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Upholsterers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, upholsterers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social interaction with other people. They usually work alone while upholstering furniture. However, they also talk to customers or supervisors, usually in person.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other workers.
  • May work as part of a team.
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  • Occasionally are placed in conflict situations where others may be upset about the finished product.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Almost always work indoors. However, work places may not have air conditioning or heating.
  • Occasionally wear safety or protective attire.
  • Are sometimes exposed to loud or distracting sounds and noise levels, such as from sewing machines.
  • Work physically near others.

Work Performance

  • Must fully complete and be exact in their work in order to meet customer needs.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Usually make decisions and set daily tasks and goals in cooperation with other workers, customers, and supervisors.
  • Must meet strict weekly deadlines.


  • Usually work 40 hours per week. May work longer if self-employed.
  • May work weekends if their job requires them to meet with customers.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.