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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.


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.

Typical 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.

Common job titles

Foreman, shop, trim
Maker, case (mattress, upholstery mfr)
Trimmer (vehicle mfr)
Finisher, quilt
Trimmer, carriage
Maker, cushion
Coverer, Rexine
Trimmer (railway workshops)
Hand, bench (coach trimming)
Maker, bed (mattress mfr)
Stitcher, mattress
Foreman (mattress mfr)
Edger (mattress mfr)
Maker, cover, mattress
Trimmer (furniture mfr)
Maker, mattress
Fitter, furnishing
Trimmer, upholsterer's
Foreman (upholstering)
Fitter, upholsterer's
Trimmer, board, floor (coach trimming)
Maker, pad (upholstery mfr)
Maker, hassock
Trimmer, seat, car
Maker, mattress, interior, spring
Trimmer, car
Trimmer, coach
Trimmer, leather (vehicle mfr)
Manufacturer (mattress mfr)
Maker, curtain
Furnisher, soft
Trimmer, body, car
Packer, flock (mattress mfr)
Trimmer, motor
Trimmer (aircraft mfr)
Filler (mattress, upholstery mfr)
Finisher (coach trimming)
Maker, eiderdown
Fitter, curtain