Upholstery Workshops

Bring Your Own Chair to Upholster

Join us for one of our fascinating workshops as we delve into the fabulous world of upholstery.

Professional upholsterers, Rachael South , Jan Dodd and Louise Richardson  teach a selection of upholstery courses – each will give you a wonderful introduction to this traditional and practical craft and leave you with the confidence and skills to tackle new projects on your own.

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.

In ‘Intro to Upholstery – 1 Day’ you will use all the specialist tools to either unpick, take apart and replace a worn panelled seat or learn how to recover a chair seat to transform your tired furniture into raving beauties. You can bring a seat pad with you. We cant know if you can re finish it in a day, but we supply all tools , materials and fabrics for you to take away a chair pad you have upholstered.KEY PROCESS: FOAM FILLED DROP-IN SEAT.

Our ‘Intro to Upholstery Weekend or Evenings’ class gives you the opportunity to embark on a more substantial project to make your own upholstered fabulous footstool from scratch, using a selection from our fabrics, or something special of your own.  You will use about a metre of your own fabric if you choose to bring your own.KEY PROCESS: TRADITIONALLY BUILT AND SEWED.

In ‘Intro to Modern Upholstery – Weekend’ you will learn the classic form of deep buttoned upholstery. From making the buttons, forming the foam and pleating the fabric, you will learn a selection of new upholstery skills in this weekend workshop.You will use about a metre of your own fabric if you choose to bring your own. KEY PROCESS: DEEP BUTTONING.

In ‘Hand Caning Furniture’ you will learn a traditional craft, sometimes known as hand, strand or hole-to-hole caning. During the one day workshop, you will be guided through the stages of intertwining the fine split canes, completing a small frame that we supply,  learning new skills to enable you to embark on your own project at home. KEY PROCESS: HAND CANING.

Join us for our in depth 12 week class with experienced tutor Louise Richardson, ‘Bring your own Chair ‘ allows you time to unpick and remake a (pre-approved ) chair of your own to work on each week. Because we have limited storage space, we need to know what chair you intend to bring. Please send us a photo of the chair you wish to bring.

If you have longed to try upholstery for yourself then any of our workshops will be suitable for you. In these practical courses, there will be plenty of time in our small classes for unpicking, nailing, padding and a demo of web stretching. Bring photos of your own furniture projects to ask questions.

“I really enjoyed the footstool upholstery course. Thanks to you and Jan for the fantastic course. Such a good idea to do this project as an introduction to upholstery.”

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 (apart from ‘Bring Your Own Chair’, where you pay as you use materials).

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.

Intro to Upholstery Workshop at the Goodlife Centre in central LondonBring Your Own Chair to UpholsterUpholster a Deep Buttoned Footstoolattaching the bottom cloth of a footstool made at The Goodlife CentreBring Your Own Chair to UpholsterLearn to upholster a sprung footstool

Start day Date Start time End time Course name Course length Price Good to Know Details Register
Sun 06/09/2015 10:00 17:00 HAND CANING FURNITURE 1 day £115 Fabulous traditional skill Details Register
Thu 10/09/2015 18:30 21:00 UPHOLSTERY - BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR 6 or 12 weeks £695 Project based upholstery Details Register
Sat 12/09/2015 10:00 17:00 INTRO TO UPHOLSTERY - 1 DAY 1 day £175 Featured in ELLE Decoration Details Register
Sat 03/10/2015 10:00 17:00 UPHOLSTER A TRADITIONAL FOOTSTOOL - WEEKEND 2 days £345 Fantastic intro to traditional upholstery Details Register
Sun 18/10/2015 10:00 17:00 HAND CANING FURNITURE 1 day £115 Fabulous traditional skill Details Register
Thu 22/10/2015 18:30 21:00 UPHOLSTERY - BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR 6 weeks £350 Project based upholstery Details Register
Sat 24/10/2015 10:00 17:00 INTRO TO UPHOLSTERY - 1 DAY 1 day £175 Featured in ELLE Decoration Details Register
Sun 01/11/2015 10:00 17:00 INTRO TO UPHOLSTERY - 1 DAY 1 day £175 Featured in ELLE Decoration Details Register
Mon 02/11/2015 18:30 21:00 UPHOLSTER A TRADITIONAL FOOTSTOOL EVENINGS 6 weeks £325 Great intro to upholstery! Details Register
Sat 14/11/2015 10:00 17:00 UPHOLSTER A DEEP BUTTONED FOOTSTOOL - WEEKEND 2 days £345 Great intro to modern upholstery! Details Register
Sat 28/11/2015 10:00 17:00 INTRO TO UPHOLSTERY - 1 DAY 1 day £175 Featured in ELLE Decoration Details Register
Sat 05/12/2015 10:00 17:00 UPHOLSTER A TRADITIONAL FOOTSTOOL - WEEKEND 2 days £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