Chair Upholsterer

Upholster chairs having no springs.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Chair Upholsterers do?

Upholsters chairs having no springs: Cuts out and molds padding material in place on arms, seats, or backs, and covers padding with cotton wadding. Stretches and tacks or staples canvas, burlap, or denim over wadding, leaving opening for further filling. Molds and packs wadding under cover, using hands or rod to eliminate lumps. Closes opening with tacks when packing is completed. Stretches precut upholstery covering over covered padding and tacks it in place. Sews or glues trimming over tacks and raw edges of upholstery. May glue foam cushions to particleboard backing to form seat cushions for chairs. May glue upholstery material onto shaped foam to make cushions for upholstered furniture.


Should I be a Chair Upholsterer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Casket Upholsterer, Spring Upholsterer

    How to become a Chair Upholsterer

    Chair Upholsterers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Chair Upholsterer-related education!
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