Intro to Upholstery: Custom Bench

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Create a custom upholstered bench in this one day class.  The finished bench measures 48" L by 18" W by 16" T.  Perfect as extra seating, at the foot of a bed or in a hallway.  Plain or with buttons - you design it your way.  This is a terrific introduction workshop covering basic upholstery techniques.  Learn how to use a variety of upholstery tools including an industrial stapler.  Students should bring two yards of upholstery weight, 54" wide fabric in the pattern of your choice; we provide the bench frame, foam, Dacron, adhesive, buttons, twine and tapered wooden legs.  Legs are natural for you to stain or paint. 

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Lynne and Julia Schafer are the owners of l+j industries.  They have turned their love for fabric and working with power tools into a source for modern furniture. The sisters rework vintage furniture by upholstering it with new fabric and restoring the soul of a once neglected piece. The finished product is a one-of-a-kind innovative stylish piece of furniture with an entirely new perspective. In addition, they create new furniture based on mid-century modern designs using new, reclaimed and discarded materials.

Lynne Schafer is a Certified Upholster with over 20+ years of experience.  The certification required 1400 hours of hands-on work that could be at times frustrating and daunting, but in the end very rewarding and satisfying. She has always appreciated the artistry and craftsmanship of things made by hand. Upholstery techniques and tools haven’t changed in decades; it is one of those trades that is dying, yet a machine could never do what our hands can accomplish.

Copyright Houston Makerspace, LLC 2013.  Background images by Marisa Brodie and Alex Barber.