Upholster a Deep Buttoned FootstoolTake home a footstool you have made in a weekend. We are thrilled that lifetime upholsterer Rachael South has created a wonderful project to learn the classic form of deep buttoned upholstery.

Banish those fuddy duddy club chair ideas and say hello to upholstery with a new twist; bright colours, shiny fabrics and funky feet (we give you unfinished wood feet for you to paint or stain in your very own way).

Concentrate your mind and spend a weekend making a footstool to take home and wow your friends. From making the buttons, forming the foam and pleating the fabric, you will learn enough know how to take away a skill to make your own headboard, banquette (i love that word) or anything else you can imagine.

All of our upholstery classes  are for absolute beginners. It doesn’t matter which one you choose to take first. Each technique that is offered is part of all the processes that every upholsterer has to learn.


One of the modules that professional upholsterers are examined on is the process of deep buttoning. The correct height of foam is selected and applied to a base. Holes are made in the base and foam.  We have a traditional button press you will use to make your own buttons in whatever fabric you choose. The top fabric is then folded and pleated and the button is knotted   to hold the folds together. We have crowned this mastery with traditional legs and made it into a stool for you to take home.

The dimensions for our footstool are 540mm x 36omm and we have allowed enough time and materials to make 9 deep buttoned holes. This size is about the smallest unit possible to learn the process of deep buttoning as an upholstery technique.

Useable metre of fabric of your own, or use one of our luxurious upholstery fabrics at the centre. The use of all tools and materials is included.

We also have a selection of tools and materials that we use in our workshops for sale at the Centre for you to continue your new hobby at home.

Beginners welcome.

Course Dates: Saturday & Sunday 21st/ 22nd February. 10am – 5pm.

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The Goodlife Centre
122 Webber Street
United Kingdom

Start Date: 21/02/2015
Course Dates:

Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 17:00