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Upholstery Classes

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:

Upcoming: and 22nd

October 21st: 1-4pm

October 22nd: 10am-1pm

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Cost/session: $120 (plus service fee)

Class Size: Limited to 6

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. Aprons and protective gear will be provided for each person. 


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



-Chairs, benches or ottomans that require cushions.

-Overstuffed wing back chairs

-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 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 we will not be able to sew piping 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 or an additional $15.

Refund/Cancellation policy:

We are not able to offer refunds. 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 your scheduled class only has 1 confirmed attendee, that session will be cancelled in advance and a refund will be honored.

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