This course is suitable as a follow on to our one  year upholstery course or anyone with a Stage 1 AMUSF qualification.

During the 36 weeks, you will deepen your knowledge of everything you have learnt during your first year by adding new skills and completing two chairs of your own choosing (one modern & one traditional).

This course is a year long course taking place weekly starting Thursday 10th January.

We keep our classes small – maximum of 8 students to ensure you benefit from close personal attention during your course.

Course Outline

The course will focus on several useful set projects including the complete upholstery of a traditional armless sprung chair and a modern armchair using modern techniques.

The practical skills to learn include

  • T-Shaped Cushion with piping and zips.
  • Tailoring, including the fitting of caps and collars. (These will be samples)
  • Independent sprung edge for a cushion seat using traditional methods. This is executed as an exercise on a frame we will provide.
  • Armless chair with traditionally upholstered seat, (coiled springs) and back.
  • Post 1940s armchair upholstered with modern materials and methods.

Teaching & Learning

Learners will have full access to our well equipped upholstery workshop and the majority of the teaching will be by practical experience on your own projects.

We have restoration facilities here so that chair frames can be restored and refinished as part of the course.

The variety of chairs that learners bring to the workshop form a foundation to learn more about 20th century furniture by exposing a rich variety of styles.

We encourage learners to extend their creativity as they work on their chosen chair. This helps to build confidence and independence in tackling upholstery commissions.We keep our classes small so that everyone can get lots of attention.

There will be set exercises to be completed and tutors will help learners evaluate their own work in private and group tutorials throughout the course.

Fundamental knowledge will be explained in interactive lectures in the workshop using practical examples where possible.

Tutors will encourage, support and arrange informal external visits to museum collections and professional businesses.

Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for those who have completed our one year upholstery course or anyone with a Stage 1 AMUSF qualification.
As much of the learning is transferred verbally, a good knowledge of English is required.

Career Progression

Learners will be encouraged to attain professional standards in their upholstery and soft furnishing projects, as well as acquiring a background knowledge in a broad range of basic techniques. Final projects can be used to show a high standard if a learner has a desire to continue to onto an accredited higher level.

Students will be encouraged to work independently as they would have to in industry.

Supplementary Learning

In addition to our the core upholstery course, learners have the opportunity to round-off their knowledge by attending our other related workshops at a substantial discount.

These workshops run regularly, in the evenings  and at weekends, and can be taken at any time during your upholstery course.

These complementary workshops will improve your skill levels and abilities in curtain making, hand caning, restoration and  basic woodwork, providing you with a very comprehensive grounding in all levels of upholstery and furniture restoration.

Sally Mollett is an experienced upholsterer who runs her own upholstery business in London

Fees and Payment Structure 36 weeks January 2019
Total cost £2800.00 including VAT @ 20% (36 x 6 hours – 216 hours)

This is inclusive of all set exercise materials. We supply the frames for the exercises that you will not keep.

Payment is due via the following methods:

  • Payment in Full – Early booking discount – 10% off full price due by 1st Dec.
  • Payment in Full – Due by 10th January.
  • Payment by Installment – First installment of £933.00 due by 10th January 2018. Second installment of £961.00 due by 9 March. Final installment of £961.00 due by 10 June (this method incurs an admin charge of 3% which is included in the above figures).

Our class sizes are small. Maximum 8 per course.
We encourage you to secure your place as soon as possible.


All basic materials for the projects are included in the cost of the course. Additional materials used on learner’s own chairs will be charged at nominal prices. Legs for the projects can be purchased at cost price.

Term Dates

The course takes places weekly each Thursday 10am-1pm / 2pm-5pm. Term dates (2018-2019) for the course are:

Spring Term
January 10,17,24,31 – February 7,14 (Half term Feb 21) February 28 – March 7,14,21,28 -April 4. (Easter Holidays)

Summer Term
April 25 -May 2,9,16,23 (Half term May 30) June 6,13,20,27 – July 4,11,18.

Autumn Term
September 12,19,26- October 3,10,17,31 (Half term Oct 24) November 7,14,21,28 – December 5.

For those wishing to take an accreditied course, please consult for a full list of training centres.

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1 Year Course - first term only £933.00 (GBP)   Sold Out
1 Year Course - full year fees £2,800.00 (GBP)   Sold Out
1 Year Course - Early discount £2,520.00 (GBP)   Sold Out

Dates for this workshop/Course

  • 10/01/2019
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

49-55 Great Guildford Street
United Kingdom