Where Can I Find Free Online Upholstery Lessons and Courses?

Free online upholstery lessons can teach you basic techniques for upholstering chairs, couches and other furniture. Read on to find out what courses are available and how to access them. Schools offering Automobile Repair degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Should Know

Free online courses typically are offered by professional upholsters rather than postsecondary institutions; while this means you won't earn credit for taking them, you can save money by upholstering your own furniture instead of paying a professional to do it. A PDF reader might be needed to view some course materials, but otherwise, all you need is a computer and an Internet connection.


1. Upholstery Basics from Eisenberg Upholstery

Presented by the owner of a furniture upholstery business, Upholstery Basics consists of free video and written lessons designed to be used together. The lessons - which are presented by an individual upholsterer, and are not the same as taking a regular class - provide step-by-step instructions for various furniture upholstering techniques.

What Will I Learn?

You will learn how to select and buy proper upholstery tools to use on fabrics, foam and other materials. The course also covers techniques for making box welted cushions and upholstering dining room chairs.

What Materials Are Provided?

Upholstery Basics provides a written course outline that includes tips on cutting and sewing, fabric selection and layout. The outline cites a textbook and lists upholstery tools you will need. Other written lessons cover foam, gluing and woodwork. A fabric layout sheet is also provided in .pdf format.

2. Tying Springs from AntiqueUpholsterer.com

The AntiqueUpholster.com's Tying Springs tutorial uses photos and text to provide instructions for tying coil springs at their tops to hold them in position during upholstering. This lesson is presented by a commercial upholsterer - it's not the same as taking an upholstery class at a college or university.

What Does the Tutorial Cover?

You will learn how to tie springs in a fainting couch, a seat and a Victorian chair using 4-way ties, 8-way ties, side-to-side ties and back-to-front ties. This tutorial also provides tips for using tools and materials such as jute webbing, a jute spring-tie, upholsterer's tacks and hog rings.

What Materials Are Provided?

The Tying Springs web page provides links to other AntiqueUpholsterer.com upholstery tutorials on other furniture, including daybeds, wingback chairs, recliners and ottomans. Victorian and Scandinavian furniture are also covered.

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