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My day in five pictures: apprentice upholsterer

6th January 2017


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apprentice upholsterer

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.

10am: Pre-delivery inspections

Moving furniture

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

apprentice upholsterer

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

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.