Upholsterers

(NOC 6345)

in All Sales and Service

Upholsterers cover furniture, fixtures and similar items with fabric, leather or other upholstery materials. They work at furniture, aircraft, motor vehicle and other manufacturing companies, furniture retail outlets and repair shops or they may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Sales and Service

  • Estimate -505 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 6125 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia, with employment around 75. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Upholsterers most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a large percentage of the workforce is self-employed which should be an important consideration for those thinking about employment in the occupation.

The median employment income for 47% of Upholsterers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$5,956

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Sales and Service

Hourly Pay

$12.55

Minimum

$18.36

Median

$22.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,949

Minimum

$16,629

Median

$45,086

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Upholsterers cover furniture, fixtures and similar items with fabric, leather or other upholstery materials. They work at furniture, aircraft, motor vehicle and other manufacturing companies, furniture retail outlets and repair shops or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

Upholsterers:

  • 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 designs.
  • Replace worn-out webbing, springs and other furniture parts using hand and power tools.
  • Use 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, make 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 like seats, coverings, drapes, cargo nets, flooring, closets, bins and panels.

Sample job titles

  • automobile apholsterer
  • custom upholsterer
  • furniture upholsterer
  • upholsterer
  • upholstery repairer

Skills

You must be patient and capable of precise and exact work. Good eyesight, motor skills, and hand-eye coordination are also necessary. You must be able to follow directions closely and accept instructions from both clients and supervisors.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • College or other specialized courses or an apprenticeship program in furniture upholstering and repair or several years of on-the-job training, including working as an upholsterer helper are usually required.

Other considerations

Movement to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

75

employed in 2016

73.3%

employed full-time

86.7%

self employed

0.0%
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100%
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58.2

median age

Compared to: All Sales and Service

102,605

employed in 2016

56.4%

employed full-time

5.8%

self employed

60.1%
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39.9%
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37

median age

Where will I likely work?

43.8%

Halifax

31.3%

Annapolis Valley

25.0%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

100.0%

Other services (except public administration)

What is the age of Employment?

47.0%

55-64

24.0%

65+

18.0%

35-44

12.0%

45-54

Compared to: All Sales and Service

30.0%

15-24

17.2%

45-54

17.2%

25-34

16.1%

55-64

13.8%

35-44

Top levels of education

50.0%

Less than high school

N/A
25.0%

High school

N/A
18.8%

Trades certificate

N/A
12.5%

Bachelor's degree

N/A

Compared to: All Sales and Service

39.8%

High school

$15,705 median annual income
19.7%

Less than high school

$9,866 median annual income
19.5%

College certificate or diploma

$20,644 median annual income
9.9%

Bachelor's degree

$21,262 median annual income
8.0%

Trades certificate

$21,234 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Upholstery/upholsterer

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to install springs, filling, padding, covering and finishing on items such as furniture, automobile seats, caskets, mattresses, and bedsprings.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

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