KEY PROJECT: RE-UPHOLSTERING YOUR OWN CHAIR.
Suitable for beginners and fun for advanced learners.
Bookable in blocks of six-weeks so that you can work on your project at your own pace.
The Goodlife Centre is proud to have secured the teaching skills of Louise Richardson, an experienced teacher trained in all aspects of re-upholstery, for a longer ‘Bring Your Own Chair’ series of classes. Louise teaches the history and practice of all styles of upholstery as you learn to cover your own choice of work.
We provide the use of all upholstery tools and equipment including compressed air staple guns. Basic upholstery materials that you require for your project will be moderately charged on a pay-as-you-use basis and will be dependent on each chair’s requirements. We can advise you on the purchase of your top fabric and we have a lovely library of fabric samples to help make up your mind. The Goodlife Centre sells all the basic tools and materials for use on on projects worked on at home.
This is a fantastic chance to up-cycle and personalise a family piece you have at home or a junk shop find and a great way to immerse yourself into the wonderful world of upholstery.
The course are suitable for both beginners and those who have a basic knowledge but little experience who wish to extend their expertise.
Choosing a suitable chair
If you are a newcomer to upholstery, there are a couple of pointers to help you choose a chair to work on. Choose something that has one or two flat planes – a seat and a back – as curves and arms are more complex and take longer to achieve.
The chair on the right was completed in about 12 weeks.
If you are a complete beginner, you could bring something more simple such as an upholstered footstool. More experienced upholsters can bring more complex pieces. Your chair can be traditionally built or modern, but be aware that some modern pieces have been constructed using machinery and are difficult to recreate by hand.
Click here for a detailed PDF of suitable chairs.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a photo of your chair prior to the course so we can answer any suitability questions and advise if your chair is suitable.
We have very limited storage at the centre, so we can only store smaller pieces during the course. Please make sure the total dimensions are less than 1000mm high by 750mm wide, with a depth of 750mm.
Available on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm to 9pm. The cost is £350 for a 6-week consecutive pass, or £645 for a 12-week consecutive pass plus materials used. The use of tools and machinery is included.
All materials will be charged at nominal rates. Some materials will not be kept in stock, but can be ordered in. Approved projects can be stored at the centre. We cannot offer additional time to work on your project outside of workshop times.