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.
- Measures and cuts new covering materials, using patterns and measuring and cutting instruments, following sketches and design specifications.
- Builds furniture up with loose fiber stuffing, cotton, felt, or foam padding to form smooth, rounded surfaces.
- Makes, restores, or creates custom upholstered furniture, using hand tools and knowledge of fabrics and upholstery methods.
- Reads work orders, and applies knowledge and experience with materials to determine types and amounts of materials required to cover workpieces.
- Examines furniture frames, upholstery, springs, and webbing to locate defects.
- Adjusts or replaces webbing, padding, or springs, and secures them in place.
- Sews rips or tears in material, or creates tufting, using needles and thread.
- Removes covering, webbing, padding, or defective springs from workpieces, using hand tools such as hammers and tack pullers.
- Attaches fasteners, grommets, buttons, buckles, ornamental trim, and other accessories to covers or frames, using hand tools.