2-Day Design An Upholstered Bench Workshop – Flowery Branch, GA

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Join us in Flowery Branch, GA, for a fun-filled 2-Day Design an Upholstered Bench Workshop, September 17-18, 2022

Attend all 2 days for only $800 (Includes Bench Frame)

In this 2-day workshop, all students will have the same project which can be custom designed to show their personalities. The frame for the bench will be shipped to you prior to the workshop (once all payments have been made). You will need to assemble the frame and finish the show wood prior to our 2-day upholstery workshop (there will be a video tutorial to guide you). I will share inspirational pictures to help you choose what details you would like to add to your piece. It will be a ton of fun seeing everyone’s different designs by the end of class. This class is non-refundable.

Bench Dimensions: 50 ½” W X 19” D X 28 ½” H – Deck is 16 ½” H

Expect to learn new techniques, acquire new skills, and have fun!




With 20+ years of experience, Kim Chagnon has become a trusted name in both upholstery and instruction.

In 1996, she started her own business, Kim’s Upholstery. As of 2018, as a result of the growing requests for upholstery education, Kim’s Upholstery now focuses exclusively on educating DIYers and professional furniture upholsterers.

When she’s not busy in her workroom, Kim is busy teaching upholstery online and by way of in-person workshops. For the past eight years, she’s led classes for the Window Coverings Association of America as well as popular trade shows and conferences.



Limited to 6 students

  • Upholstery Workshop duration is 2 days (by the end of day two your project will be completed, but this depends on you)
  • Cost is $800 (50% non-refundable payment due upon registration to hold your spot) – Plus Kim’s travel expenses divided by all students
  • Assembly and wood finishing MUST be done prior to the start of the workshop
  • Students will come prepared with their own fabric for the project
  • Sessions will run 8:00 am to 4/5:00 pm – with a 1-hour break for lunch
  • You will need to come with all necessary supplies for your project (see below)

By attending this workshop you agree to allow Kim’s upholstery to take photos or videos of you for marketing and promotional purposes.


  • 6 students per workshop
  • Cost is $800 (50% nonrefundable payment due upon registration to hold your spot) plus Kim’s travel expenses divided by the number of attendees.
  • The final payment is due 4 months prior to the workshop to ensure you receive your bench frame in plenty of time.


Donna Cash
5837 McEver Road
Flowery Branch, GA 30542

Email: hershdb@gmail.com


Kimberley Chagnon
Email: kimberley@kimsupholstery.com


Hampton Inn. Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express



Arrival – Students arrive between 8:00 am and 8:30 am.

Introductions – Once everyone’s projects are unloaded and set up, we take a few minutes to visit and get to know one another.

Getting Started – Then it’s time to start upholstering.

What to Expect on Day One – By the end of day one, our design plans for your bench will be set and the support systems will be completed.

Lunch Time – At 12:30 pm we take a 1-hour break

Quitting Time – Expect to end the day between 4:00 pm and 4:30 pm


Start at 8:30am

What to Expect on Day Two – Today is the day we get the fabrics on and implement those great design details.

This is the “dig in and get-it-done day” in order to send you home with a completed bench.

During day two the bonds between the students have formed and there is usually lots of lively discussion and laughter.

By the end of day two everyone is usually tired, but more importantly, feeling very proud and ready to show off your completed piece.

Lunch Time – At 12:30 pm we take a 1-hour break

Quitting Time – Expect to end the day between 4:00 pm and 4:30 pm


Things you can add to your piece:

  • Buttons
  • Decorative Tacks
  • Cording
  • Sewn End Panels
  • Separate End Panels
  • Pleats as shown in the frame image
  • The skies are the limit let’s go wild!


  • 2” High-Density medium-firm foam (2.6 or higher density, 35-pound compression)
  • Half Roll upholstery cotton
  • 30 Yards Jute Webbing with red stripe
  • 3 Yards Burlap
  • 3 yards 30” wide 1 oz. bonded Dacron
  • 5/32” Welt Cord
  • Buttons If desired
  • 2 yards cambric dust cover
  • 1.5 yards Muslin Fabric
  • Button twine if you plan on using buttons
  • Decorative tacks if you would like to add them to your bench


  • Wirecutter
  • Wooden Mallet
  • Scissors
  • Staple puller(Osborne 120 ½ )
  • Tape Measure (soft cloth)
  • Regulator
  • Goose-neck Webbing Stretcher
  • Pneumatic Stapler
  • Portable Air-compressor
  • Magnetic Tack Hammers
  • Curved needles for any hand sewing
  • Workhorses (video and PDF available here)
  • Tin Snips
  • Stool to sit while you work
  • 12″ Button needle if you want buttons on your piece

What people are saying about our workshops…

“What a fun weekend. Five very different chairs, all complete and looking incredible. I enjoyed Ashfield so much. I stayed at a wonderful Air BnB owned by two artist and their dog Charlie. Each day we worked non stop, in this spacious and well lit barn, provided by our host Amy, along with incredible comfort food. Kim guided us with every detail, introduced us to new tools and tricks to give us confidence and pride in the results. Big thank you to Bill and Kim for setting this up. We are fortunate to know you.”

Heather Taylor, Owner, Custom Textiles
“The three day upholstery workshop I took with Kim from Kim’s Upholstery was fabulous! I found Kim to be energetic and knowledgeable. The class was composed of five women with five different chairs. This did not phase Kim in the least. She was able to transition from assisting one attendee to another with ease and made it seem effortless. I am very happy with my finished chair and feel confident in attempting to upholster another chair after taking this class. I know she is an email or phone call away if I have any questions. I highly recommend this class to anyone interested in upholstering, beginner or intermediate.”
Julie Wood, Owner, The Leading Edge Drapery
“I attended a three day workshop in Northborough, MA last year with 4 other ladies and we had a blast learning and enjoying each other’s company whilst working hard. We had Kim with us all the way, and each of us having a different chair, we learned different skills watching them do their chairs. Kim helped us from the bare wood upwards until the finished product and it was a pleasure. She explained every technique we did and the correct order of upholstering our piece of furniture. Now, if we have any questions we know that she is only an email or phone call away from asking her questions. I am a hands on learner so this was very helpful having Kim by my side all the way.”
Linda, Student, Upton, MA



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