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Apprentice Upholsterer : Total Refurb



15th October 2018

About the employer
Total Refurb have been restoring furniture since 1992 and prides itself on being the company to call for all your furniture refurbishment needs.

Dave Burroughs, who founded the company, has been in the furniture trade since 1968 and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to offer. He worked his way up from the shop floor to become a manager of a very successful furniture manufacturer that has exported across the globe.


Working week
Days/hours TBC. Meeting NMW for an apprentice £3.70 per hour Hours Per Week: 40 Hours. Total hours per week: 40.00
Apprenticeship duration
15 months


Duties of an upholsterer could include:

  • Stripping down items of furniture from covers back to the wooden frame
  • Prepare frames for upholstery including adding different densities of foams and fibres
  • Using a wide range of spring systems including serpentine, super loop, box spring units
  • Filling cushions using fibre, foam and feathers
  • Working with a large range of materials including fabrics and leathers
  • Cutting various materials for ready for upholstery
  • Tension and straining materials to position them
  • Patten matching fabrics within tolerance
  • Using a range of trimmings and finishing’s including buttons, facings, piping and decorative studs
  • Using traditional methods such as slip stitch, tacking and hand sewing
  • Using traditional fillings including coir fibre, horse hair, hessian and cotton felt
  • Using wide range compressed air equipment including clip, frame, staple, pin and vertex guns
  • Use a range of hand tools including scissors, shears, staple lifter, tin snips, hammers mallets and pincers
  • Creating different types of pleats including scroll arm, envelope and puckering
  • Cutting materials with templates
  • Sewing fabrics ready for upholstery
  • Good housekeeping and general labouring duties
  • Good organisation workloads ready production
  • Working with mechanical components from recliner actions to bed actions
  • Completing leather repair and service work to furniture
  • Checking and ordering new stock, managing storage of stock
  • Assisting with the collection and delivering of furniture; including heavy lifting
  • Working as part of a team on piece work production
  • Working independently, using your own initiative

Closing Date

The closing date for this job offer is on 23/11/2018




This job is located in Woodbridge, Suffolk

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