Upholstery Immersion (Friday evening) 3S23
Learn to upholster with a project all your own.
Join a shop away from home, with tools, mentorship and community.
In this open-format class, there is no set curriculum. Instead, the instructor will circulate throughout the classroom, giving upholstery instruction at all levels.
Start with a dining chair or ottoman (large chairs take more than one semester). Bring your piece to the first class.
We have limited storage-space on-site, so love seats/sofas/chaise lounges cannot be accommodated.
Never done upholstery before? You'll get the most out of this class by starting small, such as with a footstool, ottoman, or fabric-backed dining chair.
Larger projects, such as armchairs or wing-back chairs will require more than one semester to complete (smaller pieces may as well). We ask that you work on a single project at a time, and tag your pieces with your name, semester, and phone number. All projects will go home with you at the end of the semester.
INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS: You may prepare for class by stripping your furniture at home. Beginners may wish to strip furniture with supervision of the instructor.
New sections open each semester. Add yourself to our newsletter list to receive notice when our new schedules go up online.
In summer, we offer a Summer Upholstery Intensive – a full week of upholstery education and practice.
Seymour Beckford started his apprenticeship at age 15 in Jamaica, doing both automobile and household upholstery. He continued as a professional upholsterer in a manufacturing plant there before founding his own company, MasterCraft Upholstery. Relocating to Boston, he worked at Majestic Upholstery in Kenmore Square and taught woodworking to children with physical and mental disabilities at Little People’s School (Newton). For over 22 years, he has maintained Seymour's Upholstering, a small storefront business in Mattapan.
Materials to bring to class:
Bring to the first class:
Your piece of furniture. Beginners will learn to strip furniture in the first class session.
Two dropcloths (old bedsheets work well): one to cover work surface, one to cover furniture in storage
*Please only bring a furniture item you are able to move on your own, or bring someone to assist you
Needed after the first class (Check with instructor in class before shopping):
Good pair of scissors suitable for upholstery-weight fabric
Tack and Staple Remover (Tool #121)
Tack claw (Osborne # 202)
Magnetic hammer (Osborne #222)
10" Upholstery shears (Osborne #684-10)
Ripping tool (Osborne #402)
Curved needles (Osborne #K-3)
Straight-point needles (Osborne # K-5)
Upholstery pins (Osborne #190)
6-oz. Upholstery tacks
Marking chalk (Osborne #88)
The following will be discussed in class:
1” or 4” foam
Italian Ruby twine – 1 lb. spool
fabric: 5/32” welt