Learning To Upholster Starts With Upholstery Teardown

When you find that perfect project the second thing you do is the upholstery teardown.  First thing you will want to do is to figure out measure fabric yardages. I’ll share my method for calculating fabric yardage in the link above.  Be sure to print out the downloadable PDF as well.

So now it is time for teardown.  In the video below Bill shares the tools that we use to get the teardown completed.  Don’t underestimate the amount of time teardown may take.  You can expect to spend anywhere from one hour to a whole day or more doing a teardown.  The time involved depends on the piece and whether you are tearing down to bare bones, which I highly suggest, or just removing the fabric.  In this video, we show you how we tear down to bare bones.  There are no short cuts here in our upholstery studio.  Please share your upholstery experiences or questions in the comment section below the video and be sure to check out the other content on The Upholstery Life section of our website.


  • You have a piece of furniture you’d love to reupholster yourself if only you could find the training and advice you need to get the job done.
  • You’ve spent countless hours trying to finish an upholstery project, and you’re sick of the frustration from trying to figure it out all alone.
  • You’ve looked for upholstery training classes near you but they were either too far away, the schedule didn’t work for you, or it was just too expensive.
  • You’ve reupholstered a couple of chairs, but you are ready for a more challenging project and would like some extra guidance about toolssupplies, and techniques.
  • You are looking for a way to work from home and make extra money by starting your very own furniture upholstery business.
  • You have a successful soft home furnishings business and you would like to add furniture upholstery to your list of services.
  • Your upholstery business is up and running but it’s not going as well as you’d like, and you are out of ideas for how to attract more customers.
  • If it does, then you already know how frustrating it can be trying to get quality advice & support.


We heard many stories from people with a desire to reupholster chairs and sofas and more – good people just like you – who were getting stuck and needed more help in their pursuit of learning the art of upholstery.