Upholsterers

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Also known as:  Aircraft Seat Upholsterer, Auto Upholsterer, Chair Upholsterer, Dining Chair Seat Cushion Trimmer, Furniture Upholsterer, Seating Upholsterer

ABOUT UPHOLSTERER CAREERS

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Through the centuries, one way to provide comfort, as well as display wealth, has been through the work of upholsterers. From palaces to Main Street, a fine piece of craftsmanship blending fabric and frame has always been a source of material satisfaction. Upholstery is a craft handed from artisan t ...
o artisan through on -the-job training. Often, it is handed down through generations, but nowadays this useful craft can be learned at a vocational school as well.

The process always starts with the frame - either a newly created one or an old frame which the upholsterer might repair with gluing or refinishing. That's just the beginning of many intricate hand-worked processes, using materials such as springs and webbing and fillers like foam and polyester.

Upholsterers then measure and cut fabric, which is then sewn, tacked, stapled, or glued to the frame. Then come ornaments like fringes, rivets, and buttons. To do all this, you have to be comfortable bending and twisting. Upholsterers use common hand tools such as tack hammers, staple guns, staple removers, pliers, shears, webbing stretchers and upholstery needles. Special sewing machines are also used. Obviously, with that kind of equipment in use, protective gloves and clothing are often used.

All upholsterers need physical stamina, good coordination and precision. Talent in selecting color, design, and fabric will also contribute to success. The primary ways to advance in this field are to open your own shop or to move into management. For both of these options, you will need to have both business and people skills.
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Make, repair, or replace upholstery for household furniture or transportation vehicles.
Leadership
LOW
Critical decision making
LOW
Level of responsibilities
LOW
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
LOW
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
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DAILY TASKS
Remove covering, webbing, padding, and/or defective springs from workpieces, using hand tools such as hammers and tack pullers.
Examine furniture frames, upholstery, springs, and webbing to locate defects.
Attach fasteners, grommets, buttons, buckles, ornamental trim, and other accessories to covers or frames, using hand tools.
Build furniture up with loose fiber stuffing, cotton, felt, and/or foam padding to form smooth rounded surfaces.
Fit, install, and secure material on frames, using hand tools, power tools, glue, cement, and/or staples.
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Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Controlling Machines and Processes Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
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Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
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Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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