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College of Extended Learning

Upholstery Made Easy

Photo: Person upholstering furniture

CCOM 1700

Always wanted to upholster your own furniture? Well, here's your opportunity to learn how to. Using your own furniture, get hands-on experience in the basic stages of upholstery. You’ll 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.


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

Note: Bring your furniture item to the first class. Due to limited storage facilities, please only bring a small piece of furniture, such as a foot stool, or a dining or occasional chair. Additionally, the classroom is located on the 2nd floor and there is no elevator.

Course details

Dates: Mondays, Jan. 21 - April 1, 2019 (9 weeks, no class Feb. 18 & March 4)
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

Register for Jan. 21 - April 1, 2019

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 ‘Redz Upholstery’.

“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

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