Upholstery classes are available at a number of community colleges and art schools. They may be offered as part of upholstery certificate programs or on their own as standalone classes. Graduates may become upholstery-sewers, fabric-cutters or pattern makers.
Here is an outline of common concepts taught in upholstery courses:
- Fabric selection
- Upholstery mechanics
- Existing frameworks
- Furniture restoration
- Creating slipcovers
- Large furniture upholstery
- Auto and boat upholstery
List of Common Upholstery Courses
Basic Upholstery Course
This course teaches how to assess costs and select fabrics for a given upholstery job. Students learn the operation of industrial sewing machines and hand tools; they must complete upholstery projects as part of their training.
Furniture Techniques Course
This introductory class teaches the basics of how to upholster simple, small pieces such as ottomans, chairs or stools. Participants practice removing existing fabric, staples and nails; they then add new materials to the furniture framework.
Upholstery Techniques Course
Slightly more advanced upholstery techniques are the focal point of this class. Enrollees gain expertise in upholstery installation, vinyl repairs, slipcovers and the restoration of antiques. They also learn channeling and diamond-tufting skills.
Advanced Furniture Techniques Course
Students work on large furniture items, such as sofa-sleepers. They must be capable of dismantling the furniture and identifying each section. Fabric cutting and matching techniques are mastered in this advanced class.
Vehicle Upholstery Course
Those who wish to work specifically with small vehicles gain an understanding of how to make repairs to car and boat interiors. Upholstered parts are often removed from vehicles and then must be reinstalled to test skills proficiency.
Upholstery Lab Course
Prior to enrolling in a lab that requires extensive hands-on work, students must already have basic upholstery skills. Rather than learn new skills, they demonstrate and practice at those they already know. They must be familiar with furniture upholstery sewing and how to apply fabrics correctly. Additionally, they should already have proficiency in the use of their job tools and equipment.