Upholster a Traditional Footstool


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.

Learn to upholster your own traditionally made footstool in a weekend or over six weeknight evenings.

A perfect course for a beginner. Jump start your knowledge of traditional upholstery skills and method.

Over two full days or six evenings, we will guide you through the wonderful world of upholstery and help you build a fabulous footstool using traditional methods. You can leave your project at the centre in between classes.

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. Our small fabric footstool (above) 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. This is the method used in many traditional chair seats, so once learned, you can apply this method to your own projects.

We provide everything for the workshop, from the wood frame to the set of natural beech wood legs that are included for you to paint or stain as you wish. Choose from our selection of top fabrics, or bring your own. You will need about a metre of fabric and you will not need it until the final class. The use of all tools and materials is included. We also have a selection of specialist upholstery tools and all the materials that we use in our workshops for sale at the Goodlife Centre for you to continue your new hobby at home.

Beginners welcome.

Maximum 8 participants per class


Start day Date Start time End time Course name Course length Price Good to Know Details Register
Sat 24/02/2018 10:00 17:00 INTRO TO TRADITIONAL UPHOLSTERY - WEEKEND 2 days £345 Fantastic intro to traditional upholstery. Details Register
Sat 05/05/2018 10:00 17:00 INTRO TO TRADITIONAL UPHOLSTERY - WEEKEND 2 days £345 Fantastic intro to traditional upholstery. Details Register
Thu 13/09/2018 18:30 21:00 INTRO TO TRADITIONAL UPHOLSTERY - EVENINGS 6 weeks £345 Fantastic intro to traditional upholstery. Details Register

Contact the Goodlife Centre today! Call Alison on 0207 760 7613 or email alison@thegoodlifecentre.co.uk