FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why Do I need to read the FAQ?
The Frequently Asked Questions cover Furniture Resurrection’s Workshop Terms and Conditions – including our refund, exchange and return policies. It’s also got some more exciting Q & A around suitable workshop projects so be sure to read right to the bottom!
Is My Chair Suitable?
To the uninitiated, a chair is a chair is a chair. Once you’ve completed a DIY Upholstery Workshop with me, you’ll never see two chairs the same again!
Ideally we want a bridge chair. Don’t know your bridge chair from your Tv Chair?
To be a suitable project, your chair will have some key features;
- Square/flat backs (no tub chairs)
- Open Timber Arms
- No loose cushions
- No ‘squishy’ sewn seams.
If you can see 2 pieces of fabric are sewn together, and that sewn line is ‘squishable’ it’s unlikely to be an approproate project.
Potential project chairs from left to right;
1.The Occasional armchair – open timber arms, fully covered padded seat meets padded back.
- often quite large – may require additional sessions or homework between classes
2. The quintessential bridge chair – Open timber arms, fully covered padded seat is separated from padded back in most cases. Often the back is able to tilt with the user to aid reclining.
- Please ensure your chair frame is structurally sound, we won’t have time for timber repairs during class.
3. The Louis Style Chair – Also called a balloon back. Padded seat and back framed by decorative timber.
- Often demanding to strip/tear down – may require additional sessions or homework between classes to complete within 4 sessions.
- Padded Arms may require may require additional sessions or homework between classes
- A limited selection of braided trim and decorative nails are included in the course cost. Additional trims and nails may be purchased through MAAIKE or the student may supply their own – discuss during week one.
4.The thin-seat Dining Chair – most dining chairs we would think of as ‘Mid Century Modern’
- Very thin seat (under 50mm thick), solid board base held up on exposed timber cross rails
- These chairs don’t rely on coil spring upholstery, and won’t give you a chance to learn that technique. I’m happy with that if you are! Because you’re skipping springs, you’re likely to complete more than one of these chairs during the workshop series, additional material costs may apply.
Once you’ve signed up, you can email a pic of your chair to confirm suitability.
How do I know if my chair requires machine sewing?
Poke it. Seriously, if you can see a join between 2 pieces of fabric on your chair, and that join can be squished with your index finger, it’s a machine sewing job. Similarly, if you can remove the seat and/or back cushion, then it’s a machine sewing job.
Would some photos of unsuitable projects help? Here’s some I made just for you!
Why must my chair frame be in good, stable condition?
The workshop is limited to 14 hours, and DIY upholstery more than fills that time. Frame repair and general woodworking skills are a workshop in their own right, and one I’m not equipped to teach. If you’re keen on this topic, check out your local community college for introduction to woodworking classes.
My chair isn’t suitable for the workshop, what now?
Workshop projects are limited in style and scope to ensure we can get through it in a limited amount of time. During the 4 sessions, you’ll learn plenty of techniques that will apply to other chairs.
Often participants elect to find a chair that is suitable, to learn the skills and techniques that will help them get started on larger or more difficult projects. If we have time during those sessions I can advise on difficult aspects of future projects.
What if I don’t have a chair?
The workshop is designed as BYO Chair because most people have something they’ve been meaning to resurrect for ages – something from the kerb, from council clean up, the opshop, or nan’s house.
I recommend visiting The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre in Marrickville, and while you’re there, check out Reverse Garbage. They’re both great community organisations which aim to reduce landfill by keeping preloved goods in circulation, and out of landfill.
If you still can’t find one, drop me an email or give me a call (0431901247) – Sometimes I have access to ‘blanks’ that are suitable, drop me a line (firstname.lastname@example.org) to check with me.
Alternatively you might like to do a pre-fab DIY Ottoman Workshop – all materials provided including the base. Keep an eye on the workshop page for scheduled workshops
What is the refund policy?
We have class minimums and in the case we don’t make them you be offered a refund or class transfer to a later date.
Projects MUST be approved at least 7 days prior to the course start date or refunds will not be possible. Please email a photo of your project when you enroll, if not before, to confirm suitability.
In the event your project is too ambitious for the course you will be given the option of a full refund.
Due to limited numbers and minimum run requirements, cancellations received within 7 days of the workshop can not be refunded, nor transferred to alternate dates.
Is my registration/ticket transferable?
Your ticket is NOT transferable to alternate dates and workshop sessions.
If you can no longer attend for any reason, consider passing on your place to a friend or family member who might make the most of your investment!. Please note your replacement will still need their project approved at least 7 days prior to the workshop commencement date.
What if I don’t finish in 14 hours?
Sometimes we tackle projects that are bigger than usual, and managing your expectations is a big chunk of the reason we ask to see photos of your project in advance.
Larger projects are often achievable in 4 sessions with some hours put in at home between sessions.
If you’re unable to work on your chair between sessions, additional sessions may be negotiated at an hourly rate of $65
Why don’t you teach machine sewing?
Workshop sessions can be pleasantly hectic for me, skipping between 5 people with varying experience and projects. Machine sewing is a skill unto itself, and one I lack the tools to teach with – I’ve got one sewing machine, it’s my work Pony, and if we break it I’ll cry – it will be awkward for all of us, so for now, I’m not putting it in the mix.
If you know your way around a domestic sewing machine, I’m more than happy to provide pointers, advise and set homework tasks between classes.
I finished my chair and want to do another one! Can I come back?
Definitely. You won’t be the first to sign up for another round of classes. Whether you’ve got a harder project, need to refresh your memory or simply don’t have space at home, I’m happy to have you back!
Discounts are available for “repeat offenders”, give me a call or email to discuss further.