Atomic Ottoman Class

An upholstery workshop experience right in your own home.

Learn how to upholster and make your own piece of furniture with our Atomic Ottoman Kit.

Keen to learn about re-upholstery? Interested in DIY furniture? Don’t know where to start?

furnish.ed is the answer you’re looking for. We are an online learning platform and the home of DIY kits and tutorials designed by furniture professionals.

With furnish.ed you don’t need to travel, you don’t need to align your schedule with ours, no need to hunt for supplies in a hundred different places.

Simply pre-order your kit online and we’ll deliver it to your door.

A box full of everything you need to build your own ottoman, along with step-by-step video tutorials from a professional upholsterer and teacher. It’s designed to teach you the core upholstery techniques you’ll use time after time, and you’ll be able to refer to those videos again and again.

Ready to get started with DIY Upholstery?

You can pre-order your kit on Kickstarter from the 8th of July

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furnish.ed’s first chapter is designed to teach the core skills you need for your new found obsession


Work with Foam

Learn to layer it, sculpt it, tame it. This is a fundamental skill you can apply to dining chairs, foot stools, occasional chairs, tub chairs.


Build Foundations

Assemble your own frame and learn about hessian. Know when and how to apply it as a structural foundation, providing substance and strength.


Apply Fabric

Learn to select it, position it, set it, tension it – nail down the process that will leave you with a show-stopping piece you can be proud of


Master the Details

The techniques that will take your projects to the next level- Piping, buttons, back tack and dust cover. Learn when to use them and how to apply them.

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Launches 8th July

In order to bring you the best possible workshop experience, we have been working for months behind the scenes - perfecting our kits and assembling a great team of professionals to produce our online tutorials.

To take this project all the way, we need your help. By pre-ordering your kit on kickstarter you’ll help us fund fabrication and production of high quality video tutorials.

Stay tuned for more details about the official launch on kickstarter and additional rewards as they’re released.

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Live Workshop Launch

We’re throwing a launch party in Sydney to celebrate!

We’ve organised a live Atomic Ottoman Workshop, hosted at the Happenstore – Sydney’s favourite space to make, dream and find inspiration.

Sunday 8th July, 9am - 4pm

This workshop will be the debut of our new, custom designed kits, including precision CNC plywood frames and premium dunlop foam.

Join us, along with some special guests for a cosy day of making. Places are limited so be sure to book your place ASAP - be the first to build  the New Look Atomic Ottoman.


Furnish.ed is the brain child of Maaike, Furniture Designer and maker.

A qualified interior designer, upholsterer and teacher, Maaike began running classes in DIY upholstery in 2011, aware that there were plenty of people keen to learn, but less sure on where to start...

In the 7 years since, she has worked with local councils, private businesses, the Australian Design Centre and Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) delivering a variety of DIY Upholstery programs to students of all skill levels.

The Atomic Ottoman Kit is the culmination of this experience, an exciting piece for you to make, a grounding in contemporary upholstery skills, and the first chapter of furnish.ed

"Maaike's courses are the gold standard of upholstery teaching - she knows everything, inspires creativity and helps you make something really special. I can't recommend her courses enough if you've got an upholstery itch you need to scratch!"

- Sophie, serial upholstery student

"Great experience! It was thorough, explained at every stage, with options and possibilities, learned plenty of new skills and walked away with a great piece of furniture!"

- Maja, Architect & Designer

"Each time I do a workshop with Maaike I learn more techniques and tips and each time I end up with another piece of "professionally" upholstered furniture. I get such a confidence boost from the workshops and I'm always proud of my finished piece. I made that!"

 - Angela, pre-loved furniture flipper

"Maaike is a fabulous teacher and gave me the confidence and necessary guidance to pursue upholstery as a professional career. I'm now progressing happily through my formal education and loving every minute of my new vocation."

- Annette, Small business owner

“This lady is a font of knowledge which would rival older masters of the trade... I can say with certainty that this course is one of the best I have experienced”

- Alison, Sewing Instructor

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