Upholsterers and loose cover makers

Are you a UK based upholsterer or loose cover maker looking to increase your work flow? Here at Plumbs, we know that working with another company is very much a two-way partnership. We also understand the hours of hard work that you have put into building your business, which is why we only offer work to fill your spare capacity. This allows us to utilise your skills and passion for craft, whilst you enjoy a steady stream of domestic furniture orders – all from within a geographical location that you are happy to cover and at a rate that suits you.

It’s up to you to decide how best to fit in your appointments around your own work. All we ask is that you complete each order within its specified due date.

Want to know what our current upholstery partners think of working with Plumbs? Watch the video below.


Subject to our quality checks, there’s only a few things you’ll need to get started with us:

  • Experience in reupholstery/loose cover making
  • Tools for the trade
  • Transportation
  • Internet and phone access
  • Strong people skills

"I never thought about producing loose covers for another company…

But Plumbs have provided me with regular work and regular payments for over 20 years now! Plumbs have been there every step of the way and the head office staff are always there to help.

Working with Plumbs was one of the best business decisions I have made"

Barbara Pearcery | Self-employed loose cover maker

If you think this sounds like the opportunity your business needs to grow, apply today or request an information pack from Angela Frank, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01772 838304.

Latest vacancies

  • HR & Payroll Assistant - Preston (England)

    This is a fantastic opportunity to become part of a small team within our family owned, award winning, manufacturing company based in Preston! This position could be part time or full time depending on experience. There are lots of benefits working at Plumbs including;

    • 24 days holiday + bank holidays (pro rata if part-time)
    • Early finish on Friday
    • Secure onsite free parking
    • Company Pension Scheme
    • Company Sick Pay Scheme
    • Onsite subsidised canteen
    • Organised social activities
    • Life assurance
    • Annual bonus for First Aiders
    • Long service awards
    • Free eye tests for VDU users

    This role is office based and the hours are negotiable to suit the right candidate.

    Plumbs has been designing and producing quality made-to-measure furniture covers and curtains for over 60 years and with the continued development of our furniture re-upholstery service, we are now firmly established as the UK’s leading re-upholsterer.

    Due to the business diversification and growth, we are recruiting for a HR & Payroll Assistant reporting directly to the HR & Payroll Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for assisting across a wide range of administration duties.

    You HR & Payroll Assistant role will include assistance and/or responsibility with the following tasks:

    • Recruitment process
    • Inductions
    • End to end processing of employees - new starters through to leavers
    • Organising Company events
    • Collating information for board reports
    • Processing weekly payroll
    • Resolving payroll queries
    • Knowledge of SAGE 50 Payroll is desirable but not essential
    • Other ad hoc duties as required

    Experience & qualities required for the HR & Payroll Assistant Role

    • Bags of initiative and 'can do' attitude!
    • 1+ years working in a busy HR or Payroll department
    • Integrity and confidentiality essential
    • Excellent communication skills, both verbal & written
    • Experience working to deadlines
    • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel

    If you feel you are suitable for the HR & Payroll Assistant position, please apply now.

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  • Customer Service Clerk - Preston (England)

    We are currently looking for a Customer Service Clerk to join our busy team in Preston.

    Contract Type: 9 Month FTC – Maternity Cover)

    Hours:  8.30am-5pm Monday – Thursday

                  8.30am-1.15pm Friday

                  36.75 hours per week

    Salary: £9.50 per hour – advancing to 9.85per hour when fully trained.

    Job description:

    Managing volumes of order’s that are manufactured at our Preston based factory, you will provide an end-to-end support service for our customers, sales agents, and production staff.

    Customer Service Clerk Duties:

    • Facilitate an allocated volume of Preston assigned orders through the production process, updating customers, liaising with sales agents and internal production staff.
    • Customer fabric sample and furniture collection confirmations.
    • Production update chasing.
    • Sales agent field support.
    • Resolution/Escalation of all pre- and post-delivery customer queries for Preston Manufactured orders. Providing excellent customer service via telephone, email, and written communication you will ensure that all queries are accurately detailed, handled and resolved within a timely manner and ensure appropriate escalation to management where necessary. 

    Customer Service Clerk Requirements:

    • Administration.
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Attention to detail.
    • Strong organisational skill.
    • Good experience of Microsoft Office functions.
    • A friendly, positive person that enjoys working as part of a team but can also work well from own initiative.
    • Full training and support will be provided.

    Customer Service Clerk Benefits:

    • 24 days holiday + bank holidays
    • Early finish on Friday
    • Secure onsite parking
    • Company Pension Scheme
    • Company Sick Pay Scheme
    • Onsite subsidised canteen
    • Organised social activities
    • Life assurance
    • Annual bonus for First Aiders
    • Long service awards
    • Free eye tests for VDU users

    If you think that you are suitable for this Customer Service Clerk role, please apply now!

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  • Lectra Computer - Preston (England)

    Currently, we have an amazing opportunity for someone who enjoys computer programme-based work in our Drawing Office department.


    Contract Type:
    Permanent, Full-time position

    Hours: 38 hours per week

    Lectra Computer Operative Requirements:

    • We are looking for a well-organised, enthusiastic individual with a good eye for detail to digitalise orders and patterns.
    • Will need to be confident using and navigating Windows and other computer programmes.
    • Ideally, would have experience using Lectra system but not essential as training can be provided
    • Experience working in a textile industry would be advantageous
    • Must be able to work without close supervision and able to communicate well in a team environment.

    Lectra Computer Operative Benefits:

    • 24 days holiday + bank holidays
    • Early finish on Friday
    • Secure onsite parking
    • Company Pension Scheme
    • Company Sick Pay Scheme
    • Onsite subsidised canteen
    • Organised social activities
    • Life assurance
    • Annual bonus for First Aiders
    • Long service awards
    • Free eye tests for VDU users

    Closing date for applications: Friday, 27th May 2022

    If you think that you are suitable for this Lectra Computer Operative role, please apply now!

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  • Upholsterer - Southampton (England)

    We currently have a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic, fully experienced Upholsterer to work permanently, full time for a unique family run business within our Re-Upholstery Department in Southampton!

    We would like to hear from applicants who have previous experience and knowledge of working with different upholstery types, including:

    • Recliners
    • Modern Domestic
    • Traditional
    • Leather
    • Deep Buttoning

    Contract Type: Permanent

    Hours: Full-time,38 hours per week

    Upholsterer Requirements:

    • You must have a flexible attitude to work
    • An excellent eye for detail to ensure high quality standards are maintained
    • Able to work without close supervision

    Upholsterer Benefits:

    • 24 day holiday + bank holidays
    • Free onsite parking
    • Company Pension Scheme
    • Company Sick Pay Scheme
    • Life assurance
    • Annual bonus for First Aiders
    • Long service awards
    • Free eye tests for VDU users

    If you think that you are suitable for this Upholsterer role, please apply now!

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  • Upholsterer - Preston (England)

    We currently have a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic, fully experienced Upholsterer to work permanently, full time for a unique family run business within our Re-Upholstery Department in Preston!

    We would like to hear from applicants who have previous experience and knowledge of working with different upholstery types, including:

    • Recliners
    • Modern Domestic
    • Traditional
    • Leather
    • Deep Buttoning

    Contract Type: Permanent

    Hours: Full-time,38 hours per week

    Upholsterer Requirements:

    • You must have a flexible attitude to work
    • An excellent eye for detail to ensure high quality standards are maintained
    • Able to work without close supervision

    Upholsterer Benefits:

    • 24 day holiday + bank holidays
    • Early finish on Friday
    • Secure onsite parking
    • Company Pension Scheme
    • Company Sick Pay Scheme
    • Onsite subsidised canteen
    • Organised social activities
    • Life assurance
    • Annual bonus for First Aiders
    • Long service awards
    • Free eye tests for VDU users

    If you think that you are suitable for this Upholsterer role, please apply now!

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  • Upholsterer - Dover (England)

    We currently have a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic, fully experienced Upholsterer to work permanently, full time for a unique family run business within our Re-Upholstery Department in Dover!

    We would like to hear from applicants who have previous experience and knowledge of working with different upholstery types, including:

    • Recliners
    • Modern Domestic
    • Traditional
    • Leather
    • Deep Buttoning

    Contract Type: Permanent

    Hours: Full-time,38 hours per week

    Upholsterer Requirements:

    • You must have a flexible attitude to work
    • An excellent eye for detail to ensure high quality standards are maintained
    • Able to work without close supervision

    Upholsterer Benefits:

    • 24 day holiday + bank holidays
    • Early finish on Friday
    • Free onsite parking
    • Company Pension Scheme
    • Company Sick Pay Scheme
    • Life assurance
    • Annual bonus for First Aiders
    • Long service awards
    • Free eye tests for VDU users

    If you think that you are suitable for this Upholsterer role, please apply now!

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  • Curtain Sewing Machinist - Preston (England)

    Currently, We have an amazing opportunity for an experienced sewer to join their Curtains Department!

    Plumbs is looking for an enthusiastic individual with excellent organisational skills, along with good attention to detail. You will be pro-active, able to work on your own initiative and must be flexible in your approach to work.

    Sewing Machinist Duties:

    Main Duties will include the general sewing of work to support the manufacturing process.

    Sewing Machinist Requirements:

    • Experience of operating a range of industrial machines.
    • Experienced of ‘Lock Stitch Single Needle’.
    • Experienced of ‘Overlock’
    • Operating Pinch Pleat Machines (Auto & Manual)

    If you think that you are suitable for this Sewing Machinist role, please apply now!

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  • Upholsterer - Dover (England)

    We currently have a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic, fully experienced Upholsterer to work permanently, full time for a unique family run business within our Re-Upholstery Department in Dover!

    We would like to hear from applicants who have previous experience and knowledge of working

    with different upholstery types, including:

    • Recliners
    • Modern Domestic
    • Traditional
    • Leather
    • Deep Buttoning

    Contract Type: Permanent

    Hours: Full-time,38 hours per week

    Upholsterer Requirements:

    • You must have a flexible attitude to work
    • An excellent eye for detail to ensure high quality standards are maintained
    • Able to work without close supervision

    Upholsterer Benefits:

    • 24 day holiday + bank holidays
    • Early finish on Friday
    • Free onsite parking
    • Company Pension Scheme
    • Company Sick Pay Scheme
    • Life assurance
    • Annual bonus for First Aiders
    • Long service awards
    • Free eye tests for VDU users

    If you think that you are suitable for this Upholsterer role, please apply now!

    Read more

  • Upholsterer - Southampton (England)

    We currently have a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic, fully experienced Upholsterer to work permanently, full time for a unique family run business within our Re-Upholstery Department in Southampton!

    We would like to hear from applicants who have previous experience and knowledge of working

    with different upholstery types, including:

    • Recliners
    • Modern Domestic
    • Traditional
    • Leather
    • Deep Buttoning

    Contract Type: Permanent

    Hours: Full-time,38 hours per week

    Upholsterer Requirements:

    • You must have a flexible attitude to work
    • An excellent eye for detail to ensure high quality standards are maintained
    • Able to work without close supervision

    Upholsterer Benefits:

    • 24 day holiday + bank holidays
    • Free onsite parking
    • Company Pension Scheme
    • Company Sick Pay Scheme
    • Life assurance
    • Annual bonus for First Aiders
    • Long service awards
    • Free eye tests for VDU users

    If you think that you are suitable for this Upholsterer role, please apply now!

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  • Cutters - Preston (England)

    We are currently interested to hear from experienced Cutters to take up an opportunity within our Covers Department in Preston!

    Contract Type: Permanent

    Hours of Work: 38 hours per week

    Cutters Requirements:

    • Well-organised
    • Good eye for detail.
    • Flexibility in your approach to work is also essential in this position as you may be involved in varied tasks throughout the department.
    • Ideally would have experience in dressmaking or pattern matching.
    • Must be able to work without close supervision.

    Cutters Benefits:

    • 24 days holiday + bank holidays
    • Early finish on Friday
    • Secure onsite parking
    • Company Pension Scheme
    • Company Sick Pay Scheme
    • Onsite subsidised canteen
    • Organised social activities
    • Life assurance
    • Annual bonus for First Aiders
    • Long service awards
    • Free eye tests for VDU users

    If you think you are suitable for this Cutters role, please apply now!

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  • Experienced Sewing Machinist - Southampton (England)

    If you are looking for the support of a national company and the security of working with an industry leader with over 60 years of trading, this opportunity could be the one for you! We are looking for an experienced sewing machinist to join our established team based in Southampton.

    Ideally you will have worked within the furniture industry in upholstery or Loose Covers previously. We are looking for a Sewing Machinist that has experience working within the manufacturing industry environment producing loose covers for furniture.

    Working as part of a small team you will learn quickly, before progressing to become a key part of this exciting and successful area of the Plumbs business, which has seen growth year on year. You will liaise with several members of

    Plumbs staff throughout the course of each order to ensure the perfect creation of bespoke furniture covers that fit each furniture item like a glove.

    Experienced Sewing Machinist Requirements:

    • Precision and attention to detail.
    • Ideally 3-5 years’ experience working as a sewing machinist on an industrial sewing machine.
    • Working within the furniture industry or clothing environment,
    • Must have strong initiative, work to deadlines and have a keen eye for detail.
    • Good communicator and able to work within a team environment
    • Punctuality and reliability.

    What we provide:

    • We provide you with the training, enabling you to know the job inside out.
    • We provide you with all the tools and equipment needed for the role.
    • 24 day holiday + bank holidays
    • Free onsite parking
    • Company Pension Scheme
    • Company Sick Pay Scheme
    • Life assurance
    • Annual bonus for First Aiders
    • Long service awards
    • Free eye tests for VDU users

    If you think that you are suitable for this Experienced Sewing Machinist role, please apply now!

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  • Experienced Sewing Machinist - Dover (England)

    If you are looking for the support of a national company and the security of working with an industry leader with over 60 years of trading, this opportunity could be the one for you! We are looking for an experienced sewing machinist to join our established team based in Dover.

    Ideally you will have worked within the furniture industry in upholstery or Loose Covers previously. We are looking for a Sewing Machinist that has experience working within the manufacturing industry environment producing loose covers for furniture.

    Working as part of a small team you will learn quickly, before progressing to become a key part of this exciting and successful area of the Plumbs business, which has seen growth year on year. You will liaise with several members of

    Plumbs staff throughout the course of each order to ensure the perfect creation of bespoke furniture covers that fit each furniture item like a glove.

    Experienced Sewing Machinist Requirements:

    • Precision and attention to detail.
    • Ideally 3-5 years’ experience working as a sewing machinist on an industrial sewing machine.
    • Working within the furniture industry or clothing environment,
    • Must have strong initiative, work to deadlines and have a keen eye for detail.
    • Good communicator and able to work within a team environment
    • Punctuality and reliability.

    What we provide:

    • We provide you with the training, enabling you to know the job inside out.
    • We provide you with all the tools and equipment needed for the role.
    • 24 day holiday + bank holidays
    • Early finish on Friday
    • Free onsite parking
    • Company Pension Scheme
    • Company Sick Pay Scheme
    • Life assurance
    • Annual bonus for First Aiders
    • Long service awards
    • Free eye tests for VDU users

    If you think that you are suitable for this Experienced Sewing Machinist role, please apply now!

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  • Furniture Fabric Pattern Maker - Thetford (England)

    If you are looking for the support of a national company and the security of working with an industry leader with over 50 years of trading, this opportunity could be the one for you!

    We are looking to train selected individuals to become Furniture Fabric Pattern Makers, whose job it would be to make furniture templates for our expert team of loose cover makers to turn into beautiful furniture covers. So long as you are willing to travel, can take accurate measurements, can record information and you are willing how to learn a methodical templating system, we would love to hear from you.

    We are particularly interested in recruiting in the following areas: Norfolk, Suffolk, and surrounding areas.

    This is a full-time permanent position within an exciting and fast-growing part of the Plumbs business.

    Furniture Fabric Pattern Maker Benefits:

    • We provide you with the training, enabling you to know the job inside out
    • We provide a company vehicle
    • We provide you with all the tools and equipment needed for the role
    • We provide you with a phone.
    • 24 day holiday + bank holidays
    • Early finish on Friday
    • Free onsite parking
    • Company Pension Scheme
    • Company Sick Pay Scheme
    • Life assurance
    • Annual bonus for First Aiders
    • Long service awards
    • Free eye tests for VDU users

    Furniture Fabric Pattern Maker Requirements:

    • A full, clean UK driving licence
    • The ability to drive up to 2 hours between customers, set within a geographical area
    • Like working with your hands, with attention to detail
    • Good customer service skills.

    No furniture templating experience is needed, as full training will be provided. However, those who hold upholstery, loose cover making, or tailoring experience will be at an advantage.

    If you think that you’d be a good fit for this Furniture Fabric Pattern Maker position, please apply now!

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  • Furniture Fabric Pattern Maker - Redhill (England)

    If you are looking for the support of a national company and the security of working with an industry leader with over 50 years of trading, this opportunity could be the one for you!

    We are looking to train selected individuals to become Furniture Fabric Pattern Makers, whose job it would be to make furniture templates for our expert team of loose cover makers to turn into beautiful furniture covers. So long as you are willing to travel, can take accurate measurements, can record information and you are willing how to learn a methodical templating system, we would love to hear from you.

    We are particularly interested in recruiting in the following areas: Norfolk, Suffolk, and surrounding areas.

    This is a full-time permanent position within an exciting and fast-growing part of the Plumbs business.

    Furniture Fabric Pattern Maker Benefits:

    • We provide you with the training, enabling you to know the job inside out
    • We provide a company vehicle
    • We provide you with all the tools and equipment needed for the role
    • We provide you with a phone.
    • 24 day holiday + bank holidays
    • Early finish on Friday
    • Free onsite parking
    • Company Pension Scheme
    • Company Sick Pay Scheme
    • Life assurance
    • Annual bonus for First Aiders
    • Long service awards
    • Free eye tests for VDU users

    Furniture Fabric Pattern Maker Requirements:

    • A full, clean UK driving licence
    • The ability to drive up to 2 hours between customers, set within a geographical area
    • Like working with your hands, with attention to detail
    • Good customer service skills.

    No furniture templating experience is needed, as full training will be provided. However, those who hold upholstery, loose cover making, or tailoring experience will be at an advantage.

    If you think that you’d be a good fit for this Furniture Fabric Pattern Maker position, please apply now!

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  • Trainee CAD Operator - Thetford (England)

    We are now looking for a Trainee CAD Operator to join our busy team in Thetford!

    Working out of our Thetford manufacturing unit, we are looking to train a selected individual to become a CAD (Computer Aided Design) operator, whose job it would be to “digitise” and input furniture template pieces onto a CAD system. To begin with, you will learn the manufacturing process for handmade chair and sofa loose covers, alongside the benefits of technology and multi-site manufacturing. Working as part of a small team you will learn quickly, before progressing to become a key part of this exciting and successful area of the Plumbs business, which has seen growth year on year.

    You will liaise with several members of Plumbs staff throughout the course of each order to ensure the perfect creation of bespoke furniture covers that fit each furniture item like a glove. You will be provided with a constant workflow so it will be essential for you to keep on top of your work.

    Trainee CAD Operator Requirements:

    Those who have any CAD experience or have worked in upholstery will be at an advantage. However, this role would equally be ideal for a College leaver or someone who is interested in a change of career, as full training will be provided. This is a full-time (39 hours per week) permanent position. Minimum wage.

    • Precision and attention to detail.
    • Knowledge of IT, Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets and Mathematical Skills.
    • Good communicator and able to work within a team environment.
    • Punctuality and reliability.

    Trainee CAD Operator Benefits:

    • We provide you with the training, enabling you to know the job inside out.
    • We provide you with all the tools and equipment needed for the role.
    • 24 days holiday + bank holidays
    • Early finish on Friday
    • Free onsite parking
    • Company Pension Scheme
    • Company Sick Pay Scheme
    • Life assurance
    • Annual bonus for First Aiders
    • Long service awards
    • Free eye tests for VDU users

    If you feel like you meet the above criteria of the Trainee CAD Operator, please apply now!

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Plumbs have been established for over 50 years and specialise in producing quality Made-to-Measure Loose Furniture Covers, Curtains and Reupholstery.
Brookhouse Mill, Old Lancaster Ln, Preston PR1 7PZ
Tel: 01772 838 301

Plumbs is rated 4.4 stars by Feefo.co.uk based on 3767 reviews
Plumbs is rated 4.4 stars by Feefo.co.uk based on 3767 reviews