Repairing raw hide coverings of artificial limbs
  • Renovating antique furniture using a variety of tools including ripping chisels, magnetic hammers and long needles
  • Collaborating with interior designers to decorate rooms and coordinate furnishing fabrics
  • Making quilts, cushions and mattresses

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