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College of Extended Learning

Upholstery Made Easy

CCOM 1700

Always wanted to upholster your own furniture? Well, here's your opportunity to learn how to. Using your own furniture, you will get hands-on experience in the basic stages of upholstery. You will begin by learning about appropriate fabrics and materials. Next, you'll strip your furniture and then step-by-step rebuild and upholster it. Some sewing is involved (Please note: Bring your furniture item to the first class. Small pieces of furniture are recommended, due to a limited storage facilities. Additionally, the classroom is located on the 2nd floor and there is no elevator.)

“I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the Fall Upholstery Made Easy Class. Lee Dial was an excellent instructor and went above and beyond. We took a couple of field trips to his upholstery shop and got to see and use a lot of the tools of the trade.

My project was redoing an old platform rocker that Lee helped me turn it into an awesome chair – a car seat inspired with a chevy emblem and headrest! I have since completed redoing my sofa on my own.” – Jane Gibson

Course details

Upcoming dates: Register for Mondays, Jan. 29 to Apr. 16, 2018 (9 weeks - no class Feb. 19, Mar. 5, or Apr. 2)
Time: p.m. - 9 p.m.
Location: UNB Fredericton campus
9 Bailey Drive
Memorial Hall, Room 26 (campus map)
Course fee: $225 (+ HST)
Instructor: Lee Dial


The following materials are required: 

  • Safety glasses
  • Measuring tape (either seamstress or carpenter style)
  • Ruler or yard stick
  • Scissors (2 pairs)
  • Hand held stapler and staples (an electric stapler is prefered)
  • Staple remover or narrow flat head screwdriver
  • Pliers (or side cutters)
  • Chalk
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Hammer
  • Optional: Glue gun
  • Optional: Sewing machine

Most items can be purchased inexpensively at stores like the Dollar store.

About the instructor

Lee has been in the upholstery trade since 1982. He started his own shop in 1990, doing all aspects of upholstery. He has also taught basic upholstery for the Goodneighbours Co-op on Vancouver Island. He recently retired and moved to Fredericton two years ago, where he opened a new business called ‘The Seat Shack’.

Help with registration

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