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Introducing your 2024 Board of Directors

Join us in welcoming our new and returning Board of Directors! Board members freely give their time to collaborate with each other and keep NUA running strong. Click here to learn more about our Board Members.

State of the Association

A Message from NUA President Keaven Hartt. Curious to know what the National Upholstery Association has been up to? Read Keaven's annual message on the current condition of our organization. Click here to read it now!

A Farewell Message

A Letter from Outgoing President Harmony Maraldo. Harmony offers a heartfelt farewell and welcome to new leadership. Read her message to friends and members of the NUA.

NUA Educational Scholarship

Exciting news! This year, the NUA is introducing its first educational scholarship!

Sponsored by The Workroom Channel, with additional support from the Custom Workroom Conference, this year's scholarship winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to the Custom Workroom Conference in Providence, RI on September 23rd-25th, 2024. The winner will also receive free registration to NUA's pre-event and one year of free membership to the NUA.

Watch your emails for more information and a link to the scholarship application!

NUA Supports Teena's Legacy in Fundraising Efforts

Teena's Legacy, a 501(c)3 non-profit, recently held a fundraiser to support a dynamic exhibit in honor of Black History Month. Teena's Legacy in Gary, Indiana uses upholstery education to boost self-esteem, sharpen imagination, and enhance the creative mind. The money raised will fund the upcoming art exhibit Bringing Our Seats to the Table: African and Black History Covered and Re-Covered.

The NUA asked our friends and members to help support the cause, and you answered! With 10 days left in the fundraising period, Teena's Legacy met their fundraising goal of $5,000, meaning the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) will provide a match of $5,000, doubling their total fundraising efforts. Thank you for supporting this cause!


The NUA holds webinars on the second Tuesday of every month at 1:00pm ET. Registration information for webinars are emailed to members two weeks prior to the event. Here's what we have planned next:

The Ins and Outs of Commercial Accounts with Jesica and Wes Breitenbach

Tuesday, February 13th at 1:00pm EST
Is commercial upholstery right for you? Jes and Wes will discuss how to acquire and maintain commercial upholstery accounts, what you can do to set yourself apart from the competition, and ways to keep them coming back.

Setting Up an Etsy Shop with Nancy Sargent

Tuesday, March 12th, 1:00PM EST
Everything you need to know to profitably sell custom furniture creations.
Members can view all past webinar recordings here.

Not a member? See what you're missing.

Check out our list of Upcoming Webinars.

Have an idea for a webinar? Email us at

Latest Blogs

Benaroya Hall: The Best Seat in the House

Andrew Bodjanac, NUA Director at Large and General Manager of Fabric Showcase, recounts his upholstery shop’s transformation of 2,564 theater seats at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA. 

Click here to read the full blog!

Volunteer of the Quarter

Harmony Maraldo - Tack & Tuft

Since 2020, Harmony has been a pivotal member of the National Upholstery Association. Progressing from the Volunteer Coordination committee to leading the Membership Committee, she was elected to the Board of Directors in 2021 and served as President for the 2022-2023 term. Harmony's multifaceted contributions, including spearheading committees, managing social media, and coordinating events, have significantly shaped the association's success.

Volunteer with the NUA!

Volunteers are the heart of our organization. Our board and committees are composed of unpaid volunteers - small business owners, manufacturing professionals, and upholstery students - who are all passionate about supporting and advancing the field of upholstery. Please consider becoming an NUA Volunteer - learn more here.

Industry News & Upcoming Events!

Kim's Upholstery 5th Annual MeetUp

May 15th - 17th, 2024 in Hickory, NC

Join Kim's Upholstery in Hickory NC, for our 5th Annual Upholstery Meetup on May 15-17, 2024! We will tour 4 vendors and have an all-day event at our host hotel. This year's event is limited to 60 attendees. Click here for more information and to register.

Also check out Kim's Upholstery's upcoming workshops:

Furniture Manufacturing Expo 

June 13-14, 2024 in Hickory, NC

The Furniture Manufacturing Expo (FME) is the largest gathering of suppliers for manufacturers of home furnishings. The show brings suppliers offering the latest supplies, machinery, technology, fabrics, parts, and more, directly to the manufacturers of home furnishings. For more information and to register, visit

FME Volunteer Opportunity! We are looking for a volunteer to coordinate a Regional Meetup on Wednesday, June 12th in Hickory, NC. This event will be held at the Hickory Convention Center the day before the FME conference begins. If you're passionate about bringing people together, organizing memorable experiences, and making a positive impact, join us! Interested? Email us to learn more.

News from our Partners

New Blog: Upholstery Insight

Albright's Supply 

Albright's Supply launched a new blog this month called Upholstery Insight! Check it out here.

NUA Members Only Discount

Workroom Buttons 

Workroom buttons is offering NUA members free shipping on orders! Visit the NUA's Member Discounts page to learn how to redeem this offer. You must be logged in and an active NUA member to view this page and receive the discount.

Hands-On Training

Workroom Tech

Custom Workroom Technical Center or “Workroom Tech”, located in Tryon, NC, is a trade school specifically for custom window treatment, soft furnishing, and upholstery professionals.

Upcoming hands-on classes include:

Workroom Tech offers online classes, too! Visit to see the full class schedule.

2024 Workshops Are Here

The Whimsical Chair 

Rhonda Shanahan of The Whimsical Chair is now offering 2024 workshops. Upcoming classes are held in Castle Rock, CO and include:

What We're Reading

Industry News

What We're Listening

The Sew Much More Podcast

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