Frequently Asked Questions
1: Are you really
A: Yes I am a fully qualified
upholsterer I did a 5 year apprenticeship in the late 60s
2: Why are
you offering to teach people instead of just earning more
money doing upholstery?
A: Upholstery is trade that has less
and less young kids picking it up. Big furniture companies
do not train people anymore, they have become automated. I
am now teaching as I don't have to do work everyday I have
made lots of money. Now I want others to be as fortunate as
anyone really learn upholstery and do it at home.
A: Yes they can if they are a
handy person. Apprentices spend the first year just sweeping
the floors and doing the crappy jobs, at home you don't have
to do that, so you learn quicker.
4: Can I
really earn big money at home?
A: Yes you can because there are a lot
of people who do not want to buy new furniture. Their old
furniture suits their home so they are willing to pay to
have it fixed up.
5: How long
will it take to learn upholstery, can I start making money
A: It depends on how much time
you spend learning, I have had people start making money in
the first week. If you watch the DVDs and just do exactly
what I tell you it will not be long.
6: Why do
you say to start on small things first instead of doing a
big job to learn on?
A: The reason you start small
is to get an idea for how fabric and materials feel, how
they stretch and how to handle them. Once you understand how
to do small jobs then the bigger jobs are easier to do.
7: I am
worried about how to get materials and upholstery supplies
as there are no suppliers near where I live.
A: It does not matter where
you live as most upholstery suppliers will post or get a
trucking company to deliver to you. All you do is call and
tell them what they want and you will have the goods within
8: Where do
I get fabric samples from?
A: Again most Upholstery
suppliers carry fabrics and vinyl. There are also fabric
suppliers who will send you some samples free, all you need
to do is call them.
9: Is it
difficult to get foam.
A: No it is the same as
getting fabric all you do is call the foam company and you
can order foam cut to size or by the sheet and they send it
can I get furniture to practice on?
A: You do your own chair
first, or you can get things from the dump or even from
friends and do up. Getting things from the dump is good
because you can practice and then sell them later, so you
make a profit,
11: I don't
have a big sewing machine so how can I get things sewn while
I am learning.
A: All you do is ask around
near where you live and you will find someone who can
sew. A small ad on a bulletin board at the super market or
in the local newspaper and you will find someone.
12: Do I
need to spend lots of money to start up an upholstery
A: No you do not, you probably
have most of the tools at home already. Most handy people
have tools like a small compressor, drills screw drivers
etc. Also the package comes with a tools you need DVD and
anything you don't have can be ordered from upholstery
suppliers for a 1 or 2 hundred dollars tops.
13: How do I
find out what to charge people for a job.
A: You can call an upholsterer and ask
what they charge for doing a similar job . Most will tell
you within a few dollars what it would cost, then you can
decide what you want to charge. Don't forget you will have
much less overheads that an upholstery shop does, so you can
do a job a little cheaper. This is why working at home is so
good and also why you get lots of work regardless of what
the economy is doing.
Upholstery is really just doing the same steps again and
again, once you learn how to do a chair then it is the same
action to recover a settee or sofa.
You can contact me