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

  • Self-Employed Upholsterer - Scotland (Scotland)

    We currently have a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic, fully experienced Self-Employed Upholsterers for a unique family run business within our Re-Upholstery Department.

    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

    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

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

    Read more

  • Self-Employed Upholsterer - Suffolk (England)

    We currently have a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic, fully experienced Self-Employed Upholsterers for a unique family run business within our Re-Upholstery Department.

    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

    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

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

    Read more

  • Furniture Fabric Pattern Maker - Suffolk (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.

    Salary: £10 per hour

    Areas to cover: Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and North Essex

    Furniture Fabric Pattern Maker Requirements:

    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.

    • 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

    What do we provide?

    • 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.

    If you feel that you are suitable for this Furniture Fabric Pattern Maker role, please apply now!

    Read more

  • Furniture Fabric Pattern Maker - Cornwall (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.

    Salary: £10 per hour

    Areas to cover: Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset

    Furniture Fabric Pattern Maker Requirements:

    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.

    • 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

    What do we provide?

    • 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.

    If you feel that you are suitable for this Furniture Fabric Pattern Maker role, please apply now!

    Read more

  • Trainee CAD Operator - Thetford (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!

    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.

    Hours of Work: Full-time (39 hours per week)

    Salary: £9.50 /Minimum wage

    Trainee CAD Operator Duties:

    • 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

    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.

    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 suitable for this Trainee CAD Operator role, please apply now!

    Read more

  • 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!

    Read more

  • Template Maker - Thetford (England)

    We are currently looking for a Template Maker to join our busy team!

    Hours of Work: 39 hours per week

    Salary: £9.50 ph

    About the Role:

    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.

    What We Provide:

    • 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.

    Template 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.

    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 you are suitable for the Template Maker role then 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!

    Read more

  • 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!

    Read more

  • 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

  • Template Maker - Cornwall (England)

    We are currently looking for a Template Maker to join our busy team!

    Hours of Work: 39 hours per week

    Salary: £9.50 ph

    About the Role:

    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.

    What We Provide:

    • 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.

    Template 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.

    If you think you are suitable for the Template Maker role then please, apply now!

    Read more

  • Template Maker - Exeter (England)

    We are currently looking for a Template Maker to join our busy team!

    Hours of Work: 39 hours per week

    Salary: £9.50 ph

    About the Role:

    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.

    What We Provide:

    • 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.

    Template 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.

    If you think you are suitable for the Template Maker role then please, apply now!

    Read more

  • Sales Consultants - Oldham (England)

    We are currently looking for Self-Employed Sales Consultants to join our busy team!

    We generate over 60,000 UK sales opportunities each year through national and digital advertising and as a Plumbs Sales Consultant you will be responsible for following up on all customer enquiries within your allocated postcode area.

    You manage your own diary and therefore use flexible working hours to arrange home visits.  Your role will be to assist/advise customers where our products and services can provide the results they are looking for.

    Full and comprehensive training on our products and processes is provided.

    Salary: OTE £30,000+

    Sales Consultants Requirements:

    • Previous sales experience - ideally within a direct customer facing environment
    • Results driven
    • A friendly and engaging personality.
    • Ability to build customer confidence.
    • Some interest in or experience in the furniture/fabric or related industries (would be an advantage)
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • iPad familiarity
    • You will need your own fully insured vehicle, iPad

    Sales Consultants Benefits:

    • Comprehensive initial and ongoing training.
    • National advertising
    • All Leads supplied (no cold calling)
    • Flexible working. (Create your own diary)
    • Backing of a reputable company and a household brand name in soft furnishings.
    • Extensive range of products.
    • Ongoing marketing activity

    About the Company:

    Plumbs Ltd Is a 60-year-old, family run business selling and manufacturing a comprehensive range of bespoke soft furnishing solutions.  We offer a unique range of services including sofa covers / Re-upholstery / made to measure curtains and we cover the whole of the UK.

    If you think you are suitable for this Self-Employed Sales Consultants role then please, apply now!

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  • Lectra Operator - 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

    If you think that you are suitable for this Lectra Computer Operative 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