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Career and Education Opportunities for Upholsterers in San Bernardino, California

If you want to be an upholsterer, the San Bernardino, California area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. Currently, 6,800 people work as upholsterers in California. This is expected to shrink by 3% to about 6,600 people by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for upholsterers are expected to grow by about 6.8%. Upholsterers generally make, repair, or replace upholstery for household furniture or transportation vehicles.

Upholsterers earn about $12 hourly or $26,310 yearly on average in California and about $13 hourly or $29,000 annually on average nationally. Upholsterers earn more than people working in the category of Fabric and Leather generally in California and more than people in the Fabric and Leather category nationally.

The San Bernardino area is home to fifty-one schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of San Bernardino where you can get a degree as an upholsterer. Upholsterers usually hold a high school diploma or GED, so you can expect to spend only a short time studying to be an upholsterer if you already have a high school diploma.


Upholsterer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, upholsterers make, repair, or replace upholstery for household furniture or transportation vehicles.

Every day, upholsterers are expected to be able to control and manipulate objects at a fine level of detail. They need to control objects and devices with precise control. It is also important that they move quickly in order to hold onto or control objects and devices.

It is important for upholsterers to examine furniture frames and webbing to identify defects. They are often called upon to remove covering and/or faulty springs from workpieces, using hand tools such as hammers and tack pullers. They also build furniture up with loose fiber stuffing and/or foam padding to fashion smooth rounded surfaces. They are sometimes expected to attach fasteners ornamental trim, and other accessories to covers or frames, using hand tools. Somewhat less frequently, upholsterers are also expected to measure and cut new covering materials, using patterns and measuring and cutting instruments, following sketches and layout specifications.

Upholsterers sometimes are asked to consider upholstery fabrics and styles with customers, and furnish cost estimates. They also have to be able to draw cutting lines on material following patterns or blueprints, using chalk or other methods and read work orders, and apply knowledge and experience with materials in order to establish types and amounts of materials used to cover workpieces. And finally, they sometimes have to make and/or develop custom upholstered furniture, using hand tools and knowledge of fabrics and upholstery methods.

Like many other jobs, upholsterers must be thorough and dependable and be persistant in the face of problems and impediments.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in San Bernardino include:

  • Garment Patternmaker. Draw and construct sets of precision master fabric patterns or layouts. May also mark and cut fabrics and apparel.


Riverside Community College - Riverside, CA

Riverside Community College, 4800 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92506. Riverside Community College is a large college located in Riverside, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 34,058 students. Riverside Community College has an associate's degree and a two to four year program in Upholstery/Upholsterer.


Certified Environmental Drycleaner: CPD must demonstrate their knowledge regarding professional drycleaning and the implements of prescribed drycleaning standards for physical plant facilities and safe equipment operations.

For more information, see the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute International website.


Custom Upholsterer

Licensing agency: Department of Consumer Affairs
Address: Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation, 3485 Orange Grove Avenue, North Highlands, CA 95660

Phone: (916) 574-0280
Website: Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation

LOCATION INFORMATION: San Bernardino, California

San Bernardino, California
San Bernardino, California photo by Ie909

San Bernardino is situated in San Bernardino County, California. It has a population of over 198,580, which has grown by 7.1% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in San Bernardino, 125, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in San Bernardino cost $182,700 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, twenty-one new homes were constructed in San Bernardino, down from one hundred fifty-nine the previous year.

The three big industries for women in San Bernardino are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, educational services, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 28 minutes. More than 11.6% of San Bernardino residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 3.9%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in San Bernardino is 18.6%, which is greater than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of San Bernardino residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 42.0%, is less than both the national and state average. Golden Avenue Church, Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church and Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses are among the churches located in San Bernardino. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the LDS (Mormon) Church.

San Bernardino is home to the Warm Creek Golf Course and the San Bernardino Public Golf Course as well as Plaza Park and Palm Field Park. Shopping malls in the area include Wildwood Plaza Shopping Center, Highland Avenue Plaza Shopping Center and Mountain Shadows Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to San Bernardino can choose from American Inn, Best Western Hospitality Lane and American Tex-Chem Corporation for temporary stays in the area.