Learn to Upholster
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 15.0
Credit Value: 0.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2018
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Interior Decorating - Workshop, Visual Design Interior Decorat, Visual Design Introductory
Program Coordinator(s): Leasa Wright
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20180122_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: Students will be responsible for bringing in their own piece of furniture, purchasing their own fabric, and bring basic tools to class. Items will be required throughout the duration of the course. Basic tools include: - Scissors - Measuring Tape - Pliers - Stapler

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Whether it's an occasional chair, cornice box or headboard, this course will help demystify the world of upholstery. Topics include fabrics and yardage requirements, furniture application as well as understanding your clients' needs. Gain the knowledge and confidence required to compliment any decor with a piece of newly upholstered furniture. NOTE: Students will be responsible for bringing in their own piece of furniture, purchasing their own fabric, and taking basic tools to class. As this is an introductory course, please ensure that the furniture brought is small in nature. These items will be required throughout the duration of the course. Basic tools include: Scissors, Measuring Tape, Pliers, and a Stapler. Before the start of class, please email instructor Ron Switchuk at for approval of your furniture piece.

Program Context

Interior Decorating - Workshop Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Although not part of a program, this course may be of interest to those in this field of study.

Visual Design Interior Decorat Program Coordinator(s): Leasa Wright

Visual Design Introductory Program Coordinator(s): N/A

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to construct their own upholstered furniture using practical techniques and modern accessories.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Comprehend basic upholstery processes and techniques.
  2. Identify appropriate fabric swatches and patterns.
  3. Comprehend pattern placement and its importance.
  4. Understand padding fundamentals.
  5. Demonstrate hands on upholstery techniques and practices.
  6. Practice the proper use of specific upholstery tools.
  7. Complete an upholstery project from start to finish.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Pass / Fail Evaluation100.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
Students will be given a mark of satisfactory at the completion of this course.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Interpersonal Skills - Show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar

  • Not Eligible for PLAR

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: Multiple Professors
Resource(s): N/A
Applicable student group(s): Continuing Education Students
Course Details:

Week 1 - Introductory Class 

  • Initial Introduction: Introduction to Upholstery and Instructor
  • Evaluation: Instructor Evaluation of various projects and furniture brought to class
  • Upholstery Overview: Hand-Outs
  • Overview of padding fundamentals and fabric selection and their role in the Upholstery trade
  • Identification and discussion of tools required by students
  • Demonstration: Instructor demonstration on upholstering a dining room chair
  • Open Discussion: Questions, Concerns, Input, etc

Weeks 2-5 - Subsequent Classes

  • Demonstration: Weekly demonstrations by Instructor to showcase practical upholstery techniques
  • Apply gained skills, knowledge, technique to personal upholstery projects
  • Personal Guidance: Instructor is on hand to provide one-on-one upholstery assistance and guidance

Sheridan Policies

All Sheridan policies can be viewed on the Sheridan policy website.

Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

Intellectual Property: Sheridan's Intellectual Property Policy generally applies such that students own their own work. Please be advised that students working with external research and/or industry collaborators may be asked to sign agreements that waive or modify their IP rights. Please refer to Sheridan's IP Policy and Procedure.

Respectful Behaviour: Sheridan is committed to provide a learning environment that supports academic achievement by respecting the dignity, self-esteem and fair treatment of every person engaged in the learning process. Behaviour which is inconsistent with this principle will not be tolerated. Details of Sheridan's policy on Harassment and Discrimination, Academic Integrity and other academic policies are available on the Sheridan policy website.

Accessible Learning: Accessible Learning coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities. For more information or to register, please see the Accessible Learning website (Statement added September 2016)

Course Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.

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