Member Survey Results are In, NUA Turns Two, and More!
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How Did We Measure Up?
Thank you to all our members who completed our very first NUA Member Survey in April. We had a 35% response rate, which is very good for a general survey. Click the button for a summary of the results, which include what members like most, like least, and what they'd like to see done differently!
Check out the survey results here!
Let's Celebrate
To honor the NUA's second birthday, we're highlighting the business anniversaries of our amazing members. Congratulations on your continued success and thank your for your important contributions to our industry and trade!

5 Years (2016)
Lindsay Orwig A Chick & A Chair Professional
Sarah Lin Stubbs Acadiana Upholstery Professional
Diane Montgomery Coventry Lane Upholstery, LLC Professional
Sharon Johannsen Hellfire Upholstery Professional
Jane Pahls Jane's Upholstery Professional
Karly Dickson Karly's Kustom Upholstery & Soft Home Furnishings Professional
stephani keene Keene and Daughters Upholstery Professional
Lynnsay Kirby Little Old, Little New Professional
Laura Stanford South Austin Upholstery Professional
Ceil DiGuglielmo The Sew Much More Podcast Industry Partner
10 Years (2011)    
Michelle Minner Blue Roof Cabin Professional
Edicarlo Nascimento DiCarlo Upholstery, Corp. Professional
Deborah Brenton DIY Natural Bedding Industry Partner
Rachel Myers Home Decor Learning Center, Inc Educator
David Marcum Olive Grove Upholstery Professional
Lisa Lovett The Seacoast Upholstress Professional
15 Years (2006)    
D. Scott Baker Baker Hesseldenz Studio Professional
Heather Cap No Business Like Sew Business, LLC Professional
Bonnie Williams The Upholstery Studio Professional
20 Years (2001)    
Judith Brymer Draperies & Accents by Judith Professional
25 Years (1996)    
Walter Medina Capitol Crafts Interiors Inc Professional
Carla Bluitt Crest Leather Industry Partner
Barbara Burbey Mid-Metro Upholstery Professional
Susan Hibbard Sue's Upholstery Professional
Susan Sifakis SUESEWN Professional
35 Years (1986)    
Bruno Paulin Lopez Atelier de France, Inc. Professional
40 Years (1981)    
Gregory LaRosa Lindsey + Hall Industry Partner
Patrick Sparks Sparks Custom Upholstery Professional
45 Years (1976)    
Allan Engel Allan Engel Professional
Jake Ellis Soft Touch Furniture Professional
55 Year (1966)    
Joseph Kirchhoff Luxury Fabrics, Inc. Industry Partner
70 Years (1951)    
Michael Shannon East Meadow Upholsterers Corp Professional
85 Years (1936)    
Seth Emtage QA Group Professional
140 Years (1881)    
Brad Schneller Schneller Inc Professional

Make Community Connections

Summer Series on Work Flow (Part 2 of 2)
Jul. 27 at 1pm EST

Let's discuss scheduling changes. How do you prioritize? How do you handle backordered fabric or foam? How do you re-schedule someone that hasn't made a fabric decision? This is the second part of the discussion of Work Flow in your Upholstery Business.

Register here to join us

Get Involved and Help Lead the Way

Volunteer Recognition
In recognition of our colleagues’ stand-out efforts, one volunteer will be recognized for work that goes above and beyond the call of duty in each quarterly newsletter and at the end of each year. Nominations are welcome any time during the year.

Michelle Minner
Volunteer of the Quarter, Q3 2021

As a professional upholsterer, Michelle is widely recognized for her creative eye and meticulous attention to detail. She has been involved with the NUA since the beginning, and has made a huge contribution to our organization!

Instrumental in building the foundation of the NUA's social media and marketing program, her passion for design and supporting and encouraging fellow upholsterers has shined through in her role as leader of the Public Relations committee.

Outside of the NUA, Michelle runs Blue Roof Cabin, a custom upholstery business that was born out of her creativity and passion to achieve the perfect signature piece.

"For me it’s all about giving new life to the old and discarded. My favorite client projects are those that are family or just special pieces with a story."

Please help us congratulate Michelle as the NUA Volunteer of the Quarter! She will be receiving a recognition gift for her contribution.

You can find Michelle's business, Blue Roof Cabin, on her website, and on facebook,and instagram
Seeking Volunteers
Would you like to join the NUA team and help carry Michelle's work with the NUA into the future? We're seeking a proactive volunteer to lead the NUA's Public Relations effort. Learn more and submit your application here. We are also seeking a new leader for our Volunteer Coordination Team. Thank you, we love our volunteers!!!

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, July 13 at 1:00pm EST: Delegate or Automate: How to Take Your Business to The Next Level. Automating and delegating daily and weekly tasks is one of the key strategies to "getting it all done". Jill Ragan Scully, owner of My Designer Concierge, will share a few different ways you can manage tasks within your business to work more effectively and efficiently. Choosing how you spend your time is important for a good work/life balance and stress reduction. What would you do with a few extra hours each week? Members, check your email to register today!
Members can view all past webinar recordings here.
Have an idea for a webinar? Email us!
Questions about Flame Retardants in Upholstery? Help is on the way!
Post written by Carla Pyle, NUA Board Member and Natural Upholstery educator & consultant; Content excerpts provided by Chemical Insights.

Last year, Chemical Insights convened a national Furniture Flammability and Human Health Taskforce to provide science-based facts about safe & healthy furniture.

Since then, the group has been busy compiling scientific resources and summarizing key facts and action steps that were ultimately compiled in
UL Guidance Document 118F: Managing Fire and Chemical Exposure Risks of Residential Upholstered Furniture.

To help put this knowledge into practice, Chemical Insights created an educational tool for interior designers:
Specifying Residential Upholstered Furniture to Safeguard Human Health and Well-Being: A Toolkit for Reducing Fire and Chemical Risks.


To view the complete toolkit, alongside additional tools and resources, visit

Visit the NUA blog for key takeaways, including helpful flow charts and more.

Industry News

Upcoming Events
Furniture and Social Practice; online conference, July 12-16, 2021, hosted by Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Furniture Manufacturing Expo; Hickory Metro Convention Center, Hickory, North Carolina, July 20-21, 2021**
**If you attend, be sure to track down NUA Board member, Lewis Mabon, who is leading two educational sessions, Upholstery Technology and Upholstery Case Study.

What We're Reading

Industry News
Consumers plan to spend more on home this year with comfort at the top of their list, according to a new Home Decor Survey

HSM offers foam alternatives for upholstery, mattress manufacturers, Furniture Today

A collection of exciting interior material innovations from around the world, curated by FranklinTill, Heimtextil

Applied DNA Science and A&E intro anti-counterfeiting tech for sewing threads, Home Textiles Today

Retail experts: The Citizen Shopper expects more than products and services, Furniture Today

Advanced cushion fabrication, Marine Fabricator

19 member organizations launch Diversity in Design Collaborative, Furniture Today

1,000 Moms Say This is What Their Home Needs, Zulily

Polyurethane Foam Association Comments on Foam Shortage Resolution — Recaps Member Meeting, Furniture World News

Standard for the Flammability of Upholstered Furniture, A Rule by the Consumer Product Safety Commission on 04/09/2021, Federal Register
NUA Members in the News

Need High-Grade Upholstery? Soft Touch Opens New Backstock Warehouse, The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio

Hot Career Alert: Learn Reupholstery and Start Out Earning $20+ an Hour, The Penny Hoarder

Been in the news? Let us amplify your good work! Email your press clips to

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