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Job holders in this unit group upholster vehicle, aircraft and other seating, fix trimmings to the interiors of vehicles and aircraft, upholster furniture such as chairs and sofas, and make mattresses, curtains and other soft furnishings.


  • Measures, cuts, pins, sews and trims fabrics to make curtains, cushions, loose covers and similar soft furnishings.
  • Replaces covering, padding, webbing or springs to repair upholstered furniture.
  • Encases bed springs and padding with selected covering material by hand or machine stitching and fits castors where required.
  • Operates machine to compress padded spring assemblies and inserts them into mattress covers.
  • Pins sections of coverings together, joins by sewing and inserts trims, braids and buttons as required and fits upholstery unit to frame.
  • Pads springs and secures padding by stitching, stapling, tacking, etc..
  • Tacks and staples or otherwise secures webbing to furniture frame.
  • Measures frame to be covered or examines drawings or other specifications and cuts material with shears, knife or scissors.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 21% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for upholsterer is £18,728

302 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 302. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for upholsterer roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £18,728 per year. That is about £1,561 per month or £9.60 per hour. New workers generally start on £14,353, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £38,414

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 302 people are employed in the region.

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