Upholsterers (NOC 6345)

About this job


  • cover furniture, fixtures and similar items with fabric, leather or other upholstery materials
  • work for furniture, aircraft, motor vehicle and other manufacturing companies, furniture retail outlets and repair shops
  • may be self-employed
Common job titles
  • patternmaker and upholsterer
  • preparation upholsterer
  • re-upholsterer
  • technician, aircraft furnishing
  • upholsterer, casket
  • upholsterer, custom


Upholsterers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • discuss upholstery fabric, colour, and style with customers and provide cost estimate for upholstering furniture or other items
  • lay out, measure and cut upholstery materials according to sketches or design specifications
  • replace worn-out webbing, springs and other furniture parts using hand and power tools
  • operate sewing machines or sew upholstery materials by hand to seam cushions and join sections of covering materials
  • install padding and underlays and fasten covering materials to furniture frames
  • tack, glue or sew ornamental trim, braids or buttons on upholstered items
  • lay out, cut, fabricate and install upholstery in aircrafts, motor vehicles, railway cars, boats and ships
  • may repair furniture frames and refinish wood surfaces
  • may make upholstery patterns from sketches, customer descriptions or blueprints
  • may install, make, maintain and repair interior components of aircraft, such as seats, coverings, drapes, cargo nets, flooring, closets, bins and panels

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a controlled indoor environment.
  • Working with equipment, machinery or power/hand tools may be a source of injury.
  • There may be airborne particles such as textile dust in the workplace.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.