Upholsters make and repair furniture with soft, padded textile covering features, such as armchairs, sofas and bedheads. This involves choosing, measuring, cutting, fitting and sewing fabric and leather materials. Upholsterers work on household furnishings, and in the interior of cars and aeroplanes.

Job details

  •  Location: Vancouver, BC
  •  Salary: 18.00 to 34.62 hourly for 40 hours per week
  •  Terms of employment: Permanent employment
    Full time
  •  Day, Weekend, Overtime, Early Morning, Morning
  •  Start date: Starts as soon as possible
  •  vacancies: 1 vacancy

Upholsterers make and repair upholstery for automobiles, aircraft, and household furniture. Their job is to select the correct materials for the job and upholster items according to the design specifications. They may also work to restore and refurbish items such as couches, chairs, and car seats.

We are looking to hire a skilled upholsterer to make and repair upholstery for our clients. In this role, you will be responsible for meeting with the client or design agent, selecting the appropriate materials for the job, and installing the upholstery to meet the desired specifications. You may also be required to dismantle and rebuild furniture in which the upholstery has been replaced.

To ensure success as an upholsterer, you should have in-depth knowledge of modern upholstery techniques, a good eye for detail, and the ability to visualize design ideas. A top-class Upholsterer perfectly translates the ideas of the client into high-quality furnishings.

Upholsterer Responsibilities:

  • Meeting with clients and design agents to discuss upholstery ideas.
  • Interpreting design orders and creating upholstery stencils.
  • Selecting and sourcing upholstery materials.
  • Dismantling furniture for upholstery preparation.
  • Measuring and cutting leather or fabric with the aid of design stencils.
  • Installing foam and batting to the furniture framework.
  • Installing and repairing furniture webbing and seating springs.
  • Stretching out and installing fabric or leather coverings.
  • Stitching, gluing, and nailing fabric into place.
  • Smoothing out imperfections.
  • Conducting quality checks on completed orders.
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Upholsterer Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Proven work experience as an upholsterer.
  • Excellent design skills.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Ability to draw and interpret design templates.
  • Knowledge of upholstery tools including hot knives, nail guns, and sewing equipment.
  • Ability to lift, pull, and manipulate heavy objects.
  • Ability to stand, kneel, and walk for up to eight hours a day.






  • Secondary (high) school graduation certificate


2 years to less than 3 years

Work setting

  • Urban area



  • Lay out, cut, fabricate and install upholstery
  • Repair furniture frames and refinish wood surfaces

Experience and specialization

Type of materials

  • Leather
  • Plastic

Specialization or experience

  • Antique furniture and furnishings
  • Automotive interior
  • Furniture

Additional information

Transportation/travel information

  • Public transportation is available

Work conditions and physical capabilities

  • Manual dexterity
  • Attention to detail
  • Hand-eye co-ordination
  • Ability to distinguish between colours
  • Combination of sitting, standing, walking
  • Sitting
  • Bending, crouching, kneeling

Employment groups

This employer promotes equal employment opportunities for all job applicants, including those self-identifying as a member of these groups: Indigenous people, Newcomers to Canada, Veterans, Visible minorities


Who can apply to this job?

Only apply to this job if:

  • You are a Canadian citizen, a permanent or a temporary resident of Canada.
  • You have a valid Canadian work permit.

If you are not authorized to work in Canada, do not apply. The employer will not respond to your application.

How to apply

By email

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