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Upholstery Classes

Private sessions now available. See details below

Nicole's upholstery courses look to give upholstery and home decor enthusiasts basic skills and tips on how to approach small projects like chairs, benches, and ottomans, with the hopes of empowering you with confidence to tackle even larger projects at home!

Taking her skills in upholstery and love for sharing, Nicole offers up a series of fun and engaging classes in D.C to help empower people to learn basic skills that can transform their shabby chic items into personal masterpieces on a budget. 


Each one day 3-hour session is designed to maximize your time learning and executing basic skills for starting and completing one upholstery project. You'll be able to take your completed project home with you. Each session is designed to provide more personal attention in a fun, stress-free atmosphere, and will include a 15-minute break (Not to mention good music!)  Please note classes are individual sessions and not packages

Class Dates:

New Spring Dates:

Saturday, April 7th 3:30-6:30pm

Sunday, April 8th: 2:30-5:30pm

Sunday, April 29th: 4:00-7:00pm

Cost/session: $120 (plus service fee)

Class Size: Limited to 7

What you'll learn in class:

-How to properly and safely tear down and reassemble chairs using certain tools.

-Fabric and yardage, and determining how much to use on various projects.

 -Materials needed for padding and reupholstering.

-Short cuts to help achieve the job with maximum results


What to bring:

-Your favorite fabric. If you are unsure about yardage needed to upholster your piece, please e-mail Nicole prior to each class. Usually for small projects, 1/2-2 yards is plenty. I am happy to guide you on whether your yardage is enough. I will also have spare fabric remnants on hand.

-Your small chair or bench. What if I don’t already have a chair? No, problem! We will happily provide you with a demo chair at an additional sourcing fee of $20, due at the beginning of the class. Please notify me before your scheduled session to allow time to source a chair. Also, the Goodwill is an excellent place to find low-cost demo chairs.

- All tools, foam and/or cotton needed to re-pad your item will be provided to the class. No worry about that!

How should I dress?

However you feel most comfortable.


Please note all chairs, benches, and small ottomans must be approved by Nicole before each class. While armed chairs are welcome, open-armed chairs are best for beginning-level classes. Please e-mail a photo of your item at least one week prior to your scheduled class session to Please include the date of your class session. 

To ensure a level playing field for all upholstery skill levels, and that we maximize each three-hour class session, large upholstery projects will not be permitted. These include:

-Fully reupholstered chairs


-Settees or loveseats

-Chairs, benches or ottomans that require cushions be made or sewn.

-Large, overstuffed chairs that require additional upholstery tools/techniques

-Multiple chairs

-Large barrel chairs. 

The intention of the beginning courses is to give you confidence to tackle larger projects at home by teaching basic techniques. If your chair requires sewing, painting, staining or sanding, please be sure to complete those finishes prior to the class as we will only focus on the basics of upholstery dealing with fabric and materials. Chairs that will require piping/trim for a completed look are accepted, but sewing piping will not take place during the class. That finish will need to be completed by the participant independently. I'm also happy to sew it separately for you outside of class for an additional $15, to be delivered at a later date/time. 

Please read all disclaimers regarding approved chairs before purchasing your ticket. If you have any questions, please e-mail Nicole at prior to registering.

Refund/Cancellation policy:

All upholstery workshops are non-refundable. If you have already paid for a course but are no longer able to attend on the day you registered, you can attend a class on another day where space is available. Please send me a note at to confirm, that way you won't have to go online to re-register. Exception: If you are the only confirmed attendee during your scheduled class day you have the option of still taking the class on the scheduled date or you may opt to have a refund. Please note: If you have signed up for a class and your piece--for reasons listed above--is not approved, a refund will not be issued. Please read all disclaimers regarding approved chairs before purchasing your ticket. If you have any questions, please e-mail Nicole at prior to registering.

Class Location:

Nicole Crowder Upholstery is happy to announce our Spring classes will take place at the colorful and bright retail and workshop space The Lemon Collective on Georgia Avenue in Washington. D.C

Private Sessions

Not able to attend one of the upholstery workshops? Would like more flexibility with workshop dates? Private upholstery sessions are now available in 3-hour blocks with Nicole. Sessions can be hosted in your home or other designated space, and all materials and tools will be provided with exception of fabric. 

Please feel free to send an e-mail to the studio at to discuss availability details. Please note: Only items that can be upholstered within the 3-hour block will be scheduled. Large, fully upholstered chairs, couches, or love seats will not be permitted. 

Price: $220 per 3-hour block. Price is per person.