The training behind sofa manufacturing

22-01-2010 18:46 (0 comments)

How the AMUSF contributes to the high standard of UK sofa manufacturing.

The training behind sofa manufacturing


The Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) was founded in 1947 to protect the interests of upholsterers, small furniture makers, and soft furnishers. Today the Association runs training courses at Approved Training Centres around the country.


Most AMUSF members come under the categories of either upholsterers or soft furnishers. Some carry out the full range of both upholstery and soft furnishing work while others conduct specialist work within those broad descriptions.


According to their website, “The specialist work done by some members includes specifically traditional upholstery, antique restoration, modern upholstery work, furniture frame making, bespoke furniture making, loose covers, car/coach trimming, marine upholstery, bespoke bed manufacturers, polishing, caning, carpet fitting, and leather restoration work”.


Some of this work is devoted to the manufacture of sofas, especially modern upholstery work, furniture frame making, and leather restoration work.


Why are we telling you this? For two reasons. First, consumers want to know that the products they buy are made to professional industry standards. Second, as the Association says, “Good training is imperative for a sound and productive business and in today’s economic climate, training can make the difference between survival and failure”.


So professional training reassures consumers that they are purchasing reliable, properly constructed products, at the same time as benefiting businesses.


Concerned by the lack of practical craft skills being offered elsewhere, the AMUSF has developed a range of Upholstery and Soft Furnishings qualifications. They are all based on good practical traditional upholstery and soft furnishing skills.


Part of the Furniture, Furnishings & Interiors industry, which comprises around 12,000 UK workplaces and employs around 147,000 people, The Association is also backed by Proskills, the Sector Skills Council for the Process & Manufacturing sector. This means the work of its members and any training it conducts should meet the highest possible standards.


So what are the benefits of all this AMUSF training to sofa buyers?


·        You can be sure industry standards are at the heart of any AMUSF training

·        Your sofa will be the work of professionally accredited craftsmen and women

·        Working with Proskills, the Association is committed to maintaining its rigorous training standards

·        The AMUSF also has a Consumer Code of Practice outlining what consumers have a right to expect of members


English Leather Sofas provides a wide range of Traditional Chesterfield Leather Sofas, Designer Leather Sofas, Italian leather Sofas and Leather Sofa beds at highly competitive prices.

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