Home | Newsletter Archive | How-To-Videos | Upholstery Tools | Gallery

Who Else Wants to Learn How To Reupholster Furniture?

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.

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.

Why Should You Believe Us?

Over the past 35 years we have had a full-time shop.  During that time we have also taught a continuing adult  education class in upholstery at the local community college.

We have upholstered (new frames) and reupholstered furniture from homes, offices, restaurants, hospitals, museums, furniture stores and interior designers.  Some projects were very challenging and unique.

How-to Pamphlet Became eBook

Learn How to ReuphlsterStudents in our upholstery classes and customers who came to our shop to buy supplies had many questions, which we answered. 

We began to put together a pamphlet on the basics of upholstery/reupholstery that answered frequently asked questions.  That pamphlet grew into an eBook  with pictures demonstrating the written how-to steps.

Automotive Upholstery

We can’t help you with automotive upholstery.  However, we can teach you the basics of reupholstery.  The basics apply to all types of reupholstery—including automotive.

Where Should You Begin To Learn How To Upholster?

If you want to learn how to reupholster furniture, the place to start is with some simple reupholstery projects.  Some examples would be a throw pillow, an ottoman, a piano bench, or a plain seat on a kitchen, dining room or desk chair.

It is easier to learn the basics step-by-step on simple pieces.  You will actually learn faster beginning this way, rather than on something more complicated.  Once you have mastered the basics of reupholstery, it is easier to advance and learn some of the more difficult steps.

When we taught the upholstery class at our local community college, some students brought club chairs, recliners and other large pieces of furniture.  These pieces were far too advanced for beginners.  They did not learn very fast; and they were not able to finish their projects.  And many of them said they wish they had started with a simpler project, as we had advised.

Mastering the Basics

Like any other skill you want to learn, the best place to start is with the basics. 

The students who began with simple projects learned much faster and completed them.  Applying what they had learned on their first simple project, they were able to begin another project during the upholstery course.

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.

Simple Padded Seats

Simple Slip Seat

Simple padded seats are often called slip seats.
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.

What Can You Learn From Simple Seats?

Even simple seats may require much more than putting on new fabric.

Look What You Learned from a Simple Seat

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 attached it 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.

Importance of Learning Basics of Reupholstery

The importance of learning the basics of reupholstery cannot be overlooked.  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.

More Information about How to Reupholster Furniture

If you are at the bottom of this page, we assume that you are serious about learning how to reupholster furniture.

For more information about how to reupholster, Click Here.


Upholstery Tips Newsletter
Sharing upholstery tips and techniques about tools, fabrics, other upholstery related subjects

Click Here to Subscribe

How To    Upholster Furniture


Fabric Care

Leather Furniture Facts

What is Upholstered Furniture