Bed Manufacturer Apprenticeship Course

Bed Manufacturers work in factory environments, where the ability to work to agreed targets in terms of output and quality standards is essential. Manufacturers often work shift systems and within the seasonality of the industry. As a Bed Manufacturer, you may be involved in mattress making, or divan & headboard making.


Skills, interests and qualities

  • Good practical skills and some mechanical knowledge

  • The ability to follow detailed instructions

  • Good levels of concentration and attention to detail

  • A safety-conscious approach to work

  • The ability to work both on your own and in a team

  • Good maths skills to make calculations and take measurements


What training will I receive?

As a Bed Manufacturer you will be following a comprehensive training programme.

As a Mattress Maker, training can cover elements such as spring making, preparing for and carrying out mattress quilting operations, setting up machinery to carry out tape edging and stitching components. You may also cover cutting fabric and components for panels, sewing, assembly and tufting.

As a Divan/Headboard Maker, training may include learning how to prepare and upholster headboards/finish divans, produce hand/machine sewn components and operate CNC machinery to produce shaped headboards. You may also learn things like operating and maintaining machinery, preparing and cutting fabric, frame assembly or producing ottoman/adjustable beds


When do I attend training?

Training can be organised to suit the needs of employers and can consist of attending on a day release once a week, or in week blocks, that will be spread five times throughout the year.


What will I get at the end of my programme?

Throughout your training Programme, you will need to prove your ability in at least two of the following requirements:

For Mattress Making

  • Spring making
  • Quilting
  • Hand side stitching
  • Tape edging

For Divan and Headboard making

  • Sewing
  • Headboard Upholstery
  • Upholstery
  • Drawer Making

Plus - Two additional requirements chosen by the employer from the following:

For mattress making - Panel cutting, sewing borders / labels, Mattress assembly and Tufting.

For divan and headboard making - Wood machining, Laying and cutting fabrics, Frame making, CNC Routing and Ottoman / adjustable bed frames

Plus improving Functional Skills in English and Maths (where appropriate)


On successful completion you will have achieved the Level 2 Standard in Bed Manufacturing


Progression opportunities

With a Level 2 Apprenticeship, you can start working towards the Advanced Level 3. You may want to develop your skills to the next level and start to think about becoming a team leader or even a supervisor!

This progression will help you to develop and nurture the skills you already have and enable you to pass on your experience to others.


How do I apply?

There are several ways to apply:

Contact the recruitment team on 0115 9677771 or write to us at WEBS Training Ltd, The Poplars, Wollaton Road Beeston NG9 2PD

Submit an enquiry via the website Enquiry Form

Email us at


Details of standard

As an Apprentice Bed Manufacturer, you will complete all the core requirements set out below and then the set number of requirements for the chosen route.


Core Requirements

As part of the standard you will be required to undertake a number of core requirements around the knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of a furniture manufacturer. These will reflect the sector and the organisation you work covering such things as health & safety, your organisation, industry knowledge, customers, quality standards, maintaining equipment and behaviours expected of you in the work place.


Trade Requirements

In order to ensure sufficient flexibility to meet the needs of the industry whilst maintaining the rigour of every single apprenticeship within it, Bed Manufacturers will need to undertake four of the following requirements, at least two must be Group A. These could be mattress making skills, divan and headboard making or a mixture of both.

Mattress Making

Spring Making Prepare work area, set up machine for appropriate spring type and size and produce springs to the required specification.
Quilting Prepare for and carry out mattress quilting operations. Understand and operate quilting machines.
Tape Edging Prepare work area, set up machinery, select materials and carry out tape edging. Tape edging is usually the final process in mattress making. It involves closing the mattress up by the application of a tape using a sewing machine.
Hand Side Stitching Identify and sort components and sew materials to specification.



Group B  
Panel Cutting Prepare and cut fabric and components used for panels. Understand and use any machinery used in this process.
Sewing Borders / Labels Identify and sort components. Sew materials to specification.
Mattress Assembly Assemble mattresses using appropriate components such as spring units and fillings to agreed standards. This will involve the use of equipment such as a glue spray and staple guns.
Tufting Tuft mattresses to appropriate pattern and standard.



Divan and Headboard Making

Sewing Produce sewn / seamed components by hand and through the use of machinery.
Headboard Upholstery Upholster headboards including pleats, deep buttoning, ruching and fluting.
Upholstery Prepare, cut and apply upholstery materials, trim and finish divans.
CNC Routing Prepare, set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinery to produce shaped headboards.



Group B  
Wood Machining Prepare, set up, operate and maintain machinery to produce wood components.
Laying and Cutting Fabrics Prepare and cut fabric and components.
Frame Making Prepare and assemble frames using jigs.
Drawer Making Upholster drawer fronts, prepare and assemble drawers.
Ottoman / Adjustable Bed Frames Produce ottoman or adjustable beds ensuring the mechanisms are correctly attached and in working order.



Maths and English Requirements

For apprentices that have not yet achieved level 2 English and maths, they must achieve Ievel 1 English and maths and take the test for level 2 prior to taking their endpoint assessment.