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with Cynthia Bleskachek
Online Class

Getting Started With Upholstery

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Bring your furniture back looking better than ever! Join upholstery professional Cynthia Bleskachek and learn how to reupholster a chair seat. During class, you’ll build a solid repertoire of techniques you can take into your future furniture-covering endeavors, practicing on a slip-seat and side chair along the way. Discover which types of fabric best fit your needs, the proper tools for the job and how to tear back old fabric for a fresh start. Cynthia will help you conquer corners and curves to get even coverage, and show you how to make precise relief cuts for smooth, pucker-free upholstery. Plus, you’ll install tack strips for clean edges, and learn to add designer details like buttons and nailhead trim!


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 3h12m

Included in this Class

1. Starting the Slip Seat

1. Starting the Slip Seat

Meet upholstery instructor Cynthia Bleskachek and preview the essential skills you'll learn in class. Then, start reupholstering a slip seat! Discover which types of fabric work best for upholstery. Learn the proper technique for removing staples from furniture. Plus, get step-by-step instruction on measuring and cutting your new fabric.

2. Finishing the Slip Seat

2. Finishing the Slip Seat

Finish upholstering the slip seat from Lesson 1. Cynthia guides you through the process of positioning and tensioning fabric. See how to achieve smooth and even coverage as you upholster the curves and corners of the seat. You'll be amazed by the professional-looking results!

3. Starting the Side Chair

3. Starting the Side Chair

Take your skill set to the next level as you reupholster your first chair. In addition to getting tips on selecting an ideal chair for the project, Cynthia shares a trusty method for removing old fabric. You'll also learn how to accurately measure fabric for a cut list.

Recommended with this class

  • Pneumatic staple gun with air compressor (recommended) or manual staple gun
  • Tack hammer
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Safety glasses
  • Decorative nailheads (optional)