Upholsterers (NOC 6345)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2017-2019)
Minimum Not published
Median Not published
Maximum Not published
Job prospect
(2019-2023)
Employment in 2018
1,500
Skill level
Technical (usually a college or secondary school vocational diploma)

Occupation targeted by the Workplace Apprenticeship Program

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Nature of work

Upholsterers cover furniture, fixtures and similar items with fabric, leather or other upholstery materials. They are employed by furniture, aircraft, motor vehicle and other manufacturing companies, furniture retail outlets and repair shops or they may be self-employed.

Main duties

  • Upholsterers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Discuss upholstery fabric, colour, and style with customers and provide cost estimate for upholstering furniture or other items
  • - Lay out, measure and cut upholstery materials according to sketches or design specifications
  • - Replace worn-out webbing, springs and other furniture parts using hand and power tools
  • - Continued…
  • - Operate sewing machines or sew upholstery materials by hand to seam cushions and join sections of covering materials
  • - Install padding and underlays and fasten covering materials to furniture frames
  • - Tack, glue or sew ornamental trim, braids or buttons on upholstered items
  • - Lay out, cut, fabricate and install upholstery in aircrafts, motor vehicles, railway cars, boats and ships
  • - May repair furniture frames and refinish wood surfaces
  • - May make upholstery patterns from sketches, customer descriptions or blueprints
  • - May install, fabricate, maintain and repair interior components of aircraft, such as seats, coverings, drapes, cargo nets, flooring, closets, bins and panels.

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • * Completion of college or other specialized courses or an apprenticeship program in furniture upholstering and repair or Several years of on-the-job training, including working as an upholsterer helper are usually required.

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