Furniture Finishers

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Furniture Finishers

Furniture Finishers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, furniture finishers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of contact with others. When they talk to others, it's usually face-to-face.
  • Sometimes work as part of a team.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others.
  • Are responsible for the work done by other finishers and assistants.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always work indoors.
  • Are sometimes exposed to contaminants such as chemical strippers.
  • Wear safety goggles, masks, gloves, or other specialized equipment on a daily basis.
  • Are exposed to loud or distracting sounds and noise levels on a daily basis.
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  • Are regularly exposed to hazardous conditions and equipment.
  • Sometimes must get into awkward positions to reach cramped work places.
  • Occasionally are exposed to hazardous situations that may cause cuts or minor burns.
  • May work physically near other workers.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Errors could damage furniture and cause the company to lose money.
  • Sometimes must match the pace of work with the speed of machinery.
  • Set their daily tasks and goals with some input from clients and supervisors.
  • Must meet strict daily deadlines.


  • Work 35 to 40 hours per week. Those who are self-employed may work longer hours, once they have built a client list.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.