Joe Gill has been an apprentice upholsterer for two years and works mainly with Chesterfield sofas. He’s training to become a qualified upholsterer and achieve his NVQ Level 2 and 3 Certificates in upholstery.
Here’s a snapshot of his working day.
10am: Pre-delivery inspections
A customer has purchased a couple of pieces of furniture that we have in our showroom. We take a trip there to remove them and conduct a thorough inspection. This is so we can ensure that our furniture is in the best possible condition before delivery next week.
11am: At my workstation
I’m now back working on the production line, helping to put together one of our popular Stirling wing chairs. When the piece of furniture arrives at my work station, I begin by attaching piping to the face of its arm.
11.30am: Building the arm of a chair
Once I’ve completed the piping, I move on to attaching specialist webbing to the arms of the chair. This will help to anchor the buttons I’m going to attach while upholstering them. I then add foam, which will help to create the shape of the finished chair. Next, I prepare the chair’s sprung seating unit, which is what we use to make our chairs and sofas especially comfortable.
4.30pm: A successful inspection
Towards the end of the day, a chair that I have upholstered previously is inspected. This one has been made using the world-famous ‘Harris Tweed’ and is given the thumbs-up by my colleagues.
5pm: Nearly home time
The end of the day and a visit to the showroom to see some of my finished products.
Joe is working and studying for his NVQs at Timeless Chesterfields, a company which creates handcrafted furniture.
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