The culmination of your basic level journey.

This course will build on all previous knowledge and add many of the skills you’ll need to really start exploring upholstery furniture. This includes a functional understanding of modern foundation layers, easement cuts, and several techniques for closing fabric with no visible staples or stitches. 

Before beginning this course, you should be comfortable with boxed cushions and all slip seat variations. If your chair has coil springs, you will want to complete that course simultaneously. 

This course will demonstrate in great detail how to approach every step and skill in this type of chair. This includes assessing a sinuous spring system, building up modern foundation and padding layers, creating a cut list and diagram, centering/tensioning/finishing fabric in layered projects, easement cuts and other considerations when working directly onto a frame, hand stitching, pli-grip and back tacking. 

This course includes several hours of video demonstration with close ups, and additional resources to help you put these skills into practice on similar chairs. 

By the end of this course, and in combination with other content within the basic level courses, students will be well equipped to begin offering professional “light upholstery” services. 

After this course, students should focus on gaining adequate practice and repetition until they very confident in applying what’s been introduced and how to navigate minor variations. This is a great time to seek a live class and/or virtual instructor support. 

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Instructions for this course

    • How to experience this online course

    • Tools & Material

  • 2

    Upholstering a side chair

    • Tear Back & Documentation

    • Self-Assessment - Tear Back & Documentation

    • Cutting

    • Self-Assessment - Cutting

    • Interior Foundation

    • Self-Assessment: Foundation

    • Seat Padding

    • Self-Assessment: Seat Padding

    • Seat Fabric

    • Self-Assessment: Seat Fabric

    • Inside Back

    • Self-Assessment: Inside Back

    • Outside Back

    • Self-Assessment: Outside Back

    • Tackband

    • Self-Assessment: Tackband

    • Bottom Finishing

    • Self-Assessment: Bottom Finishing

  • 3


    • Tool Inventory for Basic Courses

    • Video of Tool Inventory for Basic Courses

    • Tear Back

    • Foam Selection

    • Blank Cut List

    • Blank Cut Diagram

  • 4

    Next Steps...

    • Practice Log

    • Photo of your work

    • Survey


  • Video Instruction

    In-depth video instruction filled with skilled demonstration. We know exactly where students need close ups, explanations and details. It’s just like watching someone in their workroom, except you can review as many times as you’d like.

  • Self Assessment

    Check your work with supplied checklists and check your comprehension with additional questions that will help you explore beyond this project.

  • Printable Resources

    Step-by-step instructions, reference materials, and full course packets you can save and/or print for future reference.