Starting an Upholstery Service

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: September 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

An upholstery service repairs and replaces the covers, padding, webbing and springs on various items of furniture. Upholsterers carry out work for homeowners and for owners of caravans, motor homes and boats. However, there are also extensive commercial opportunities, for example, refurbishing dining chairs, bar stools and padded wall panels for the hospitality sector, repairing vehicle interiors for the automotive sector and reupholstering orthopaedic chairs and other specialist furniture for the healthcare sector.

Some upholstery services specialise in the restoration of vintage furniture, and many offer repair and restoration services such as French polishing in addition to reupholstering. Upholsterers usually trade from workshop premises but many operate on a mobile basis and offer on-site repairs for premises such as bars, hotels, restaurants and waiting-room areas.

This profile provides information about starting up and running an upholstery service. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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