Read tutorial articles and watch instructional videos about methods of upholstery to complete such tasks as complex as making boxed welted cushions and as simple as the various ways to tie string. EisenbergUpholstery.com and Upholster.com are excellent resources for people who are new to the craft.
One of the most common upholstery tasks that people undertake when they're first starting out is decorating dining chairs. Watching a video is often the best way to learn how to do this task as it provides you with visual guides to accompany the written instructions. EisenbergUpholstery.com includes videos about basic tools and dining chairs, gluing and touching up wood. The website also teaches about fabric layout and inserting foam.
Upholster.com contains multiple instructional videos related to each issue's topic. For example, the issue about reupholstering a sofa contains review notes about upholstery safety, basic sewing, cutting and other basic issues for beginners. For those incorporating welted cushions and decks, links are available as well. The step-by-step instructions for upholstering a sofa are accompanied by pictures and diagrams, as well as videos for the use of upholstery tools, such as staplers, utility knives and staple guns, both electric and traditional. The website also has links to several upholstery tools and products.