Chair Upholstery with the Chair Doctor (Thursday)

Course summary

Do you have a chair (or not) that you’ve always wanted to restore or completely revamp?

We are thrilled to offer this 5-week class with Robert, the Chair Doctor as our tutor!!

Robert will teach you basic traditional upholstery skills from the first steps of removing existing covers to rebuilding your chair.

Not all chairs are suitable, so we ask that you use a “Bridge” type chair for this project (see the photos on this page). Try eBay, the marketplace or your local opportunity shop if you don’t have one.

What you will learn

  • a variety of traditional upholstery skills and hot tips
  • how to remove all existing covers, materials, and fabrics
  • re-springing and filling
  • how to measure fabric to recover

What you will get

  • a fabulous new chair to show off your new skills
  • enough knowledge and confidence to continue upholstery projects at home

What you need to bring

  • a bridge chair
  • an old blanket to place your chair on the table
  • a  small tack hammer
  • chisel (an old one)
  • pair of pliers (wire cutters)
  • an apron
  • notebook and pencil to take notes if you wish
  • external chair fabric (this is not required until Robert assesses how much you will need –  all other filling materials will be provided)

About the tutor

Robert Pace has 50 years of experience in upholstery, owning his own local upholstery business for over 20 years and teaching at Holmesglen Institute of TAFE for 4 years.

Quietly, Robert has also worked on sets like Neighbours and commercials using his fabulous upholstery skills!

Robert is currently winding down his business and looking forward to teaching and sharing his knowledge in a fun, social, and positive atmosphere.

Course cost

COST: $298.00

Class availability: 4 PLACES REMAINING

Course dates

Thursday 18 July
6.00pm – 9.00pm (5 sessions)

Book this course

To enrol in this course, fill out the form below. Remember to add the details of any other students who are part of your booking.

Please note: This class requires a minimum number of students to go ahead. For this reason, we encourage students to book at least 5 days prior to the course/workshop. In the unlikely event that we don't get enough enrolments, we may need to postpone to a later date or cancel the course/workshop. You will be advised via email or text prior to the class commencing.


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