FLC Upholstery 200: Fundamentals

FLC student laying out his cut diagram using a ruler and square.

This in-depth online program is designed to get your upholstery skills launched on solid, professional footing.

Program Overview

This program includes 11 courses designed to build your professional skill set. At the beginning of each course, students will review a detailed video
demonstration and written instructions before attempting to complete a short project. Those who are registered for the certificate track will meet weekly via Zoom in an instructor-supported cohort to discuss questions and clarifications. Each course includes quizzes, self-assessments, and downloadable forms. Attention is given throughout to how concepts may be translated to real work. This program is entirely online, but students will need access to a basic professional set up, including a sewing machine they can comfortably operate, and several commonly accessible project components. (See full tools and supplies list) We will discuss equipment selection throughout the program for those who are learning independently.
Students should plan to spend approximately 8-10 hours per week completing course work.

Tool List

Course List

205 Boxed Cushion – Plain Seam

206 Boxed Cushion – Welt

210 Slip Seat – Fabric

211 Slip Seat – Vinyl

212 Slip Seat – Boxed

215 Fabric for Upholstery

220 Coil Springs

225 Diamond Tufting

251 Basic Side Chair

290 Business – Marketing and Sales

296 Business – Financial

Program Objectives

  • Accurately identify, select and use modern professional tools and supplies
  • Accurately name the components and steps associated with a simple project.
  • Demonstrate safe and consistent technique through all stages of a basic upholstery process.
  • Apply professional methods for determining yardage, including use of a cut list, cut diagram, and consistent labeling convention.
  • Apply professional methods for centering, tensioning and finishing fabric to a simple frame.
  • Demonstrate mastery of basic sewing skills for upholstery, including turning and aligning corners, sewing smooth curves, and making welt cord.
  • Execute skills to build a simple modern foundation using appropriate materials and methods.
  • Execute multiple methods to close an edge with no visible staples or stitches.
  • Articulate a minimum viable marketing message and client process.

Two Ways to Learn

Choose the track that best suits your needs and style.

Self-Paced Track


Trying to decide between self-paced and instructor supported? Why not both?

Students have the option of purchasing the Self-Paced Track and upgrading later to the Instructor Supported + Certificate Track if they decide they want the added layer of instructor support.

** Coupon code gives Self-Paced students $670 off $1,200 Instructor Supported track**

Instructor Supported + Certificate Track


Meet Our Instructors

Michelle Minner

FLC Virtual Instructor, Michelle Minner, shares some helpful tips for creating a French Mattress Style Cushion.

Carla Pyle

FLC Virtual Instructor, Carla Pyle, shares words of welcome with her student cohort . . .

What people are saying

I'm buying online courses from FLC for my apprentice, along with books and anything else I can think of. I'm feeling so proud of what I'm doing for my company, employee and community, and to top it off, my sales the first 2 quarters in 2021 have doubled in comparison to the last 4 years. It’s truly a win/win. I look forward to hiring another apprentice to join our team in the near future
Efran Lebrón
Got it Covered Upholstery
"I highly recommend FLC upholstery education - I promise, you won't be disappointed,"
Rhonda Shanahan
The Whimsical Chair

Frequently Asked Questions​

YouTube is wonderful for casual learners, but we’ve designed this program to specifically serve those seeking a career in upholstery. All core videos and written material have been created exclusively for this program, with extensive attention given to all the details and processes we feel a new professional needs to truly excel.

Absolutely – this program is for any student interested in learning at a professional level, but there’s certainly no obligation to pursue a career. DO NOTE that there is an assumption of access to professional tools and supplies in order to deliver this instruction effectively. If you are hesitant to invest in equipment, we recommend attending a Weekend Warriors Workshop before, or instead of, registering for this program.

At this time, no. We have designed these particular courses to be completed in sequence, allowing students to build skills progressively from project to project. To see any new courses as they become available, join our email newsletter.

We are considering the possibility at our St. Paul facility. Please check our events page for most up-to-date information, and remember to join our email newsletter.

Absolutely YES. While there are many upholstery workrooms currently in need of a skilled employee, taking on an apprentice is INCREDIBLY challenging, due to the complexity and expense of training someone while also running a small business. Using a pre-formatted, online training program is a great option for accelerating a promising candidate. FLC Upholstery Fundamentals is carefully structured to walk apprentices through key skills and processes that they’ll need to thrive inside a business. Our most successful students have consistently been those with one foot in education, and one foot in employment. This program is very much intended for someone like you.

Actually, we designed this program largely based on individuals like you. We LOVE self-taught professionals, and have incredible respect for those who are coming in without well defined roads. But we also noticed a trend among many of the students we were seeing in person. Due to the unstructured nature of today’s training landscape, most students were coming into expensive, live workshops with skill gaps, and a lack of good professional habits and basic processes. This makes it very difficult to train effectively for intermediate and advanced skills. We wanted to make sure students had a more accessible option for reviewing fundamentals in depth and detail. Having a firm handle on critical skills and processes prepares you to move into higher level work with absolute confidence – AND it improves your quality, consistency and efficiency on the “easy” stuff.

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