Two Day Upholstery Courses

J A Milton Upholstery Workshop

About the Course

Our upholstery courses are designed both for beginners and the more advanced. Classes are small with 4 students and tutor Joan Milton (our master upholsterer) to ensure everyone gets time with the tutors but work and learn at their own speed.

The classes take place in our workshop in Ellesmere, Shropshire from around 9:15am until 5pm including a cold buffet lunch and refreshments throughout the day. If you would like to come to us for a course we can recommend some of our local accommodation – further information can be found here.

Booking Your Course 

A complete two days will cost just £220 for the 2 days (+ VAT charged at the standard rate which works out at £264) including a cold lunch buffet and refreshments. We accept Credit, Debit cards and Paypal as well as Cheques and BACS payments. Click here to book and reserve your place on the course or phone Sue, Chris or Lee-Ann on 01691 624023 to book or learn more. If you're looking to buy a course as a gift for someone, we can provide open-dated vouchers so the recipient can choose when to attend. Please see our course terms and conditions here

Your Project
For a beginner we recommend a smaller project such as a footstool but you are welcome 

to bring along whatever you would like to learn. To ensure your project is suitable for what you want to do we normally request that we give you a call to discuss it and send some photos over of your frame. There is also the option to choose either traditional or modern upholstery and the skills you learn will slightly vary depending on which you prefer.

If your upholstery project requires new foam you will need to order this before your course in order that the factory can cut the size and deliver it to the classroom in time for your class. This can be up to 7 days.

Top fabric will also need to be ordered in but we have a huge range to help you choose and samples can be sent to your home as long as we have enough notice. If you’d prefer to purchase a new frame please contact us in advanced to ensure we have it ready for your course.

All the tools you will need are available to use in our workshop but if you prefer to purchase your own before the course please phone us and we can discuss what you may need.  We have a small shop on site so during the course you can come and have a look. 

The Dates 

Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th - Fully Booked
Thursday 14th & Friday 15th - Fully Booked
Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th - Fully Booked

Thursday 19th & Friday 20th - Fully Booked
Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th - Fully Booked
Tuesday 31st & Wednesday 1st November - Fully Booked

Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th - Fully Booked
Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th - Fully Booked
Wednesday 29th & Thursday 30th  - Fully Booked

Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th - Fully Booked
Monday 11th & Tuesday 12th  - Fully Booked

If the dates are not suitable, please call us on 01691 624023 and we will do our best to arrange more dates.

Group bookings can be arranged on special dates additional to those above.

About the tutor - Joan Milton

Joan is our Master Upholster and a Past President of the AMUSF (Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishings). She has over 26 years of experience teaching upholstery and has expertise in both modern and traditional upholstery techniques.


"Really learnt a lot. Enjoyed the group especially the fact there was only four in a group. Support at right level and availability. Gill"

"Has a fabulous 2 days, Just wish I knew how to make the time go slower. Thanks so much. Kate"

"Hi, The one to one attenton was very good indeed. I thoroughly enjoyed my course. Joan was very knowledgeable and thorough and Lee-Ann was also very helpful. A pair of superstars! Thank you both so much. Linda"

"Hi, Thank you so much for the course last week.  We were delighted with ourselves on what we achieved with your help.  Bob was great and so was Alison. The lunches were perfect and Mereside Farm far and away excelled what we expected.  The time just disappeared but we both learned so much, made some good friends and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, so much so that we have re-booked for Dec 9th and 10th. In the meantime we will be continuing to learn via your videos which are brilliantly helpful. Thank you again and see you soon,
Regards, Christine and Alf
PS: Saw ourselves on your new video!"

"Hi, everyone there...just wanted to say that I had a fantastic time on my two day course... I was just so overwhelmed by the service that I received from everyone there at J A Milton's..on the phone, email, and face to face, there was nothing that was too much trouble for anyone there, always with a smile, and very knowledgeable about the products.
Over the last couple of days I have been so impressed by the attitude of everyone I encountered, from the office staff, to the warehouse 'chaps' and the cleaner who was valiantly trying to mop up after all the folks tramping in the wet!
I am absolutely sure that Joan knows what a great team she has behind her, but I hope that it will lift her spirits to know that her clients also appreciate this as well... By the way, Bob was an inspiration!! Hilary"