£11,440 Average salary at age 20
£20,280 Average Salary
34 Average hours per week


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.

Main Tasks

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


There are no formal academic requirements although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades. Training is provided off- and on-the-job. NVQs/ SVQs in Upholstered Furniture Production are available at Level 2.

UK Prospects

19000 Workforce Size
4.78% Predicted decline 2024 - 2027
1513 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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