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Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

Service Contract Act Directory of Occupations

09130 Upholsterer

Repairs and rebuilds upholstered furniture, using hand tools and knowledge of fabrics and upholstery methods. Removes covering, webbing and padding from seat, arms, back and sides of workpiece, using tack puller, chisel, and mallet. Removes defective springs by cutting cords or wires that hold them in place. Replaces webbing and springs or reties springs. Measures and cuts new covering material. Installs material on inside of arms, back, and seat, and over outside back and arms of wooden frame. Tacks or sews ornamental trim, such as braid and buttons, to cover and frame. May operate sewing machine to seam cushions and join various sections of covering materials. May repair wooden frame of workpiece. May repair seats from various types of vehicles. May repair a variety of items requiring special shaping, cushioning and covering including aircraft insulation and soundproofing panels. May repair special devices and assemblies and other items such as carpets, inflatable shelters and tents made of canvas and other fabrics. In general, the work of an Upholsterer requires rounded training and experience usually acquired through considerable on-the-job training and experience.