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Furniture restorer

Furniture restorers repair and conserve modern and antique pieces of furniture.

Potential salary
£20,000 to £35,000
Working hours
42 to 44 variable
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to work on your own
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • working out the best way to conserve or restore a piece of furniture
  • advising customers about restoration options
  • estimating prices and giving quotes
  • gathering the materials needed for a job
  • using techniques like woodturning, veneering and marquetry
  • mixing and applying colours and stains
  • gilding, polishing and upholstering items
  • keeping photographic and written records of the process

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in a factory or in a workshop.

Your working environment may be dusty.

You could set up your own furniture restoration business, carrying out work for organisations and the public, or work as a consultant for museums, auction houses, historical or heritage sites, or antique dealers.

You can find out more about training and careers in furniture restoration and conservation through: The Institute of Conservation and The British Antique Furniture Restorers' Association

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