Upholstery Classes

My upholstery classes are held once a month on a Saturday from 10am-4pm and every Monday night (6.30pm-9.30pm) and Thursday morning (9.30am-12.30pm).


What to expect on my courses

Classes are small and consist of three people for the longer courses and a maximum of 4 people for shorter courses. In the one day class I can teach you the basics of reupholstering a small item such as a footstool or an ottoman or dining chair. You will learn to strip the chair and rebuild it using modern upholstery techniques. I provide all the fillings, expertise and lunch and you provide the furniture and fabric. In my Monday night class and class held on a Thursday you can upholster something a little larger such as a nursery chair or a large footstool.


What sort of item should I bring for the one day course?

Most students who bring along a small footstool or dining chair complete their project within the day. You might have to finish adding braiding or decorative studs at home though.

What sort of chair should I bring for the six week course?

Your best bet, if you want to complete your chair within the six weeks, is to start with something small like a nursery chair. I usually recommend a small 1950’s nursery chair with no arms. 95% of students who have brought this type of chair to class finish within six weeks. Here are a list of other chairs and the average finishing time of students using modern upholstery (unless otherwise stated):

Nursery chair (no arms): 6 weeks
Large Footstool: 6 weeks
Traditionally upholstered Dining Chair: 6 weeks
Nursery Chair with arms: 8-12 weeks
Wing Chair with cushion: 12-14 weeks

What other factors would allow me to finish my chair in six weeks?

People work at different speeds within the six weeks and there are other variables that might help you finish your chair within six weeks.

Some people have chosen to take their chair home during the course to do homework. This has allowed them to complete, or almost complete their chair within the six weeks.

If the chair has good foundations, such as a sturdy foam base, then you could do a recover of the chair, rather than a full strip and recover if you choose to do so, however, you will miss some of the skill used in completing an upholstered chair back from a frame.

What if I don’t finish my chair?

Students a 15% discount on any further courses booked to complete their chair.

What are the additional costs likely to be on the six week course?

Materials such as hessian, webbing and tacks are in the price of the class fee. Other materials area invoiced at the end of the course at trade price. These are the average costs based on type of chair:

Traditionally upholstered Dining Chair: Around £5
Wing Chair from frame: around £30
Nursery Chair from frame: around £15

Do I have to take my chair home each week?

No, your chair can be stored in my studio for the course duration.

Where do I book?

If you’d like to buy one of my courses, head over to my shop where you can buy for yourself or as a gift. Alternatively if you don’t know what date you would like, pop me an email and I’ll tell you the current availability and send you a booking form.

Dates for your diary

From MONDAY 2nd November 2020 6.30pm-9.30pm (SOLD OUT)
From WEDNESDAY 4th November 2020 9.30am-12.30pm (SOLD OUT)
From THURSDAY 5th November 2020 9.30am-12.30pm (SOLD OUT)
From MONDAY 4th January 2021 6.30pm-9.30pm (SOLD OUT)
From WEDNESDAY 6th January 2021 9.30am-12.30pm (SOLD OUT)
From THURSDAY 7th January 2021 9.30am-12.30pm (SOLD OUT)
From MONDAY 22nd February 2021 6.30pm-9.30pm (x3 Places)
From WEDNESDAY 24th February 2021 9.30am-12.30pm (x3 Places)
From THURSDAY 25th February 2021 9.30am-12.30pm (x3 Places)

SATURDAY 10th October 10am-4pm (SOLD OUT)
SATURDAY 13th November 10am-4pm (SOLD OUT)
SATURDAY 11th December 10am-4pm (x2 Places)
SATURDAY 23rd January 2021 10am-4pm (x3 Places)


One Day Workshop £95 incl. Lunch and Materials (Open to 16yrs+)

6 Week Course £180 excl. some Materials (Open to 16yrs +)