Welcome to The Funky Little Chair . . .

What began as a semi-educational facebook page eventually became a hands-on teaching community – first in St. Paul, and now in Minneapolis.

Our initial mission was simply to share upholstery – its history, its complexities, its people.

From year to year, that undertaking has grown to include hundreds of students, many passionate instructors, and the support of our professional peers. We continue to look for new ways to adapt and better serve a complex market through training and education.

We are happy that you are here – whether you’re brand new, a serious hobbyist, a fellow professional or another educator, we’re excited that you’re excited about upholstery . . .

Cynthia Bleskachek, The Funky Little Chair

Cynthia Bleskachek

“Owner, Cynthia Bleskachek, has been working as a professional upholsterer since 2001 and teaching since 2010. In 2008 she won a first place craftsmanship award through The Upholstery Journal for a tufted chair.

She was a featured presenter at the 2015 Minneapolis Junk Bonanza, with appearances on Kare 11 and Fox 9. 

Cynthia guest teaches at Workroom Tech in North Carolina and will be a 2018 instructor at Custom Workroom Conference in South Carolina. 

She currently serves as education chair for the Professional Upholstery Association of Minnesota