Full-time upholsterer, East London


Shoreditch Design Rooms offers a highly skilled and innovative upholstery service from the SDR studio.   Our reputation is built on the finish and quality of the work that we produce and it’s something which we pride ourselves on.  We are looking for an enthusiastic, experienced upholsterer to join our friendly team on a full-time basis.

We can offer the right person the opportunity to work on a broad range of exciting projects in a supportive team environment where we constantly learn from each other.

The candidate should:

  • Have a high level of upholstery skills with proven industry experience over a number of years.
  • Be experienced in both modern and traditional techniques.
  • Have experience of workshop management.
  • Be able to advise clients on fabrics, design features and materials.
  • Have an excellent eye for detail, accuracy for pattern matching and cutting fabrics and be highly proficient in sewing and tailoring.
  • Confidence in creating accurate cutting plans and costing fabric.
  • Experience of estimating on projects.
  • Be able to work as part of a team or as an individual to produce high quality bespoke upholstery work.
  • Be highly motivated with excellent attention to detail, finishing and time management.

Job Type:  Full-time (Monday to Friday)
Hours:  9:00am – 6.00pm
Location:  Hackney (E2), London
Salary:  Competitive, based on experience

Part-time teacher East London

SHOREDITCH DESIGN ROOMS ARE HIRING:  Part-time teacher (teacher training provided)

Shoreditch Design Rooms is an upholstery training school and upholstery workshop in Hackney,  East London.    We teach both leisure upholstery courses and the AMUSF accredited upholstery qualification course.     We’ve built a reputation for creating exceptional work, it’s something we pride ourselves on and we aim to pass these skills and a pride in upholstery on to every student that learns with us.   We are looking for a part-time teacher to join our team.

Our priority is finding the very best person for the role, someone who is excited to be part of our hardworking team and the wider SDR community.   This means a really skilled upholsterer, but if you haven’t taught before, teacher training will be provided.

The candidate should:

  • Have a high level of both modern and traditional upholstery skills with proven industry experience over a number of years.
  • Have confidence in upholstering all kinds of large armchairs, both traditional and using modern techniques.
  • Be a clear communicator and problem solver.
  • Have teaching experience (not mandatory).
  • Be familiar with the AMUSF upholstery course (not mandatory).
  • Be able to advise students on fabrics, design features and materials.
  • Have an excellent eye for detail and accuracy for pattern matching, cutting fabrics and sewing.
  • Be highly motivated with good time management skills.

Job Type:  Part-time
Hours:  To be agreed
Location:  Hackney (E2), London
Salary:  Competitive, based on experience
Please contact: courses@shoreditchdesignrooms.com


Experienced Upholsterer, Whitechapel, East London

Experienced upholsterer needed to join our team in Whitechapel, East London.

The candidate must have extensive experience in upholstering banquette seating in particular and bespoke furniture.

Must be capable of:-

  1.   Pattern making, cutting, foaming, stitching and upholstering all types of seating from start to finish.
  2.   Working with both leather and fabrics.
  3.   Reading and understand architectural drawings and being able to translate these into reality.

Must be able to produce a quality product and be capable to quality control the work of others.

Should be:-

  1.   Hardworking and prepared to put in the hours to get the job done.
  2.   Prepared to develop new skills within the factory.
  3.   Capable of supervising and training other staff.

Good earnings are on offer, based on the level of experience demonstrated.   Please send CVs to info@alma1938.com with ‘upholsterer vacancy’ in the subject of the email.   References will be required.

Contract Upholsterer

Morgan Furniture:  we are designers and award winning manufacturers of contemporary seating for the contract market.   We are currently looking for a talented upholsterer maker to join our production team.

Key requirements for the position:

Upholstery experience within a high quality, production scheduled environment.

Alignment with our company values of design-led, excellent, innovation and integrity.

Embracing LEAN manufacturing principles.

A team player.

Hours of work:  Monday-Thursday 7.30am-4.30pm, Friday 7.30am-12.30pm.

For the right person, the role will start immediately.

Job Type:  full-time, permanent.

Salary:  from £10.00 per hour.

Benefits:  Company events, on-site parking.

Schedule:  day shift.

COVID-19 considerations:  we have strict COVID-19 rules in place to protect our team, their families and visitors to the site – full briefing will be given at interview.

Work remotely:  no.

<Morgan Furniture will consider Stage 3 completed applicants from the “AMUSF Approved Training Centres for this position>.

Contact:  Roy Pickett, Production Manager
DL: +44 (0)1243 388 005

1 Dallington Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 0BH
Clovelly Road, Southbourne, Hampshire PO10 8PQ
T: +44 (0)1243 371 111 www.morganfurniture.co.uk

Follow us on Twitter: @MorganSeating

Part-time teacher, Birmingham

Do you have high levels of skill and experience in upholstery, with up to date industry knowledge?  Would you be interested in developing your career by sharing your skills and knowledge with others?  Would you be interested in gaining a teaching qualification whilst working and earning with us?  If the answer to these three questions is yes, then we would like to hear from you.

We are a respected Local Authority Adult Education provider in Birmingham, and we currently have vacancies for part-time teachers of upholstery at our site in Erdington.  For further information please contact Bhikhu Bhura at bhikhu.bhura@birmingham.gov.uk



‘Scandinavian’ Upholsterer

Dagmar Design is a London based restorer & dealer in high-end, vintage Scandinavian furniture. From our workshops in North London we restore and upholster all of our own pieces for sale to a global customer base.

Our focus is on rare and important pieces from the golden era of modern Scandinavian design: 1930 – 1970. Designers we focus on include Ole Wanscher, Finn Juhl, Hans Wegner, Niels Moller and Kai Kristiansen. We offer a totally bespoke service for trade and private buyers alike, encapsulating sourcing, restoration and reupholstery.

We are looking for a highly-skilled and motivated upholsterer to join our fast-growing team.

Key Skills Required:

  • Proven experience over a number of years with a focus on modern upholstery including fully covered armchairs & sofas, dining chairs, box cushions and more.
  • The ability to produce a high standard of work, under pressure, with excellent attention to detail.
  • Capability to use your own initiative and work quickly to meet evolving production deadlines.
  • Good time-management skills are essential as you will be expected to oversee your own production schedule and workshop, liaising directly with the Managing Director.

To apply, please send your CV with a covering letter stating how you meet the requirements of the role as well as visual examples of relevant work to: info@dagmar-design.com

Salary: Competitive, depending on experience

Closing: Wednesday, 14th October 2020

Please see our website for examples of our work: www.dagmar-design.com



Work Experience

I am currently finishing my AMUSF level 3 certification (UDP3) at London Metropolitan University and would like to gain hands-on experience in an upholstery workshop in order to build my confidence and keep honing my skills in traditional and modern upholstery techniques.   I am waiting to resume my level 3 course, which stopped in March due to COVID.   The course runs once a week on Friday so I am available Monday-Thursday.    I am based in London.

I can provide a short portfolio of my work.    Please let me know if you have any questions or would like references.

Contact:  Anne aldugat@gmail.com or 07726458301

Farnham, Surrey Upholsterer Required

Arford Upholstery www.arfordupholstery.co.uk with Clare Laughland Interiors  www.clarelaughland.co.uk

Farnham, Surrey based busy upholstery and soft furnishings business is looking for an upholsterer either experienced or trained to UIC2 or UDP3 level.

This is a full-time position for someone who is serious about a career in upholstery, lots of training will be given in all aspects of both modern and traditional upholstery, so it’s a great opportunity.

For more information , including salary, please contact us at hello@arfordupholstery.co.uk or on 01428 712886 to speak with Robert.



FIESTA – The Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance

Press release

13 June 2017

Let the FIESTA commence

Trade associations from across the UK furniture and interiors industries have united under a single banner, the Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (FIESTA), to combat the threat of a widening skills gap.

The new organisation aims to unite and inspire furniture and interiors businesses, helping the industry to become a sector of choice within the UK by facilitating internationally recognised skills development.

FIESTA will provide a forum that allows its stakeholders to identify, clarify, promote and engage with all issues and needs relating to education, training and skills for people of all ages and businesses of all sizes across the furniture and interiors industry.

The alliance will be employer-led and bring the industry together through an inclusive approach. It will aim to streamline skills provision to avoid duplication of resources and enable easy access to the highest quality education and skills training.

FIESTA will work with the British Furniture Confederation to communicate education and training needs to the government.

The trade associations represented at the first meeting, held at Furniture Makers’ Hall on Monday 22 May, were: The Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers, The British Contract Furnishing Association, The British Furniture Manufacturers Association, The Furniture Makers’ Company, The Kitchen, Bedrooms, Bathrooms National Training Group, The Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom Specialists Association, The Kitchen Education Trust and The National Bed Federation.

The need for a dedicated industry forum to identify and discuss education and training requirements was proposed at The Furniture Makers’ Company’s Bridging the Gap Apprenticeship Levy conference and welcomed by professionals from across the UK furniture and interiors industry.

Gary Baker, managing director of CDUK, the distributor of Corian® in the UK and Ireland, has been appointed as chairman of the new alliance.