Since you have arrived at this page, we know that you are interested in
learning how to reupholster furniture. We may just have the answers that you are looking for.
We have 35 years’ experience both in teaching others and working in our own shop. Over the years we have met and worked with many interesting people, who have had some very interesting projects to either be upholstered (new frames) or reupholstered.
We have reupholstered furniture from homes, offices, restaurants,
hospitals, museums, furniture stores and interior designers.
Customers come to our shop to buy supplies; and many times they ask for advice about their projects.
If you are looking for automotive upholstery, we can't help you. That is
one thing we don't do. But, we can teach you the basics of reupholstery which applies to all types of upholstery or reupholstery.
Reupholstering is a skill that just about anyone can learn. Some of the work requires attention to details. People who do not have patience might have difficulty.
You began school by learning the basic 3 R's, then advanced to higher grades. This same principle applies to learning how to reupholster furniture. You begin with the basics of how to reupholster and advance as your skills develop.
You will always use these basic skills in upholstering and reupholstering, whether you are a beginner or a professional. After you have learned the basics, some of the advanced skills can be easily learned. And many times, using a little common sense, you can figure out how to do the advanced skills on your own.
When we taught upholstery classes, students who began with simple projects learned much faster and completed them. Those who started with a recliner, club chair or other large piece of furniture did not learn very fast; and did not finish them. They would make the comment that they wished they had listened and started with something simple like a plain kitchen or dining room or desk chair seat. These simple padded seats are often called slipseats.
Believe it or not, there is much to be learned from reupholstering a simple padded seat first. When you do advance to doing a larger piece of furniture, you will complete it faster and make fewer mistakes.
Even simple seats may require much more than putting on new fabric.
How to: Use various small tools; remove old cover; measure and cut fabric pieces; check padding and replace it if necessary; positioning fabric on seat; making fabric the right tightness; sequence of attaching fabric; finishing corners; attaching dust cover; re-fastening finished seat to chair frame. Optionally, you may have sewed welt
and it attached to the bottom edge of the padded seat.
Who would have thought that you could learn so many basic techniques from doing a simple seat. It is much easier to learn these finer points on something simple rather than having to learn them at the time you are doing a big, complicated piece of furniture.
The importance of learning the basics of reupholstery cannot be overlooked. Especially, if your goal is to be able to reupholster additional pieces of furniture in the future, you will always use the basics no matter what you reupholster. Every reupholstery
project will afford you an opportunity to add to the knowledge you have already learned.
As you learn and apply each instruction, you will become better at your new skill and gain confidence in what you are able to accomplish. As your skills increase, you will be able to confidently tackle more difficult and larger projects.
If you are at the bottom of this page, we assume that you are serious about learning how to reupholster furniture.