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.
|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+|
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.
Craftspeople currently known