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Upholsterer Job Description and How to Apply

Job Overview

A Retro Den Upholsterer works to restore and create custom upholstered furniture using hand tools and his or her knowledge of fabrics and upholstery methods in a creative small business environment. This is a full-time contract position, 40 hours per week.

  • Reads work orders, and applies knowledge and experience with materials to determine types and amounts of materials required to cover workpieces

  • Applies upholstery knowledge and experience to consult on project pricing/bidding

  • Examines furniture frames, upholstery, springs, and webbing to locate defects

  • Plans own work schedule and manages time to accomplish scheduled projects

  • Collaborates with other upholsterers and interior designers on projects

  • Provides own work-related equipment including upholstery sewing machine, saw horses, and hand tools

  • Retrieves and stocks necessary project supplies/materials (e.g., fabric, foam, buttons, piping) from local upholstery suppliers

  • Able to lift and maneuver furniture projects with minimal assistance

Candidate Description

We are looking for a talented and motivated Upholsterer. This person is excited and passionate about providing quality, trusted upholstery services and advice for refreshing heirloom pieces in a modern way. Our ideal candidate enjoys working in a creative, small business environment with a lot of autonomy over his or her daily work schedule.

We are looking for someone with the following training and/or experience:

  • Completed technical training in upholstery at trade school

  • Experience with upholstery techniques either professionally or as hobby

  • Examples of past work

We are looking for someone with the following characteristics:

  • Detail orientation– careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks at a high quality level

  • Dependability– responsible and fulfills obligations in timely manner

  • Integrity– honest and ethical

  • Cooperation– pleasant with co-workers and clients and displays a good-natured, cooperative attitude

  • Initiative– shows a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges

What We Offer

We are a fun, vibrant small business with a passion for vintage + modern interior design. We greatly value our small Retro Den team and work to create a friendly environment that motivates and inspires. This is a full-time (40 hours per week), contract position, $18/hour. Upholsterer is paid by the project, so there is opportunity to earn more with increased skill-level.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume including three references to with subject line “I want to be a Retro Den Upholsterer!”