If you would like to get stuck in to a project a bit more traditional than the drop in dining chair seat that we tackle on our ‘Intro to Upholstery‘ workshop, this chance to make a footstool you will own forever is the very thing for you.

Over two full days, an experienced upholsterer will fast track you through the wonderful world of upholstery and help you build a fabulous footstool using traditional methods.  Choose from our selection of top fabrics, or bring your own, and squeal with delight when you see the gracious cabriole legs that your footstool will be fitted with. Don’t worry about lugging a heavy piece of furniture around town, you can leave your work at The Goodlife Centre between classes if you choose. Plenty of guidance in a small group with a great tutor. To upholster your own chair see our project-based upholstery course – Bring Your Own Chair to Upholster.

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.


Before the advent of foam in the middle of the twentieth century, the only way to make wooden seats more comfortable was to build up layers using available materials. The small fabric footstool is built from layers of woven webbing, hessian, vegetable fibre, animal hair and calico and is sewn with specialist needles and stitches. Although this method is more labour intensive than the modern method of using foam, it is much longer lasting and preferred in more expensive pieces of furniture.

Use 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: This course is run over a weekend. Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm.


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Dates for this workshop/Course

  • 05/05/2018
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm


49-55 Great Guildford Street
United Kingdom