Upholstery Classes

4 unique chair styles

Do It Yourself.

And with access to all the instruction, tools and support you need.

Current & Upcoming Workshops & Events:

Learn creative ways to repurpose instead of throwing stuff away!

‘Beginner Chair Upholstery Workshop’  Jan 26, 2017, 5:30-7:30 pm & Feb 11-12, 2017, 9:30-5:30 both days. Workshops in Livingston, Montana – single person $285 or bring one friend for $259 each, or bring two friends for $229 each.

Go Wild! Chair Workshop  Sept 18, 2016, 11 am-2 pm at Paper Airplane Designs in Livingston. Go wild and explore your creative muse! Energize your work with an infusion of creativity – brainstorming & idea-sharing with others in the class. You’ll be swept up in the collaborative energy of the workspace!

Other workshop times available by request: get 3 friends together and we’ll make a date! Also, if you have a group of friends who would like to do a class around a theme, celebration, or just want to CREATE some wild chairs together, contact Carla to schedule a special class just for your group! Workshops in Livingston, Montana – single person $285 or bring one friend for $259 each, or bring two friends for $229 each. Travel charge added for workshops at your location.

Upholstery in the Maker Space  I’m working on a new offering for students who have a project, and are either not able to sign up for the intensive 2-day chair workshop, or prefer to spread the work over a longer time period. Check out the ‘why‘ behind this concept, and post your comments about the upholstery ‘maker movement’.

What’s your ‘Uphol-Story’?  To support and raise awareness of upholstery in the Maker Space in I’m looking for creative upholstery makers who would like to share their ‘uphol-story’ as part of a 2016 video series (a simple chair + your creative vision = a unique maker’s story!)

‘Funky 50s Sofa – Free Upholstery Workshops’  The sofa was completed during the final workshop in October 2014. You can see photos of the finished sofa and workshops here.

Are you looking to get rid of Flame Retardants in your upholstered furniture? If you missed the ‘Safer Sofa Foam Exchange’ at Refuge Sustainable Building Center in Bozeman, not to worry. Living Home Furniture’s online store now offers wool, cotton, latex and other healthy upholstery materials, including custom cut latex foam to replace those old chair cushions – shop now!

Cathy Stapling Bench Upholstery

Before taking Carla’s workshop, I felt uncertain of my ability to do a good job on a big cushion seat project. During the class, I was able to create a piece I am proud of! I came away with a professional looking (by me!) booth seat for my vintage camper. I feel empowered, confident and anxious to complete the next seat so I can enjoy entertaining in style in my ‘new’ camper.

–Cathy Johnson, Livingston, MT

Participants at work
See the current Class Calendar for additional class offerings and all scheduled dates, times & places.

We all have a story about our furniture. What’s yours?

Whether your particular chair means the world to you or you’re just looking for a way to not throw it away here’s your chance to give that piece of your life a new story.

Dining chairs looking a little rough around the edges. An old favorite arm chair in need of repair sent to the attic until you can get around to it. The most awesome retro-vintage piece that just needs a new cushion. A very special, but sadly broken-down family heirloom that has been calling to be returned to its place of honor in your family’s life.

Take the first step and attend a local workshop event…

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Start Here to determine which class is the best fit for you:

Here are our current class and event offerings:

Slip Seat Dining Chair Upholstery Workshop
Build Your own Boxed Cushion Workshop
Beginner Chair Upholstery Workshop
Online Course: ‘Bodacious Box Cushions – A Creative Upholstery eCourse’


Have more questions about what’s involved in re-upholstering a chair? Check out our detailed look at the 10 Steps of Re-upholstery

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  1. Angela SwanAngela Swan04-03-2015

    I reside in Louisville, KY. and I’m interested in possible taking online classes to learn furniture upholstery. Is that possible?

  2. Carla PyleCarla Pyle05-04-2015

    Hi Angela,

    I currently have one online class to build a boxed & corded cushion for a chair, sofa, window seat or yoga cushion. For 2016, I’m converting this course to be self-paced.

    You can learn more at http://www.bodaciousboxcushions.com/ This is a comprehensive course that plays with some fun design exercises to help you choose fabrics as well as providing detailed videos of measuring, cutting and sewing all the parts of a zippered box cushion (including the foam core).

    We also cover alternative materials in the class if you’re thinking of using natural & organic materials in your cushion.

    Thanks for a great question!
    Carla

  3. Patricia KeyPatricia Key10-23-2016

    I have a recliner that needs to be reupholstered…any suggestions on that type of class? Thanks

  4. Carla PyleCarla Pyle11-04-2016

    Hi Patricia,

    A recliner would be advanced upholstery project. Unless you have extensive upholstery experience, I recommend taking a beginner level class before taking on anything with upholstered arms. Recliners may require specialized tools to disassemble and reassemble due to the springs and levers associated with the reclining mechanism.

    Thanks for a great question,
    Carla

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