Currently viable crafts


Coach trimming


The upholstery and fitting of automobile and carriage interiors in a range of materials.


Status Currently viable
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.





Local forms




Allied crafts:


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.


Support organisations



Craftspeople currently known



Other information




  • 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