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 Margaret Worden (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Latest vacancies

  • Class 2 Driver / Collections Driver - Preston (England)

    Our client is currently looking for an enthusiastic, positive individual with a flexible attitude to work to join their busy transport department as a  Class 2 Driver. 

    This is a Full-time 42.5 hr role with a competitive salary.

    Class 2 Driver / Collections Driver Responsibilities:

    • Make multiple furniture collections and deliveries to the company's residential customers Nationwide.
    • Driving mainly a modern 7.5 tonne dual sleeper cab or 7.5 tonne day cab, this role will include overnight stays and holiday cover

    Class 2 Driver / Collections Driver Requirements:

    • A valid C1+E Driving licence
    • Digital Tachograph Card
    • Experience in collections and deliveries Nationwide
    • Dual man operation experience / Manual Handling experience/certificate
    • Driver Certificate of Professional Competence Card
    • Ability to work with and without direct supervision
    • Flexibility in terms of hours of work with the requirement for overnight stays

    If you think you are suitable for this Class 2 Driver / Collections Driver role, please apply now!

    Closing Date for applications:  Friday, 4th June 2021

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  • Customer Service Clerk - Curtains - Preston (England)

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

    Responsibilities of the Customer Service Clerk:

    • Facilitate an allocated volume of curtain assigned orders through the production process, updating customers, liaising with sales agents, external fitting teams and internal production staff.
    • Production update chasing.
    • Sales agent field support.
    • External fitting team support.
    • Product ordering.
    • Resolution/Escalation of all pre- and post-delivery customer queries. Providing excellent customer service via telephone, email and written communication you will make sure that all queries are accurately detailed, handled and resolved within a timely manner. Ensuring appropriate escalation to management where necessary.

    Requirements of the Customer service Clerk:

    • 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.

    Hours:   8:30am – 5:00pm (Mon-Thurs)

                     8:30am – 1:15pm (Fri)

                    37.5 Hours per week

    If you feel like you meet the above criteria for the Customer Service Clerk, please apply now!

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  • Upholstery Sewer - Preston (England)

    Upholstery Sewer  

    Location: Preston, PR1 7PZ

    Salary: Competitive

    Hours of Work: 38 hrs per week

    About the Company:

    Plumbs currently has an opportunity for an experienced Sewer with an accurate and methodical approach to work to join our Re-upholstery Department.

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

    Upholstery Sewer Requirements:

    • Pro-active
    • Able to work on your own initiative
    • Must be flexible in your approach to work
    • Previous experience of working within an upholstery manufacturing environment would be an advantage for this role

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

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  • Delivery / Collection Driver - Preston (England)

    Delivery/ Collection Driver

    Location: Preston

    Salary: Competitive

    Hours of Work: 42.5 hours per week

    Responsibilities:

    Plumbs are currently looking for an enthusiastic, positive individual with a flexible attitude to work to join our busy transport department as a Driver. Your role will be to make multiple furniture collections and deliveries to our residential customers Nationwide

    To be successful, you will be required to have the following attributes:

    • An enthusiastic and energised attitude
    • A passion for delivering excellent customer service
    • Enjoy working as part of a team
    • Ability to work with and without direct supervision
    • Well organised and structured approach to your work
    • Flexibility in terms of hours of work with the requirement for overnight stays

    Requirements:

    • A valid C1+E Driving licence
    • Digital Tachograph Card
    • Experience in collections and deliveries Nationwide
    • Dual man operation experience / Manual Handling experience/certificate
    • Driver Certificate of Professional Competence Card

    A down to earth attitude, friendly approach and a desire to help others is essential to this position. Driving mainly a modern 7.5 tonne dual sleeper cab or 7.5 tonne day cab this role will include overnight stays and holiday cover, so flexibility is a must.

    If you think that you will be suitable for the Delivery/ Collection Driver position, Please apply now!

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  • Upholsterer - Preston (England)

    Our client currently has a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic, fully experienced Upholsterer to work within their Re-Upholstery Department. This will be a Full Time permanent position with a working week of 38 hours.

    They 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

    Upholsterer Requirements 

    • You must have a flexible attitude to work
    • An excellent eye for detail and quality focus
    • Able to work without close supervision

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

    Closing date for this role will be Friday 21st May 2021

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  • Upholstery Cutter - Preston (England)

    Our client is currently recruiting for the exciting position of an Upholstery Cutter. This will be a Full time, permanent position with a 38-hour working week.

    Cutter Requirements 

    • The company is looking for a well-organised, enthusiastic individual with a 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.
    • Must be able to work without close supervision.

    About the Company

    Our client is currently interested to hear from experienced Cutters, but they are also interested in individuals that want to learn and be trained. This is a great opportunity within their Upholstery Department to develop and become an important part of the team.

    If you think that you will be suitable for this Cutter role, please apply now! 

    Closing date for applications will be Friday 21st May 2021

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  • Transport Hub Driver/ Assistant - Reading (England)

    We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to provide support and assistance at our new Hub based in Reading.

    Transport Hub Assistant Responsibilities:

    • Assist the local delivery hub with deliveries to customer locations.
    • Assist with the collection of furniture from customer locations.
    • Contacting customers to arrange collections and deliveries.
    • Provide cover for the Hub Team leader

    Transport Hub Assistant Requirements:

    • Positive attitude with experience of dealing with challenge and change.
    • Ability to organise workload and forward plan.
    • Flexibility in terms of work responsibilities, including the occasional night away if required.
    • Team focused.
    • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
    • Clean Driving License with no more than 3 current points for any speeding offence. No endorsements for drug, alcohol or careless driving
    • Authorised to drive vans up to 3.5t
    • Physically fit, as the role requires the lifting and carrying of domestic furniture.

    About Us:

    Plumbs has been designing and producing quality made-to-measure furniture covers and curtains for over half a century and with the continued development of our furniture re-upholstery service, we are now firmly established as the UK’s leading re-upholsterer. We are a successful, family run company employing approximately 320 people at our Head Office in Preston.

    Transport Hub Assistant Benefits:

    • £9.00 per hour + overtime as required
    • 42.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm)

    If you think that you are suitable for this Transport Hub Assistant role, please apply now!

    Closing Date for Applications: Friday, 16th April 2021

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  • Transport Hub Driver / Assistant - Stevenage (England)

    Our client is currently Recruiting for the exciting opportunity of Transport Hub Driver / Assistant, this is a full time position and will be based in Stevenage. 

    Transport Hub Driver / Assistant Duties 

    • Assist with deliveries to customer locations.
    • Assist with the collection of furniture from customer locations.
    • Contacting customers to arrange collections and deliveries.
    • Provide cover for the Hub Team leader 

    Transport Hub Driver / Assistant Requirements 

    • Positive attitude with experience of dealing with challenge and change.
    • Ability to organise workload and forward plan.
    • Flexibility in terms of work responsibilities, including the occasional night away if required.
    • Team focused.
    • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
    • Clean Driving License with no more than 3 current points for any speeding offence. No endorsements for drug, alcohol or careless driving
    • Authorised to drive vans up to 3.5t
    • Physically fit, as the role requires the lifting and carrying of domestic furniture.

    Transport Hub Driver / Assistant Benefits 

    • Full time position
    • £9.00 per hour + overtime as required
    • 42.5 Hours per week (Monday – Friday 8.00am to 5.00pm) 

    About the Company

    Our client has been designing and producing quality made-to-measure furniture covers and curtains for over half a century and with the continued development of the company's furniture re-upholstery service, they are now firmly established as the UK’s leading reupholstery. They are a successful, family run company employing approximately 320 people at their Head Office in Preston.

    If you think that you will be suitable for this Transport Hub Driver / Assistant role, please apply now! 

    Closing date: Friday 28th May 2021

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  • Curtain Sewing Machinist - Preston (England)

    Currently, we have an amazing opportunity for an experienced sewer to join our Curtains Department!

    We are 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!

    Closing Date for Applications: Friday, 21st May 2021

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  • Trainee CAD Operators - Thetford (England)

    We are currently looking for a Trainee CAD Operator to join our busy team!

    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.

    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.

    About the Trainee CAD Operator Role:

    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:

    • 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.
    • CAD experience or have worked in upholstery (Advantageous)

    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.
    • We provide 24 days holiday, plus bank holidays.

    This is a Full-Time (39 hours per week) permanent position.

    Salary: Minimum Wage

    If you think that you are suitable for this Trainee CAD Operator role, 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!

    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 samples 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 make sure that all queries are accurately detailed, handled and resolved within a timely manner. Ensuring appropriate escalation to management where necessary.
    • Administrative tasks.

    Customer Service Clerk Requirements:

    • Excellent communication skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Strong organisational skills
    • 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

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

    Read more


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