Q. What’s included with the cost of a class?
A. In addition to professional instruction/support, your registration includes access to a professional work space, tools and basic supplies. Foam, fabric and special order supplies are not included.
Q. What is your cancellation/refund policy
A. If you cancel three weeks in advance, we’ll refund your money minus processing fees. After that, there are no refunds unless we’re able to fill your spot. Due to low student/teacher ratios, we generally cannot accommodate late requests to change dates – PLEASE CHECK YOUR SCHEDULE CAREFULLY – cancellations bum everybody out.
Q. Where should I buy fabric?
A. There are many options for buying upholstery fabric – some students like to shop for treasures online, or at local chain fabric stores. Once you’re registered, your instructor will advise you on how much fabric to bring and can give you ideas on what to look for.
Q. What kind of a project should I bring in?
A. Something simple! Don’t worry about sourcing anything particularly old or valuable, in fact you DON’T want to start with a valuable heirloom – upholstery takes practice! Look for an inexpensive second hand chair or, even better, a freebie. For some ideas, you can check out our Pinterest Board, Good First Upholstery Projects.
Q. I don’t want to be bored – can’t I bring in an advanced project?
A: While we understand your concern, the VAST MAJORITY of students find that their project is more challenging than they expected. Most students who bring in complex chairs DO NOT LEARN MORE – they retain less because they are overwhelmed by so many new techniques at once, and end up frustrated or frantic. Choosing a simple first project allows you to be mindful of the process. You will have a better experience, learn more, and leave with better results by starting small. Don’t believe me? Take if from a student: “Worst First Upholstery Project.” We look forward to seeing you in the future with all the complex projects you’ve acquired over the years.
Q. Can I bring in a sofa etc.?
A. No. Due to space and time limitations, we only allow chairs. The great news is, any technique you may need for a sofa, can be explored and mastered on a similar chair. If you are strictly interested in having one sofa reupholstered, we recommend getting a quote to have the work done professionally.
Q. What’s your student/teacher ratio?
A. We maintain a ratio of 1:4 or better, ensuring individualized instruction. However, It is our firm belief that upholstery is mastered through practice and exploration, therefore we’ll demonstrate, advise, and then step aside so that you can spend your time DOING as opposed to WATCHING. This is another reason why it is so important to start small: If your chair is advanced and you’re not yet comfortable with the basics, you’ll likely end up watching and waiting more than working. We want you to have a very successful hands-on experience!
Q. How long will a chair take me/how far will I get?
A. We cannot give you a specific answer, only guidelines based on past students. Your time will be affected by project selection, fabric selection, and personal standards. Some factors that commonly cause delays are unexpected frame/spring/foundation work, an especially challenging fabric selection, and high expectations for quality.
Generally, a simple side chair (seat/back, no major foundation work) takes 10-15 hours, while a fully upholstered chair takes 25-30. Wing chairs, antiques needing foundation work, complex sewing or patterning fabric from scratch take even longer. We’re always happy to recommend prep and homework that may help you achieve more during your workshop time.
Have a project in mind? Send us a photo and we’ll give you our thoughts!
Q. Will I save money doing the work myself?
A. Eventually. At first, upholstery is very slow going, especially as you encounter new techniques. If you have only one or two projects, it may make more sense to have the work done for you. If you are excited about LEARNING and have lots of potential projects, then classes are a great choice!
Q. What happens if I don’t finish?
A. If you do not finish, you can always register for additional workshops. You can also purchase tools/supplies to finish on your own at home. If finishing is very important to you, please pay extra close attention to project recommendations!!! Your project must go with you at the end of the workshop.
Q. Can I just come in and use the equipment?
A. Well, yes . . . but we call that class! Many of our advanced students do a portion of their project at home and then use shop time for access to the industrial machines, large cutting area, foam saw, instructional support, etc.