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Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 203 Conc £80 Full £359 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Tuesday 10:00 - 12:30 11 MAC 18/09/2018 04/12/2018 CM1460
Tuesday 10:00 - 12:30 11 MAC 08/01/2019 26/03/2019 CM2460
Tuesday 10:00 - 12:30 11 MAC 30/04/2019 16/07/2019 CM3460

What will the course cover?

We will cover more advanced techniques e.g. button backs, working with leather and the skills needed to upholster chairs that require a more in-depth approach.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at students who have completed at least two years of upholstery. It gives you the opportunity to tackle more advanced techniques and chairs. You will participate in group discussions on approaches, restoration and resolving naturally occurring upholstery problems. Please bring your project to the first class.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

Recognise and use tools and materials. Upholster a drop in seat. Upholster a chair with an upholstered seat and back pad. Use a sewing machine confidently.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Work independently on a range of projects. Identify upholstery constructions. Write a programme of work. Write a design brief. Write a costing sheet including time for frame repair. Identify 4 qualities of loose stuffing. Identify 3 suspension systems and specify when each would be used. Apply 3 stitching techniques to create even curves in scrim. Attach buttons to furniture both float and deep. List 5 of the requirements of the Furniture and Furnishings Fire Regulations Act 1988. Apply 3 fabric embellishments. Assess a chair frame for dismantling and re – glueing. Identify 5 product safety regulations relating to furniture and furnishings. Evaluate project completed and techniques used.

How is the course organised?

Practical workshop. Demonstrations. Individual and group work. Question and answer sessions.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Keeping folders up to date, with written notes. Providing material for projects. Visits to furniture/fabric retailers.

How will my progress be assessed?

Individual and group feedback from the tutor and through your Learning Journal and Individual Learning Plan.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Once you are confident at this level you should be able to start to take commissions or work within the trade or continue onto a higher level course with other provider.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

You will need to bring your own piece of furniture and pay for all the materials used. Some tools are provided for use in class. Your own top fabric and trimmings. A notepad and pen. A camera. Stout shoes. Please note: Any items brought onto the premises and/or worked on in class are done so at the owners’ own risk.

What support is available?

Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.