Hobby Upholstery Course

with Lisa McGregor

The course itself

The nine week Hobby Upholstery course is a small intimate group which gives each person plenty of tuition to satisfactorily complete a small piece of furniture. As a beginner you will learn the basic principles of upholstery and how to use upholstery tools and sundries. This course is immensely popular and becomes booked out months ahead. Please enrol to secure your place to avoid any disappointment. (Download the Enrolment form, includes dates)

On occasions there are cancellations which are re-offered on a first come first serve basis.

Download the Enrolment form, includes dates

What to bring with you

Your furniture "piece". As a beginner it’s important you start with something manageable. (Be sure you can easily lift it in and out of the car). A footstall, headboard or dining chair are good starting pieces. Please bring your piece to deconstruct in class. The stage of deconstruction is critical in understanding how it goes back together. I have found it most useful in the past, when l was learning or even upholstering something tricky, to take photos and write as much as I can down. So a camera and/or a note pad are very useful to have to reference back to when in the reconstruction part of your upholstering. Upholstery is dirty and dusty, so an apron is essential and if you want to wear a face mask then please bring one. When using the staple gun it does get loud, so if you have sensitive ears please bring ear plugs.

The tool kit

There are specific tools that Upholsterers use. You may already have some of these. Please bring with you what tools you have. There will be two full kits that you can share with others.

Upholsterers basic tool kit comprising of

Apron, Scissors, tape measure, tack hammer (preferably magnetic), wooden mallet, tack lifter, staple remover, stapler, pneumatic and hand held, variety of screw drivers, pincers, regulator, web stretcher and a marker pen and chalk.

Each of you will have the use of a pneumatic staple gun.I will give you all a safety lesson for the staple gun, and for your first time using it I will guide you. If you have your own staple gun, hand or electric feel free to bring it with you.


The materials commonly used in upholstery are Calico, Hessian, Dacron, flock/wadding, foam, webbing, staples and tacks.

These can be purchased in various hardware/haberdashery stores. Should you not be able to source your own you can purchase materials through me for a small cost. A tally sheet is opened and payable on the last lesson.


Before the course starts, you will be required to sign a safety agreement. My insurance company requires me to do this.


Feedback is a most helpful tool to help me continue to meet the needs of my students. Your responses are confidential and will be used for planning future courses. I want you to be as honest as you feel comfortable. This helps me greatly.

Any queries please email Lisa at lisa@bohovelvet.co.nz

Lets get Upholstering!

Lisa McGregor