Two-day Chair Upholstery Workshop

Upholster your own chair in this practical hands on course

2 x 6 hours 1 to 4 (public classes), 4 to 7 (private) label $360

This course offers a wonderful introduction to the practical and traditional craft of upholstery. Experience the delight and satisfaction that creating something by hand brings to your life.

Learn new skills and have some fun during this two-day, bring-your-own-chair upholstery workshop. You will be taught the techniques required to restore a chair of your own during the course and acquire the confidence to tackle new projects on your own.

You will learn the correct and safe procedures on how to strip your chair. There will be a short introductory session regarding different approaches to restoring timber chair frames. A variety of techniques and materials for timber finishes will be discussed, (there is no practical element to this component, due to time restraints).

Tuition is tailored to each individual project, however demonstrations will be given to the group for every technique covered during class: in this way, you will be introduced to a broader set of skills, above and beyond the techniques needed to complete your own project.

Tips for choosing your chair:
1 When selecting your chair it is important to make sure the timber frame is structurally
sound, no wobbles or loose legs etc.
2. Choose something that has one or two flat planes - a seat and a back – as curves and
arms are more complex and take longer to achieve.

Please contact me with an image of your chair (from a few different angles) or if you would like to discuss your chair project.

Knowledge Required
Perfect for beginners.
What you'll get
Basic materials for completing your project and use of the necessary tools are supplied.
If your chair needs new stuffing, this can be purchased in class.
What to bring
The chair that you wish to work on and the top fabric of your choice. Please also bring an old blanket to work on, a note book, pencil and some old gardening gloves. Please wear closed shoes.
Session repeats

This class series runs for 2 consecutive weeks, at the same time each week

Suitable for

This workshop is great for individuals and couples as well as for a hens party, baby shower, birthday, special occasion, team building activity, corporate event, bucks party or Christmas party.


Brand X Tempe Jets Sports Club - 1 Holbeach Avenue, Tempe NSW

Your teacher
Fiona Edmeades
Fiona Edmeades

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Fiona has had a life long intrigue toward the workings behind the objects that populate our everyday lives. This coupled with her creative bent, has led her to turn her maker’s hand to many diverse applications over the years.

Fiona gained her City and Guilds Certificate in traditional upholstery, at the London College of Furniture in 1991. In 2009 Fiona graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School and also works through the medium of Sculpture.

One of Fiona's love's it to share the valuable and practical skill of upholstery, she teaches workshops and evening classes in both Sydney, and greater NSW.


ClassBento has verified Fiona Edmeades's identity via their passport / driver's license, Australian bank account, and their business details (ABN 64867758243)

Verified reviews

• Oct 2019

After purchasing 2 chairs on Ebay that were showing as black and white Zebra print in the photo however, when they arrived they were dark brown very old and not what I was expecting. I purchased black and white fabric to recover them and did my research via Google and ClassBento were offering a Two Day Upholstery Course. You could do two consecutive Saturday's or two consecutive days, we chose the later. We had to have 3+ people for the individual class so I rang some friends and they agreed to participate. We found the Tempe Jet's Sports Club and immediately on meeting Fiona our teacher we felt that we had come to the right place. Fiona's teaching technique was informative and easy to understand for us novice upholsterer's. Two days in a row was tiring (I am not kidding but I want to be honest) as there were hundreds of staples to remove from my particular chair as it was a very old chair. The process of stripping back your chair and removing all the old foam and strapping and then making your chair come to life is an exhilarating experience and at every step Fiona was extremely helpful and assisted everyone at some stage during the 2 days.
We thoroughly enjoyed the entire process and as I have done one chair now I have the second chair to attack however, this time I will know exactly what to do and for that I say a huge 'Thank-you Fiona'.

Textiles workshop review by Darrianne Donnelly

• Jul 2019

I've been looking into learning upholstery and Fiona's class completely surpassed my expectations.

A generous, fun and knowledgable teacher, Fiona helps you take a project from start to finish in just two days. The class covers all the major skills required to grasp the fundamentals of upholstery and gives you the confidence to carry on practising the skills that you've learnt on your next project.

The class was great value for money, run in a convenient location and most of the tools and materials that you'll need are available in class. All you need to bring is a scruffy chair to transform and your choice of fabric. I was really pleased with the final product and my cat loves her new stylishly upholstered throne.

Textiles workshop review by Amelia Wong Sydney
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