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Upholsterer

Upholsterer using a staple gun to fix leather to a furniture frame

An upholsterer covers furniture frames with padding and fabric or leather to make beds, mattresses, chairs, sofas and the seats of cars, buses and trains.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting pay is usually around £18,000 a year. Experienced upholsterers can earn between £23,000 and £35,000 a year, or more. However if you make it into the expensive specialist markets such as one-offs in luxurious fabrics, then you can earn much more.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
461
1.1 %
RISE
2029
466
  United Kingdom
2024
11225
2.8 %
RISE
2029
11543

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

Training

Getting On

With experience and qualifications you may go on to:

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers
E-mail: enquiries@amusf.org
Website: https://amusf.org/
Twitter: @THE_AMUSF
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/the.amusf

Furniture Makers' Company
Tel: 020 7256 5558
E-mail: hello@furnituremakers.org.uk
Website: http://www.furnituremakers.org.uk/
Twitter: @FurnitureMkrsCo
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/furnituremakerscompany/

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