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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. 


The 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. 

Class Dates:

New Fall Dates:

Sunday, September 30th from 10-1pm

Sunday, October 7th from 10-1pm

Cost/session: $125

Class Size: Limited to 8

Class Location:

Common Room Studio

428B Hume Avenue, Alexandria, Va.

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

 To Register:

Please send electronic payment via Venmo (@Nicole-Crowder) or PayPal (E-mail: In the notes field please write: Registration for 9/30 or 10/7 Upholstery Workshop). You will receive a confirmation e-mail upon receipt of payment.

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 note: make up sessions for any missed workshops will not be coordinated. Please read all disclaimers regarding approved chairs before purchasing your ticket. If you have any questions, please e-mail Nicole at prior to registering.