- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with your hands
- the ability to use your initiative
- to be flexible and open to change
- knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
- design skills and knowledge
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- planning work, advising on fabrics and estimating costs
- preparing patterns and templates
- cutting fabric to correct measurements
- fixing webbing and springs
- covering furniture frames with padding and fabric, using stitching, staples, tacks or glue
- making soft furnishings like cushions
- adding trimmings like piping, fringing and buttons
- removing old upholstery and repairing frames before re-upholstering
You could work at a client's business, at a client's home or in a factory.
Your working environment may be physically demanding.
With experience, you could move into a supervisory or management position.
You could specialise in re-upholstering antique furniture or work in interior design. You could also become self-employed.