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Upholsterers

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Make, repair, or replace upholstery for household furniture or transportation vehicles.

    Work Activities
    • Fit, install, and secure material on frames, using hand tools, power tools, glue, cement, or staples.
    • Measure and cut new covering materials, using patterns and measuring and cutting instruments, following sketches and design specifications.
    • Build furniture up with loose fiber stuffing, cotton, felt, or foam padding to form smooth, rounded surfaces.
    • Make, restore, or create custom upholstered furniture, using hand tools and knowledge of fabrics and upholstery methods.
    • Read work orders, and apply knowledge and experience with materials to determine types and amounts of materials required to cover workpieces.
    • Draw cutting lines on material following patterns, templates, sketches, or blueprints, using chalk, pencils, paint, or other methods.
    • Stretch webbing and fabric, using webbing stretchers.
    • Operate sewing machines or sew upholstery by hand to seam cushions and join various sections of covering material.
    • Examine furniture frames, upholstery, springs, and webbing to locate defects.
    • Adjust or replace webbing, padding, or springs, and secure them in place.
    • Sew rips or tears in material, or create tufting, using needles and thread.
    • Design upholstery cover patterns and cutting plans, based on sketches, customer descriptions, or blueprints.
    • Maintain records of time required to perform each job.
    • Remove covering, webbing, padding, or defective springs from workpieces, using hand tools such as hammers and tack pullers.
    • Attach fasteners, grommets, buttons, buckles, ornamental trim, and other accessories to covers or frames, using hand tools.
    • Discuss upholstery fabrics, colors, and styles with customers, and provide cost estimates.
    • Pick up and deliver furniture.
    • Repair furniture frames and refinish exposed wood.
    • Attach bindings or apply solutions to edges of cut material to prevent raveling.
    • Interweave and fasten strips of webbing to the backs and undersides of furniture, using small hand tools and fasteners.
    • Collaborate with interior designers to decorate rooms and coordinate furnishing fabrics.
    • Make, repair, or replace automobile upholstery and convertible and vinyl tops, using knowledge of fabric and upholstery methods.
    Skills
    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Active Learning

      Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • 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.

    • 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.

    Knowledge
    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • 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.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $34,240/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $16.46/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 1,030
    • Yearly Projected Openings 100
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Initiative
    • Social Orientation
    Tools
    • Tensioners
    • Sewing needles
    • Punches or nail sets or drifts
    • Pullers
    • Hammers
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Presentation software
    • Office suite software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Accounting software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.