2 Day Upholstery Course

About the Course

Our upholstery courses are designed both for beginners and the more advanced. Classes are small, with 4 – 5 students and tutor Tony Dickin, to ensure everyone gets time with the tutor, but also work and learn at their own speed.

The classes take place in our workshop in Ellesmere, Shropshire from around 9am until 4pm including a cold buffet lunch and refreshments throughout the day. If you would like to attend a course, we can recommend some of our local accommodation – further information can be found here.

The Dates

All courses are currently suspended due to Covid-19 social distancing rules. We’ll get some new course dates planned as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Booking Your Course

A complete two days will cost just £300 for the 2 days (+ VAT charged at the standard rate) including a cold buffet lunch 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


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.

Your Tutor

Tony Dickin

Tony Dickin has many years’ experience in the Furniture Industry:

Experienced in both Modern and Traditional Upholstery, he specialises in Period Upholstery and Furniture Restoration/Conservation working with both private and commercial clients. After completing a full Furniture Industry City and Guilds Apprenticeship, Tony went into teaching in both FE and HE, becoming Head of Upholstery, Course Leader BA(Hons) Applied Furniture Studies and course leader in Antique studies.

Course Feedback

Just wanted to get in contact to say how much I enjoyed the course last week. You were courteous, patient and above all else very professional, the course was everything I hoped for and more. I am delighted with the project, the chair looks great and I have started the slip stitching, just waiting for more slipping thread from JAM to complete.

Course Feedback

Very relaxed, informative, helpful. Tony was putting everyone at ease. The course was not rushed, we worked at a good pace. The lunch was excellent, and there was a good, ambient temperature, despite the heat outside!

Course Feedback

What a brilliant couple of days. Tony was so helpful and so knowledgeable.