3933 Upholsterers

Upholsterers make, rebuild and repair upholstered articles such as chairs, sofas, beds and mattresses.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

    At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

    Tasks Include:

    • conferring with clients to determine materials and cost of furniture items to be made or repaired
    • making and repairing wooden frames, and removing and replacing defective springs
    • removing coverings, webbing and padding from old furniture
    • securing material, padding, springs and webbing to articles to be upholstered
    • measuring and cutting materials and covering furniture
    • seaming cushions and joining sections of covering material
    • attaching ornamental trims, braids and buttons
    • padding and covering spring units to upholster mattresses
    • may finish wooden surfaces on furniture
    • may remove stains from fabric


    • 393311 Upholsterer

    393311 Upholsterer

    Makes, rebuilds and repairs upholstered articles such as chairs, sofas, beds and mattresses.

    Skill Level: 3


    • Furniture Upholsterer
    • Mattress Maker