Beginner Chair Upholstery Workshop

Let us help you reinvent your piece! Learn how to repair, restore & restyle your own Beginner Level Chair!


Class includes a 2-hour Prep-class two weeks before the 2-day Workshop.

3 people working on chair upholstery

Students work on their chairs during the workshop in Carla’s studio

2 views - student & chair - before and after

Before & After: Deb chose a 50’s style rocker from our inventory to restore

Carla is such a resource for Livingston. This class was a great opportunity to learn the ins and outs of upholstery and it came at the perfect time. I’d been fascinated in furniture for a while and was excited to find the course shortly after moving to town. The class size was small, so each student received individualized attention and guidance in addressing the intricacies of their chairs. Carla brought each of us through the process of upholstering our chairs step by step. I’m not a seamstress, so I was nervous about sewing. Carla showed me how to sew the welts, accurately measure the pieces, join the fabric, stretch the burlap & tack and staple the upholstery. I ended up with a beautiful chair that I’m super proud of.”

–Cheryl Watson Cooney, Livingston, MT
3 images of beginner chair under deconstruction

Carla demonstrates deconstruction of a beginner-level dining chair

How do I know if I have a ‘Beginner Level Chair’? A Beginner Level Chair has open/un-upholstered arms (or no arms).

Note: All chairs must be pre-approved prior to registration.
Please read the Class Policies before registering for the class.

Don’t have a chair? Contact Carla to see photos of chairs we have available for students. Thrift store pricing makes these affordable!

4 chair images

4 examples of chair styles acceptable for the Beginner Chair Upholstery Workshop

Three sessions: Session 1:  (2 hours) – Bring your pre-approved chair (see examples on this page of chairs suitable for the class). In this two hour Prep-class we will walk through the steps of beginning deconstruction of your chair. Learn how to evaluate your chair’s frame condition and how to measure and calculate how much fabric & foam to buy for your project. You will take home a customized fabric layout map for your project to assist you with the homework of purchasing your fabric in preparation for the second session. (scheduled 2 weeks later). If we determine that your chair needs structural repairs, a new plywood seat foundation, or refinishing/repainting you will be advised on options for how to get this done or do it yourself before the second session.

HOMEWORK: 1. Purchase fabric & new foam (if needed) 2. Deconstruction: remove the old fabric from your chair 3. Complete any repairs and refinishing/repainting that your frame requires, if necessary – prior to session 2 4. Optional: cut out your fabric using your completed layout map and detailed instructions from the Prep-class

Session 2 & 3: two consecutive days – 2 weeks later (8 hrs/day) – Bring your chair, fabric and padding materials that you purchased after the first session. We will walk through the steps of fitting & attaching your new padding & fabric to your chair frame, including any stitching required such as welt or minor piecing of sections, as necessary. Participants will work independently on their projects with support & hands on instruction personalized to each person’s project. Throughout the class, individual challenges will be addressed to provide a learning experience for the entire class.

2 images: chrome-framed chair before & after reupholstery

The possibilities for your chair’s new look are endless…

Note: Fabric & padding materials will be optionally available for purchase from Instructor Carla Pyle’s studio with a student discount.

*** Important: Please read the Class Policies before registering for the class. Your registration signifies your agreement with all Class Policies. All chairs must be pre-approved before the classContact Carla to receive an email address to submit photos of your chair.

We provide:

  • use of all tools and sewing machines, thread, spring twine, tufting twine, staples, adhesive, covered button molds and hot glue
  • professional tips & tricks of the trade
  • helpful charts & handouts that you can take home for future reference
  • a memorable experience and and skills you can use throughout your life

You provide:

  • your pre-approved chair
  • upholstery fabric, foam and embellishments such as decorative nails & trim – amount to purchase is determined in the Prep-class
  • A nominal fee will be applied to these extra materials used in class: jute webbing, dacron batting, cotton batting, burlap, welt cord, zippers, springs and muslin
  • a willingness to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty!

Nothing beats the satisfaction and fun of restoring a chair in your own unique style and making new friends in the process!

DIY upholstery class student with chair before & after re-upholstery

Leslie with her chair Before & After the Beginner Chair Workshop

Beginner Chair Upholstery Workshop
Instructor: Carla Pyle
Class size: 3-4 
Sep 14, 2017, 5:30-7:30 pm (prep class) and & Sep 30-Oct 1, 2017, 9:30-5:30 both days.
Workshop fee: Single participant: $285 or take advantage of a Bring-a-Friend discount ($259 each when you and one friend sign up together, or $229 each when you and two friends sign up together).

Check out the Class Policies to bring yourself up to date before registering for the class. (Note: your registration signifies your agreement with all Class Policies)… So appreciated!

Number of Participants

Dates not a fit for your schedule? This class is offered twice a year, in Fall and Winter. Custom dates may be available upon request: get 3 friends together and we’ll arrange a date that’s just right for you! Contact me (Carla) to schedule a special class just for your group!

Note about mailing list: If you’re not already on the mailing list, be sure to sign up to be reminded of important dates & class schedules, and to receive upholstery tips, design ideas, free video content and more!

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