Furniture Manufacturing Workers

Workers in furniture manufacturing occupations make items such as chairs, sofas, tables, beds, dressers, and desks that make rooms ready for use. Many of these workers are self-employed. Those on staff are employed at furniture manufacturing companies, repair firms, or restoration shops, cutting, shaping, assembling, finishing, and/or upholstering a variety of pieces of furniture.

Part of the home furnishings industry, furniture manufacturing provides employment opportunities for a variety of people, including a number of specialists. For example, there are about 78,140 cabinetmakers and bench carpenters, 13,740 furniture finishers, and 27,840 upholsterers in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Manufacture chairs, sofas, tables, beds, dressers, desks, and other types of furniture
Alternate Title(s) Arm Makers, Assemblers, Bench Carpenters, Cabinetmakers, Finished-Stock Inspectors, Furniture Finishers, Hand Carvers, Upholsterers, Woodworkers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but many furniture makers are headquartered in the Southeastern U.S.
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training for some careers; three or more years' experience to become a skilled cabinetmaker or bench carpenter
  • Drawing/Design
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Organized
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Inspector, or Supervisor, or Self Employed
  • Pattern or Sample Maker
  • Finisher or Assembler
  • Machine Operator
  • Stock Mover, or Helper, or Assistant

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