The upholstery and fitting of automobile and carriage interiors in a range of materials.
|Historic area of significance||Midlands|
|Area currently practised||UK|
|Origin in the UK||17th century|
|Current no. of professionals (main income)||Around 250|
|Current no. of professionals (sideline to main income)
|Current no. of trainees||Around 11-20|
|Current total no. serious amateur makers
|Current total no. of leisure makers
|Minimum no. of craftspeople required|
Originally coach trimming was upholstering interiors of horse drawn carriages then as the carriages gained motors and evolved into the motor car so the trade followed suit.
Issues affecting the viability of the craft
- There are a lack of training opportunities for traditional skills and the older generation not passing on skills or technique.
- There is no main organisation or trade organisation.
- There is no government recognition for the trade.
Craftspeople currently known
- Taylor, Don, Automotive Upholstery Handbook
- Mattson, Fred, Automotive Upholstery and Interior Restoration
- Taylor, Don, and Mangus, Rod, Custom Auto Interiors
- Caldwell, Bruce, Auto Upholstery & Interiors: A Do-it-yourself Basic Guide