Upholsterers fix, repair, and/or make fabric covered furniture. The work requires a high degree of manual dexterity, skill with tools, and great attention to detail. Upholsterers can find work in antique shops, at furniture manufacturers, furniture stores, working in auto repair shops, or operating their own private upholstery business.
Upholstery schools provide training in all the skills required. These include an understanding of furniture constructions, tools, and covering materials, such as fabrics, leathers, webbing, and stuffing. Other items are taught as well, such as the use of buttons, fringes, rivets, stuffing material, and more.