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 every upholsterer has to learn.

We supply all tools and materials.

One-day workshop. 10am – 5pm.

Join us for a fascinating day of discovery as we delve into the fabulous world of upholstery. Professional upholsterer, Polly Waite will show how to use all the specialist tools to strip out and untack old upholstery and how to recover a simple modern chair seat to transform your tired furniture into raving beauties.

One of the modules that professional upholsterers have been examined on is the process of making a modern ‘drop-in’ dining seat. You will learn about foam and how to select the correct density and compression rate. By building up foam and applying the additional layers of calico and polyester, everyone learns how to complete the project by tensioning top and bottoming fabric with confidence. In a professional upholstery company, the apprentice learns by making many drop in seats before being let loose on more complicated items.

We begin the day by learning how to strip out old upholstery. You will to learn how to use traditional specialist hand tools to remove  staples and tacks from upholstered furniture to prepare for replacing the upholstery.

You don’t have to bring a chair to the workshop, as we provide simple wood panels for you to cover and take home, but if you have a tatty covered stool, dining chair or drop in seat you would like to start work on, we would be happy to show you how to unpick the tacks or staples from it. It is always very enjoyable to see what ‘lies beneath’. It may not be possible to finish recovering your project during the one day workshop, but we will advise you on the next steps and you will gain confidence to tackle simple jobs by working on the wood panel we provide. At the end of the day, you will have a chance to learn how to web a frame using a hand web stretcher with magnetic hammer and tacks.

You can use a fabric of your own, or use one of our selection of 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. These workshops fill fast!

Warning: Upholstery can become addictive.





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Dates for this workshop/Course

  • 26/05/2018
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm


49-55 Great Guildford Street
United Kingdom