Outside Upholsterer/ Trimmer

Takes pre-cut and sometimes partially assembled pieces of upholstery fabric and attaches them to the frame. This may involve matching patterns and also may include attaching buttons, decorative nail heads, tacks or other ornamental trim. Using mostly a powered staple gun and smaller hand tools, this work requires precise and skillful use of hands and fingers. Your work adds all the final details and completes a piece of upholstered furniture.


Education Required

Most companies require a high school diploma or equivalent.

9 Companies Hiring

Ashley Furniture / Ecru, MS

Ashley Furniture / Leesport, PA

Ashley Furniture / Arcadia, WI

Best Home Furnishings / Ferdinand, IN

Century Furniture / Hickory, NC

Craftmaster Furniture, Inc. / Taylorsville, NC

Sam Moore / Bedford, VA

Sherrill Company / Hickory, NC

Vanguard Furniture / Conover, NC

What does an Outside Upholsterer/ Trimmer do?

Reads work orders and applies knowledge and experience to determine types and amounts of materials required to cover furniture.
Attaches fasteners, grommets, buttons, buckles, ornamental trim, and other accessories to covers or frames using hand tools.
Examines furniture frames, upholstery, springs, and webbing to locate defects.
May make, restore, or create custom upholstered furniture using hand tools and knowledge of fabrics and upholstery methods.

What skills and abilities will I need?

Very good hand-eye coordination
Strong attention to detail
Good problem-solving skills
Frequent bending, pulling and standing is also required, and you will need to lift up to 25 pounds
Pass a drug test, background check and E-verify screening

How much training will I need?

Manufacturing training requirements vary. Some manufacturers offer on the job training. Or, you can check with your local community college for training programs.

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