Reupholster a Dining Chair

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Event Overview

Have a dated dining room set that needs updating? Did the cat's and dogs do a number on the fabric? Want to learn something new?

In this class, we'll take you through the most basic information, tools, and materials you will need to start redoing chair cushions and simple upholstery projects in your home.

This class focuses on the stripping and reupholstery of simple panel-style side chair seats and ottoman tops. Stools can also work. We'll discuss material selection, centering complex patterns, stapling tools and technique, and more. No sewing will be involved in this class.

Students should bring in one chair, ottoman, or stool that they wish to reupholster. If you do not have a chair to bring in, practice materials are available

If you have a particular fabric color or pattern you wish to use, we suggest going to a fabric or craft store and selecting your materials in advance. A small chair needs about 1 yard, wide chair about 1.5 yards, long bench seat 1.5 - 2 yards.

Sources for fabric include Joanne Fabrics, Michael's, and (our favorite): The Textile Discount Outlet on 2121 w. 21st street (ask for the upholstery fabric room).

NOTE: This is a no-sew techincques class. If you are unsure if your project is a good fit for this class, please refer to the images at the top of the class description for guidance. You can also email us with questions at

What to Bring

Side chair or Ottoman, fabric of your choice, foam padding

Minimum age

All ages welcome

What's Provided

hardware and sample materials / fabrics will be available.

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Joseph Budka

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Joseph Budka is a professional craftsman, designer and artist. He restores and repairs antique furniture and collectibles, builds custom furniture designs, and teaches several lasses at MAKE! Chicago. He has over 20 years experience in making things.


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    Alina R.
    Reviewed on 03/14/16

    Great class to learn how to start working with re-upholstery. Teacher is very clear, attentive and fun

    Great class to learn how to start working with re-upholstery. Teacher is very clear, attentive and fun

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