as an ex upholsterer, self employed for over 10 years of a twenty year career, i can tell you that the trade is dead as it once was.furn manufacturers learnt that by splintering the trade into sections, they no longer needed tradesmen who knew every aspect of upholstery and could hire anyone to be taught a simple part of the job and pay
them less in a production line atmosphere. upholsterers were stitched up. forget it.
the only to make mony in upholstery is in the antique field, but you must use the genuine methods and materials. working in a factory on a piece work basis was like doing 8 hours a day of aerobic excercise to be faster than everybody else in order to earn good money.quality was not a concern, just speed. you could earn 120-140 dollars a day if you were fast. making up to six complete pieces a day that usually retailed for around 1000 dollars or more. althou we had skill, we had no union help and suffered.