The Upholstery Trade

The upholstery trade includes the following:

  • Furniture Upholstery
  • Automotive Upholstery
  • Marine Upholstery
  • Outdoor and Canvas work


While it includes some of the others, this website focuses primarily upon the Furniture Upholstery Trade.

Upholstery Business Management

Starting into the upholstery business involves so much more than just having the upholstery skills. Without proper management and record keeping an upholstery business can easily get off track and fail. Hard work is not enough.

Tools, Machines, & Fixtures of the Upholstery Trade

Learn what type of tools and machinery you need for your shop

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How To's

This section contains many helpful articles telling and showing you how to do many aspects of upholstery. More will be included in the future.

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General Upholstery Articles

Have you ever wanted to know how to buy used furniture, the principles of upholstery, or the value of making upholstery prototypes, or about doing mail order in upholstery? This section contains many articles about a wide variety of upholstery subjects.

Materials Used In Upholstery

Materials used in upholstery are divided into;

  • Upholstery Covering Materials, which include Fabrics, vinyls, leathers
  • Upholstery Supplies
  • Upholstery Hardware: which includes springs, nails, screws, brackets, etc.
  • Upholstery Paddings, which include cotton, polyfoam, latex foam and other paddings

Furniture Slipcovers

Window Treatments