Currently viable crafts


Upholstery and soft furnishings


The provision of furniture, especially seats, with padding, springs, webbing and textile or leather covers (upholstery), and the making of cushions, curtains and other soft furnishings.


Status Currently viable
Craft category  Textiles
Historic area of significance  UK
Area currently practised  UK
Origin in the UK
Minimum no. of craftspeople required  1000+
Current no. of trainees  201-500
Current no. of skilled craftspeople  1000+
Current total no. of craftspeople  1000+






Local forms



  • Upholstery
  • Soft furnishing making


Issues affecting the viability of the craft

  • Training issues: Skill shortages caused by lack of training and apprenticeships over last 25 years.
  • Training issues: Apathy of the educational system to teach vocational subjects, pushing children into meaningless degrees when they should be entering a craft.
  • Training issues/funding issues: Lack of funding and joined up policy on apprentice training.


Support organisations

Craftspeople currently known


Other information