Here are a couple frequently asked questions about our upholstery classes.
- Your videos seem to mostly show chairs. Can I use the skills you teach to reupholster a couch?
- What is the difference between reupholstering a couch and reupholstering a chair?
Question 1: Can I use the skills you teach to reupholster a couch?
Answer: Yes! You definitely can. Creating quality, detailed videos means getting lots of close up shots and using a variety of rooms for lighting. Using a chair as the subject helps us give you the best shots and angles. It also helps us highlight the details in the process for you.
Think about this: What is the main difference between the rolled arm sofa and the rolled arm club chair pictured below? It’s just two more cushions and a wider deck and back. Everything else is the same!
When you are reupholstering your couch using our videos, you will be able to start, stop, rewind and watch the videos over and over and over again.
We have included what you need to get your couch upholstery done. We also answer your specific questions in our community. Our weekly live chats with members will also help. So when you get stuck on a project, we are right there to help you work through it!
Question 2: What is the difference between reupholstering a couch and reupholstering a chair?
Answer: The fundamentals are identical. A couch and a chair both have two arms, a deck, an inside back, and they both have the outside arms and an outside back. The steps involved in reupholstering them are the same.
The size of the piece is the only substantial difference between a couch and a chair. You will need more supplies and more fabric when reupholstering a couch. For example:
- Couch – 16 yards of fabric
- Chair – 8 yards of fabric
- Couch – 80″ wide piece of foam for the inside back
- Chair – 38″ wide piece of foam for the inside back
- Jute Webbing – a couch would use about 10 yards more than the chair
- Dacron – a couch would take about 4 yards more than the chair
- Staples – a couch would take two to three times as many staples as the chair
Since the primary difference between the two is size, a tutorial video on reupholstering a chair is going to show you the same steps and teach you the same skills you would need to reupholster a couch!
Note: If you don’t have tools yet, you may find this blog post on Upholstery Tools worth reading.