Basic Upholstery

Eliot School Basic Upholstery

Learn the basic elements of upholstery as you complete a simple footstool: webbing, springing (with coil springs and 8–way tying), padding, covering and stitching with a machine. This is a perfect prequel to our regular Upholstery class, if you want some skills before addressing your own furniture.

Basic Upholstery is a structured class. All students work on the same project, a small ottoman, which you take home at the end. You won't learn how to strip and repair used furniture. But you will learn how to upholster a basic piece of furniture from scratch.

If you want to upholster your own pieces of furniture, you may take Basic Upholstery first – or leap right in to our 10–week Upholstery class or Summer Upholstery Intensive. Those are run as open workshops, in which instructors move between students, advising them as their projects progress. In those classes, students bring their own furniture to strip down and re–upholster.

Course Number


Class Size


Age Range

17+, teens by permission

Skill Level





Please bring to class:

  • Dropcloth (old bedsheet works well) to cover work surface while working
  • Good pair of scissors suitable for cutting upholstery-weight fabric
  • Measuring tape (flexible/cloth, not metal)
  • Straight pins (good, strong ones) and pincushion
  • Seam ripper

All other materials will be provided in class except for fabric. Be prepared to shop for fabric after the first class.

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Instructor, Schedule, and Cost

Fall 2017

Section 1: 6 Wednesdays, 6:30–9:30pm
1F: Oct 4–Nov 8, 2017 
Instructor: Seymour Beckford

$320CANCELED  (Tuition includes materials, except for fabric)


Winter 2018

Section 1: 6 Wednesdays, 6:30–9:30pm
1W: Jan 31–Mar 7, 2017 (snow day make-up Mar 14)
Instructor: Kathleen Gaskin-Holland