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. If your goal is to set up your own business as sole trader, a ltd company or to just have the skills to tackle your own projects at home as a lovely hobby, then this might just be the perfect course for you.

You will be guided through key projects in order to learn the skills needed to tackle projects on your own. There is a suggested list of projects and an ideal order to bring them, in order to progress in a natural and easy way. However, if you have something outside of this list or wish to do things in a different order then this can of course be discussed.

Our class sizes are kept to a maximum of 5 and we try to mostly keep it to 4. So, you will get plenty of guidance and tuition and if you ever find yourself with a moment to spare you can always give Bear (the studio dog) some fuss and love or take 5 and sit in the sun in the garden.

What is covered on the course

Techniques on using hand tools safely and effectively.

Upholstery skills. To include traditional stuffing and stitched techniques, using springs, modern upholstery with foam, deep and shallow buttoning, finishing off with double piping and hand stitching.

Wood restoration/French polishing and basic frame repairs.

Basic sewing machine techniques. To include making single and double piping, zip panels and useful pining and sewing tips.

Business advice – a session to help you with key topics that are essential to any business such as; branding, photography techniques, social media, how to market your business, how to cost up a job, safety laws to abide by, setting up trade accounts with key suppliers, gaining an accreditation from the AMUSF and anything in between.

Key projects 

A drop in seat.

A traditionally stuffed and stitched dining chair, to include wood restoration or paint/finishing techniques to achieve a fresh new look.

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

A deep buttoned project – this can be a footstool, headboard or similar. Other projects with deep buttoning can be brought along if discussed before hand to ensure they’re not too big a task.

A wing back – a Parker Knoll is ideal as the frames are always well made but any wingback is fine to bring.

A certificate is provided upon successful completion of this course, along with some professional photographs of your work to help kick start your portfolio. We work with a local professional photographer for this and we can either have it set at an outdoor location or use the studio for these.

This course is open to total beginners or those with a bit of experience. If you have a lot of experience then we can discuss making some of your projects a bit more challenging or you might want to look at our level 2 course.

The course should take on average 6 weeks, this is a guide only as everyone works at different speeds and it also depends on the projects brought in. You can book on to any of our 5 day courses throughout the year for this but if you wish to do your courses back to back, without any breaks in between or in two or three week chunks, this can easily be accommodated. Please contact us directly to look at suitable dates for doing this.

If you have any questions regarding this course then please get in touch. You are also welcome to arrange a time to pop into the studio for a chat and make sure you have a look at our gallery page or 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.