Events Calendar

Events for all NUA events are displayed in the calendar below. Members can view events not available to public. 

If you are an Industry Partner, you can advertise up to 6 trade show appearances/events on the calendar each year. If you are an Educator member, you can advertise up to 12 classes on the calendar each year. To add events, contact us

Upcoming events

    • May 26, 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Restaurants, libraries, and waiting rooms - oh my! Abrasive cleaners have done a number on commercial spaces. Here comes the emails to upholstery shops. How do you bid, price, resource materials for commercial upholstery jobs?

    Bring some stories of your experience and we'll learn from each other!


    Community Meetings are open to the public and held as a live Zoom meeting where colleagues get a chance to discuss the monthly topic. This is not a webinar where only the presenter talks. Bring your knowledge or questions on the monthly topic, then share and learn from other shops and upholsterers!

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    • June 06, 2022
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    • June 10, 2022
    • (CDT)
    • Anderson Ranch in Colorado

    Upholstery Workshop: Bulk, Bulges, and Raw Edges

    Woodworking Workshop | June 6 – 17, 2022 | 9AM-5PM


    Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Anderson Ranch welcomes artists of all levels from across the country and around the world to explore new ideas, hone their skills and engage in meaningful dialog.

    Located 15 minutes from downtown Aspen in Snowmass Village, CO | 970/923-3181 | info@andersonranch.org

    Furniture Society Members receive 20% off tuition for 2022 Furniture Design & Woodworking Workshops

    CONCEPT The art of upholstery is visual, tactile and logistical. This workshop presents the tools, techniques and materials used to create and restore upholstered furniture. Students strip a piece to the frame, which reveals how it was constructed.

    Participants then reverse the process, building the layers back up to recreate the original or modify with new flourishes. Students bring a piece of furniture  approved by the instructor. The unique challenges of each piece are used to teach the whole class the many variations of the craft.

    SKILL LEVELS Beginner to intermediate

    MEDIA Students strip, repair, build up and upholster a chair they bring or find in a thrift store nearby–with the instructor’s approval.

    FACULTY Tina Ortman has been upholstering furniture for over 26 years. The craft combines her love of furniture design, sewing, restoration and learning. The techniques she finds that solve an element in one piece create the learning opportunity she applies to her next job, making upholstery an ever-expanding skill.

    She recently expanded her practice to the challenges of applying upholstery to metal frames. sturdystitchingupholstery.com

    THE STUDIO Anderson Ranch’s Furniture Design & Woodworking Studio blends contemporary and traditional techniques, offering an inspiring range of courses for all levels in topics such as cabinetry, wood bending, kinetics and carving.

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    • June 14, 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • Zoom

    This webinar is only open to members. Members: check your email for the registration link. Non-members:  Join the NUA today!

    Registration information for the webinars is emailed to members two weeks prior to the event. All webinars are hosted through Zoom, so members will need to download the Zoom client (free) to participate. 

    Zoom allows participants to view the webinar as well as ask questions real-time. Each webinar is recorded and made available for members to view for at least one month after the original broadcast date.



    • July 20, 2022
    • July 21, 2022
    • Hickory Metro Convention Center, Hickory, North Carolina
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    We at National Upholstery Association would like to personally invite you to be our guest at

    Furniture Manufacturing Expo 2022!

    Use promo code NUA22 when registering online at www.FurnitureManufacturingExpo.com
    for a Complimentary Exhibit Hall Badge On Us!

    Show Highlights:

    • Two-day Exhibit Hall Badge where you will discover new products, machinery, equipment, and more.
    • Expanded Education Program offering three tracks: Technology, Woodworking and Upholstery. Attend all sessions in one track for two days or attend multiple sessions in different tracks. All included with your registration.
    • Exhibitor Demonstrations taking place on the show floor, providing a hands on look at the latest technology and techniques.

    Schedule at a Glance:

    Wednesday, July 20, 2022

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm.............Exhibit Hall Opens
    11:00 am - 3:45 pm.............Educational Program
    10:30 am - 3:30 pm.............Exhibitor Demonstrations

    Thursday, July 21, 2022

    10:00 am - 4:00 pm.............Exhibit Hall Opens
    10:30 am - 2:15 pm.............Educational Program
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm.............Exhibitor Demonstrations

    To register and for full show details, visit www.FurnitureManufacturingExpo.com

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    • October 10, 2022
    • 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Hampton, VA
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    The NUA is excited to host an event in conjunction with the Custom Workroom Conference in Hampton, Virginia! Registration is now open!


    Join us Monday, October 10, 2022 for a Field Trip to Colonial Williamsburg!

    Learn about historic upholstery and soft furnishings and the preservation of historic furniture pieces at Colonial Williamsburg. Small group presentations by three staff members:

    Leroy Graves – Senior Conservator of Upholstery

    Tara Chicirda – Curator of Furniture

    Gretchen Guidess – Conservator of Textiles

    Registration includes three presentations, admission to two art museums in Colonial Williamsburg, and coach bus transportation from CWC event location (Embassy Suites Hilton Hotel & Hampton Roads Convention Center). Lunch is not included.

    Schedule:
    8:45 am: Meet in hotel lobby to board the bus
    9 am: Last minute instructions for event - on the bus
    9:15 am: Coach Bus leaves hotel for Colonial Williamsburg
    9:45 am: Arrive Colonial Williamsburg
    10 am - 12 pm: Presentations by Colonial Williamsburg curatorial staff
    12 - 1 pm: Lunch in Colonial Williamsburg (bring your own, or enjoy one of the many eateries within walking distance)
    1 - 2:45 pm: Time to explore two art museums, include the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.
    2:45 pm: Meet at the bus for transportation to hotel
    3 pm: Coach Bus leaves Colonial Williamsburg for hotel
    3:30 pm: Arrive hotel

    Audrey Lonsway  2:37 PM

    Leroy Graves' book EARLY SEATING, Upholstery-Reading the Evidence will be available for purchase for $66. (Don't pay the outrageous prices on line :laughing:). Buy his book and get it autographed while you're there!For more information about Leroy Graves:
    https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/explore/art-museums/current-exhibitions/upholstery-csi-reading-evidence/https://www.cbsnews.com/news/upholstery-csi-preserving-antique-furniture-at-colonial-williamsburg/

    Schedule:

    8:45 am: Meet in hotel lobby to board the bus
    9 am: Last minute instructions for event - on the bus
    9:15 am: Coach Bus leaves hotel for Colonial Williamsburg
    9:45 am: Arrive Colonial Williamsburg
    10 am - 12 pm: Presentations by Colonial Williamsburg curatorial staff (All registrants will be put in groups of 15 (max) to allow for a more personal learning experience and time to talk with each presenter.)
    12 - 1 pm: Lunch in Colonial Williamsburg (bring your own, or enjoy one of the many eateries within walking distance)
    1 - 2:45 pm: Time to explore two art museums, include the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.
    2:45 pm: Meet at the bus for transportation to hotel
    3 pm: Coach Bus leaves Colonial Williamsburg for hotel
    3:30 pm: Arrive hotel

    Pricing information:

    NUA Members: $50
    Non-NUA Members: $75

    Click here to reserve a room at the Embassy Suites Hilton Hotel & Hampton Roads Convention Center, (host of Custom Workroom Conference) for the special NUA rate of $139. 

    Leroy Graves' book EARLY SEATING, Upholstery-Reading the Evidence will be available for purchase at the museum store for only $66. Buy his book and get it autographed while you're there! (optional)


    For more information about Leroy Graves:

    https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/explore/art-museums/current-exhibitions/upholstery-csi-reading-evidence/

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/upholstery-csi-preserving-antique-furniture-at-colonial-williamsburg/


    For more information send us an email here.

    • October 11, 2022
    • October 13, 2022
    • Hampton, VA

    The Custom Workroom Conference (CWC), held at Embassy Suites Hotel & Hampton Road Convention Center, in Hampton, VA. CWC is hosted by Susan Woodcock and Roger Walker (owners of Workroom Tech). With two days of instruction and an Exhibitor Marketplace, CWC is a great place to learn about upholstery, drapery, and soft furnishings fabrication! 

Past events

May 10, 2022 Webinar - Introduction to SCORE
May 09, 2022 FLC Intermediate Open Workshop (FLC 301W) with Instructors Cynthia Bleskachek and Sarah Sanna
April 21, 2022 Community Meeting: New Employees
April 12, 2022 Webinar - Photographing Furniture for Social Media
April 12, 2022 FLC 200 Spring Cohorts Begin
April 01, 2022 Registration Ends for FLC 200 Spring Cohorts
March 22, 2022 Community Meeting: Battle: Leather vs Vinyl
March 08, 2022 Webinar
February 24, 2022 Community Meeting: Scheduling Overload
February 08, 2022 Webinar
January 28, 2022 Community Meeting: Shop/Work Room Tour
January 11, 2022 Webinar - "Upholstery Conservation" with Heather Porter ACR
December 14, 2021 Webinar: The History of Outdoor Cushions: Current and Emerging Technology
November 09, 2021 Webinar: "Wise Words from an Upholstery Podcaster"
October 26, 2021 Community Meeting: Meetups & Ambassadors
October 12, 2021 Webinar: "Delegate or Automate: How to Take Your Business to the Next Level," presented by Jill Ragan Scully of My Designer Concierge (NUA Industry Partner)"
September 28, 2021 Community Meeting: New Upholstery
September 14, 2021 Webinar: "What is Means to be a Maker" with author and craftsman, Nick Kary
August 10, 2021 Webinar: "Skilled Workforce: How Online Training Programs Could Help You Grow Your Team" with Cynthia Bleskachek
July 27, 2021 Community Meeting: Summer Series on Work Flow (Part 2 of 2)
June 22, 2021 Community Meeting: Summer Series on Work Flow (Part 1 of 2)
May 25, 2021 Community Meeting: How will the new Fire Safety Regulations affect your business?
May 18, 2021 Membership Committee Meeting
May 11, 2021 (Public) Webinar: "To Burn or Not to Burn: New Federal Flammability Law for Upholstered Furniture and What it Means for Your Company" presented by Neal Cohen Law LLC | Consumer Product Safety Law
April 27, 2021 Community Meeting: "The Oldest Piece of Furniture I Re-Upholstered" Share
April 23, 2021 Volunteer Committee Meeting
April 20, 2021 Membership Committee Meeting
April 13, 2021 Webinar: "The History of Upholstered Furniture"
March 26, 2021 Volunteer Committee Meeting
March 23, 2021 Community Meeting
March 16, 2021 Membership Committee Meeting
March 09, 2021 Webinar: "Social Media & Your Sales Funnel"
February 26, 2021 Volunteer Committee Meeting
February 23, 2021 Community Meeting
February 16, 2021 Membership Committee Meeting
February 09, 2021 Webinar: "A Professional's Guide to Understanding Leather"
January 26, 2021 Community Meeting
January 22, 2021 Volunteer Committee Meeting
January 19, 2021 Membership Committee Meeting
January 12, 2021 Webinar: "Fast Fashion & its Discontents"
December 18, 2020 Volunteer Committee Meeting
December 15, 2020 NUA Membership Committee Mtg
December 11, 2020 Virtual Upholstery Symposium
December 09, 2020 NUA Board Meeting
November 27, 2020 Volunteer Coordination Committee Meeting
November 17, 2020 NUA Membership Committee Mtg
November 11, 2020 NUA Board Meeting
October 27, 2020 October Upholstery Community Meeting
October 23, 2020 Volunteer Coordination Committee Meeting
October 14, 2020 NUA Board Meeting
October 06, 2020 NUA Membership Committee Mtg
September 22, 2020 September Upholstery Community Meeting
September 17, 2020 3rd Annual Upholstery MeetUp hosted by Kim's Upholstery
September 09, 2020 NUA Board Meeting
September 01, 2020 NUA Membership Committee Mtg
August 25, 2020 August Upholstery Community Meeting
August 12, 2020 NUA Board Meeting
August 04, 2020 NUA Membership Committee Mtg
July 28, 2020 July Upholstery Community Meeting
July 14, 2020 July Webinar: Top 10 Things You Need to Know to Run Your Business
July 08, 2020 NUA Board Meeting
June 30, 2020 NUA Membership Committee Mtg
June 23, 2020 June Upholstery Community Meeting
June 10, 2020 NUA Board Meeting
June 02, 2020 NUA Membership Committee Mtg
May 26, 2020 May Upholstery Community Meeting
May 13, 2020 NUA Board Meeting
May 12, 2020 May Webinar: Insurance
May 06, 2020 Upholstery Community Meeting
May 05, 2020 NUA Membership Committee Mtg
April 30, 2020 Zoom meeting with Educator Members Only
April 29, 2020 Upholstery Community Meeting
April 14, 2020 April Webinar: Textile Safety, Why and How to Green Your Textile Choices
April 08, 2020 NUA Board Meeting
April 01, 2020 Upholstery Community Meeting
March 31, 2020 NUA Membership Committee Mtg
March 30, 2020 Webinar: Managing Your Finances During A Business Disruption
March 25, 2020 Upholstery Community Meeting
March 12, 2020 NUA Strategic Plan Launch Webinar
March 11, 2020 NUA Board Meeting
March 10, 2020 March Webinar: Once Upon a Hide
March 03, 2020 NUA Membership Committee Mtg
February 12, 2020 NUA Board Meeting
February 11, 2020 February Webinar: Understanding Performance Fabrics
February 04, 2020 NUA Membership Committee Mtg
January 14, 2020 January Webinar: How to do Email Marketing with Joy and Ease
December 10, 2019 December 10th Webinar
November 12, 2019 November Webinar: Tools & Gadgets
October 08, 2019 October Webinar: Tufted French Mattress Cushion
September 16, 2019 Custom Workroom Conference & Marketplace
September 15, 2019 Take Your Skills to the Next Level - Aspire to Inspire
September 10, 2019 September Webinar: Website basics
September 02, 2019 PR Committee Meeting
August 20, 2019 Membership Committee Meeting
August 19, 2019 PR Committee Meeting
August 13, 2019 August Webinar: Foam Selection
August 06, 2019 Membership Committee Meeting
August 05, 2019 PR Committee Meeting
July 31, 2019 2nd Annual Upholstery Meet Up
July 23, 2019 Membership Committee Meeting
July 22, 2019 PR Committee Meeting
July 09, 2019 July Webinar: Meet the Board of Directors
July 01, 2019 NUA Membership Opens
May 07, 2019 Upholstery in New York City with Master Artisan Upholsterer Bruno Lopez
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