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Standard for the Flammability of Upholstered Furniture - 16 CFR 1640

Members, you submitted your "burning" questions, and now we have answers! The NUA is the best source for simplified information on this topic!

Check out our resources related to the new fire safety regulations, including a Summary Guide, FAQ, and Compliance Quick Reference Guide.

Annual Member Survey comes out this week

Later this week we'll launch our annual Member Survey, and we need your help.

We want to know what you're thinking. How are we doing? What do we do well? What can we do better? What do you want to see from us in the future? When you receive the survey email, please take a moment to provide your input. The survey takes only a couple minutes to complete, but your valued input is instrumental in helping us focus on the programs that are most important to you.

To sweeten the deal, we're raffling off an NUA-branded item of choice to one lucky winner who completes the survey. And if you're not a winner, you can still score some sweet merchandise (and show your support for the National Upholstery Association) by visiting our NUA Shop.

The NUA welcomes a new Vice-President

We are pleased to announce that Kim Newell of Kim's Upholstery Shop in W. Lafayette, IN is stepping into the role of NUA VP. Kim has been on the NUA Board of Directors since our inception and is now stepping into the VP role. 

Learn more about Kim and all our Board of Directors here. 

Make Community Connections

Commercial Upholstery
Thursday, May 26 at 4pm EST

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, and 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!

Register here to join us

Get Involved and Help Lead the Way

Volunteers are the heart of our organization. Our board and committees are composed of unpaid volunteers - such as small business owners, manufacturing professionals, and upholstery students - who are all passionate about supporting and advancing the field of upholstery. The NUA needs more volunteers - it's as simple as that. Most volunteer positions only have a time commitment of 2-3 hours per month. Please consider becoming an NUA Volunteer - learn more here.

Thought Leadership

The NUA's Webinar Committee collates fresh content every month to highlight the expertise of our community and to enrich our members with tools, skills, and resources.


Our next webinar is Tuesday, May 10 at 1:00pm EST: Introduction to SCORE - Resources for Small Business. 

Mark Krosse joins us to share resources for small businesses. In his work with SCORE, Mark helps new entrepreneurs get started and experienced business owners solve problems to grow their cash flow.

Members, check your email to register today!

Not a member? See what you're missing here.

Members can view all past webinar recordings here.
Have an idea for a webinar? Email us!
PUN Intended: An interview with Lindsay Orwig on the Making of the Professional Upholsterers’ Network
By Monica Rhodes, NUA Volunteer and Owner of Monday Wash Furniture

On the day I had the honor of interviewing Lindsay Orwig, owner of A Chick and a Chair Upholstery, about her work and the establishment of the Professional Upholsterer’s Network on Facebook, she began by saying that she never intended it to be known as “the PUN”. She, herself, steadfastly referred to it as “the Network”, but it just didn’t stick. Lindsay believes it was Kate Malfroy (Rapt! Upholstery) who first referred to the collective community as “PUNsters” - and that was that. “You can’t control a runaway train,” says Lindsay laughing.

Read about the Facebook group, the PUN. 
Earth Week 2022: Can Interior Design Become Sustainable? 
The Chairish Podcast

Katie Storey, founder of the Good Future Design Alliance, designer Laurence Carr, and Susan Inglis of the Sustainable Furnishings Council—outline easy steps every designer can take, strategies on how to involve clients, organizations that can help, and how design can have a positive impact in the fight for a sustainable future. Listen Here


Industry News

Upcoming Events
Bulk, Bulges & Raw Edges: Upholstery Class at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO, June 6-17, 2022. 

The art of upholstery is visual, tactile and logistical. This workshop presents the tools, techniques and materials used to create and restore upholstered furniture. 
Furniture Manufacturing Expo, Hickory Metro Convention Center, Hickory, NC, July 20-21, 2022. 

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.

Custom Workroom Conference, held at Embassy Suites Hilton Hotel & Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton, VA, October 11-13, 2022. This event is open to upholsterers, drapery, and soft furnishings professionals. 


What We're Reading

Industry News

This Company Has a Way to Replace Plastic in Clothing, Fast Company

Inside Baker’s domestic upholstery operations, Home News Now

Blog: Re-sale furniture marketplaces, sustainability and the circular economy, Home News Now

Inside Bassett’s BenchMade upholstery manufacturing complex, Home News Now

Bassett Furniture: BenchMade Part 2, Home News Now

As some custom upholstery orders rise, challenges ensue, Furniture Today

North Carolina’s Furniture Hub Is Booming. What Comes Next? New York Times

From the basement to the attic: The best interior decors for each room, Uswitch

Spruce-up splurge: Consumers willing to spend on home décor projects, Furniture Today


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