Makes, rebuilds and repairs upholstered articles such as chairs, sofas, beds and mattresses.
Training time 3 years - 48 months
Average pay $46,046
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 1,200

What does a Upholsterer do?

  • conferring with clients to determine materials and cost of furniture items to be made or repaired
  • making and repairing wooden frames, and removing and replacing defective springs
  • removing coverings, webbing and padding from old furniture
  • securing material, padding, springs and webbing to articles to be upholstered
  • measuring and cutting materials and covering furniture
  • seaming cushions and joining sections of covering material
  • attaching ornamental trims, braids and buttons
  • padding and covering spring units to upholster mattresses
  • may finish wooden surfaces on furniture


  • Furniture Upholsterer
  • Mattress Maker

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate III in Upholstery