AMUSF Diploma Course


​This is an upholstery diploma course in conjunction with the AMUSF. We are one of the few approved training centres for the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers. For those wanting to become a professional upholsterer, this accredited and industry recognised qualification is as good as it gets.

The course is split into three stages. Stage 1 Craft Certificate, Stage 2 Intermediate Craft Certificate and Stage 3 Diploma.
Each stage takes 210 hours to complete, that is 6 weeks of practical studio time. Each stage must be completed within a 12 month period. Meaning you can spread the 6 weeks out and have time to perfect and practice your skills as you progress. The three stages can be completed as individual certificate courses or you can proceed through all stages and gain your diploma upon completing stage 3.

Your work will be assessed at the studio on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You’ll also be assessed and graded annually by an external examiner appointed by the AMUSF.

Each stage costs £2,500. A £750 non refundable deposit is payable upon course enrollment. The remainder of the money is due in five £350 instalments, these are paid when booking to attend your chosen dates.

An AMUSF registration fee of £72 (inclusive of VAT@20%) is payable separately
direct to the AMUSF and must be made within 4 weeks of starting the course.

You can start this course at any time throughout the year. Please contact us for availability.


Stage One – craft certificate
Drop in seat – Modern Upholstery Techniques.

Drop in seat – Traditional Techniques

A traditionally upholstered sprung dining chair (Assessed piece)
Sprung Arm exercise (Exercise – frame supplied.)

Bolster end with Piping (Exercise – materials inc.)

Making a piped box cushion (on going throughout the year)

​Upholstered and Lined Box with decorative detail and deep buttoned lid. You will be encouraged
to let your creativity fly on this one. (Assessed piece).

Written Research Project
Title – “Fabric Characteristics, Identification & appropriate Usage”

Project portfolio and notes:
This is an intensive training course. You will be challenged, encouraged and learn a lot. You will be expected to keep a portfolio of photographs and notes throughout the course. Make sure you have a big notebook and camera ready! The portfolio will provide evidence for the AMUSF to assess your work, should they need to see it. Keep your portfolio up-to-date as you go, as it is a lot to present if left to the last minute. A mood board for your assessed projects is also advised.
Additional learning and benefits:

Appropriate use of tools and equipment.
Appropriate use of fillings and materials.
Cutting, pattern matching and finishing of fabrics.
Trims and decorative finishing techniques.
Frame repairs and wood finishing techniques.
An extra day will be put on for all things related to setting up a business. Everything from branding, social media, photography, marketing to setting up trade accounts and costings.
Also covered will be Fire Regulations for commercial & domestic upholstered products.


Stage Two

Nursing Chair – Armless Chair with Traditionally Upholstered Seat and Back

Independent Sprung edge – Exercise Frame provided

Tailoring, including the fitting of caps and collars​

T-Shaped Cushion with Zip and Piping

Post 1950s Wingback Armchair – Modern Materials and Methods

Written Research Project
Title – “History of Upholstered Furniture – a timeline and overview of the styles of
upholstered furniture and the development of upholstery techniques and materials used”

Stage 3 – Diploma

A large traditional armchair to include at least two of the following elements: the fitting of caps and collars, scroll arms or stitched-up edges to arms, sprung arms, coil sprung seats, independent sprung edges, deep buttoning, fluting or an iron framed chair.

Modern Chair with a concave inside back incorporating tailored fitting and/or top stitching i.e. Egg style (shell frame)

Written Research Project
Title – “History of Upholstered Furniture – a timeline and overview of the styles of upholstered furniture and the development of upholstery techniques and materials used”

You will build on what you have previously learnt at each stage and grow with knowledge and confidence. You will get plenty of guidance in a very relaxed and friendly environment as our class sizes are kept to a maximum of 4.

You will learn more than you thought possible and make some new friends along the way. If you are looking for a home away from home, where everyone gets as excited about chairs and fabric as you do, then come and join us.

Call to arrange a time to visit the studio for an informal chat.


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