Your very first project “at the bench”

Though many people have recovered their kitchen chairs, this course should not be skipped. We will look at this simple project through the lens of a professional and introduce “best practices” that you’ll need for more complex styles. 

Before beginning, we recommend that you complete Boxed Cushions, although these two courses can be completed simultaneously. 

This course will demonstrate how to fully reupholster a pull-over slip seat, including an introduction to webbing and padding. We’ll discuss how to approach each step with professional results in mind, including steps like cutting, centering, tensioning, corners and trimming. 

This course gives in-depth video and downloadable instruction on how to reupholster two example seats in fabric and vinyl. Additionally, there are downloadable resources and forms to help you apply knowledge to any basic pull over project you may encounter.  

By the end of this course, students will be prepared to professionally reupholster a slip seat, and to consider more advanced applications for techniques and concepts covered. Once this course AND boxed cushions have been completed, you are ready to move on to Slip Seat Variations. 


  • 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.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Instructions for this course

    • How to experience this online course

    • Getting started

    • Tools and materials

  • 2

    Upholstering a slip seat with fabric

    • Video - slip seat with fabric

    • Instructions for fabric slip seats

    • Self assessment for fabric slip seats

  • 3

    Upholstering with vinyl

    • Video for vinyl slip seat

    • Instructions for vinyl slip seats

    • Self assessment for vinyl slip seats

  • 4


    • Methods

    • Vocabulary

    • Tear Back

    • Foam Selection

    • Blank Cut List

    • Blank Cut Diagram

    • Tool Inventory for Basic Courses

    • Video of Tool Inventory for Basic Courses

  • 5

    Next steps...

    • Variations

    • Full packet download

    • Practice Log

    • Photo of your work

    • Survey