How to make upholstery your career?
Upholstery belongs to the craft professions. This profession has a fairly long history and is still very successful to this day. This is due to the fact that his work is currently enjoying growing demand. So let’s take a closer look at what the upholstery profession really is like.
How to become an upholsterer?
The basic condition for the profession of an upholsterer is the completion of vocational school in this particular direction. During education, the student learns the theoretical knowledge about the upholsterer’s profession and acquires practical skills during apprenticeships performed under the supervision of qualified upholsterers.
What does the upholstery do?
In short, the upholsterer’s responsibilities include upholstery (and upholstery repair) for furniture, cars and other products. However, the practical range of upholsterer’s competences is much wider.
- Furniture upholstery – this is the basic task of the upholsterer. I think everyone has sofas, sofas or armchairs upholstered in their home. This eventually wears out and deteriorates. The task of the upholsterer is to repair such upholstery or to replace it completely. This applies to both hard and soft furniture. What’s more, these craftsmen also renovate furniture, especially antique furniture. For this furniture, the upholstery retains the old methods of upholstery production. It is worth remembering that the duties of this industry also include the renovation of furniture elements made of wood – both antique and newer.
- Car interior upholstery – the upholstery deals with interior renovation of passenger cars, trucks and buses. His competence also includes replacement of upholstery in cars. Upholstery activities include areas of cars such as seats, seat covers, headlining, roof covers (including sunroofs) and door panels. In the case of buses, the upholstery also deals with the replacement of curtains and floor coverings.
- Making upholstered furniture – items such as poufs, sofas, chairs, sofa beds, couches, car seats, but also decorative items such as curtains, drapes, rugs and carpets can be created in the hands of the upholsterer.
- Finishing and decorating upholstery products with haberdashery, quilting or other types of decorations.
- Small services such as soundproofing doors, dressing buttons, arranging carpets or creating covers for furniture.
What does the upholsterer look like?
The upholsterer uses various materials and fabrics in his work. They include, above all, leather and velvet. The upholsterer chooses the right material, taking into account the specific piece of furniture, but also the customer’s suggestion, if any. In his work he uses hand tools, which include, first of all, needles, shears, pincers, a hammer, pins, as well as screwdrivers as well as locksmith and carpentry tools. Of course, upholstering machines also require pneumatic staplers, as well as machines for sewing, stitching and cutting upholstery materials.