Fast Track Upholstery course


“Begin at the beginning then go on til you come to the end  then stop.” Lewis Carol

This course will get you on the right track to becoming a professional upholsterer. 

You will be guided through key pieces in order to learn the skills needed to tackle projects on your own. We have a list of projects and an ideal order to bring them.. This is set out to help you progress in a logical and easy way. If you have something outside of this list or wish to order things differently then please discuss this with us.

Our class sizes are set to a maximum of 4. This makes sure that you get plenty of guidance and tuition. 

What is covered on the course

Techniques on using hand tools safely and effectively.

Upholstery skills. – Traditional stuff and stitched techniques, springs, working with foam, deep buttoning, double piping, hand stitching and other finishing design techniques.

Wood restoration/French polishing and basic frame repairs.

Basic sewing machine techniques. Making single and double piping, zip panels, cushions and sewing tips.

Business advice – key topics essential to any business such as; branding, photography, social media, marketing your business, costings, safety laws, trade accounts and AMUSF accreditation.

Key projects 

A drop in seat.

A traditionally stuffed and stitched dining chair. Restoring the wood or painting it to achieve a fresh new look.

A sprung nursing chair – traditionally stuffed and stitched with French polishing techniques on any show wood.

A deep buttoned project – a footstool, headboard or similar. Other projects with deep buttoning can be brought along if discussed before hand.

A modern wing back – a Parker Knoll is ideal as the frames are always well made.

A certificate is provided upon successful completion of this course. 

This course is open to total beginners or those with some experience. Students with more experience can contact us to discuss their goals and how we can help you to achieve them.

The course should take on average 6 weeks. This is only a guide as everyone works at different speeds.

Book on to any of our 5 day courses throughout the year for this. We recommend booking individual weeks or 2 week chunks spread over several months or a year. This allows you time to absorb and digest what you’ve learnt and to rest before advancing. 

Get in touch if you have any questions regarding this course. To arrange a time to pop into the studio for a chat please contact us.

Have a look at our gallery page and social media for photos of some students’ projects.

*if you’re not local then there is a huge selection on accommodation on Airbnb and on line or you can always contact me for some suggestions too.