Bring your own Upholstery Project - Block of 5 Days (flexible dates)



Bring your own Upholstery Project - 9.30am - 4.45pm

We schedule your days to suit your availability once your booking has been received.

This five day course runs continually throughout the year giving you a flexible start date and is open to all experience levels from beginner to improver.

You will learn an array of skills depending on your project. Your tutor will guide you how to sympathetically strip away existing upholstery, clean and carry out basic repairs, polish or paint show wood before building up the upholstery using traditional or modern materials and methodologies in keeping with your project.

There is no restriction to the type of furniture you bring with you, as long as you can transport it to and from the training room.

If you are new to upholstery or wish to add to your existing skills the block of 5 days will give you the time to work on something more challenging. Perhaps you'd like to learn traditional or modern fluting techniques, reupholster or recover a tub chair or tackle an armchair, the choices are endless.

Upholstery supplies available to purchase for your project.

Master Upholsterer Sarah Wood is a full member of the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) and has been teaching upholstery and soft furnishings since 2012.

MODE UPHOLSTRY SCHOOL is an independent training facility offering professional and leisure courses in traditional & modern upholstery and soft furnishings since 2012.

All of our courses are limited to 5 students ensuring you receive a high level of individual attention and guidance. They run continually throughout the year giving you the flexibility to choose your start date.

If you're contemplating a change of career our Upholstery Business Course is a perfect fast track course designed specifically to provide comprehensive training for you to start a career within the upholstery sector. The course will provide you with an excellent level of practical skills and a understanding of the legal regulations and requirements of being a professional upholsterer. You do not need any previous experience to enrol on the business course.

We also run cushion making courses and traditional & modern lampshade workshops.

Please be aware there will be a certain amount of lifting your furniture onto work benches/trestles along with bending and periods of standing.

You will be learning in an environment with workshop tools. The student will agree to familiarise themselves with and follow all health and safety procedures and requirements in order to safeguard themselves and others around them and follow all instructions given by the course tutor and posted instructions in the training room.

Any recorded material taken during the course in any form must not be reproduced, copied or distributed in any form or on any medium to include social networking sites under any circumstances without the express written permission of Sarah Wood Upholstery.

If you need to cancel for any reason you can rebook or a full refund will be provided as long as you cancel within 2 weeks of your booked date.

MODE Upholstery School reserves the right to cancel a course in the event of any unforeseen circumstances or because minimum numbers have not been reached. In these circumstances an alternative date/s will be offered or a full refund given.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Please bring along your lunch. Tea, coffee & biscuits/cake available throughout the day.

Tools are provided along with protective eye wear and aprons, if you prefer to use your own tools feel free to bring them with you.


Sarah at MODE Upholstery School


Hollies Farm
5 Peterborough Road
Castor, Peterborough

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fathers Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Mothers Day
  • Parking provided
  • Qualification offered
  • Residential
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • UK Holiday
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


5 days (flexible times to suit)

Gold Badge
What does this mean?

This craft course provider has been awarded Gold status for receiving 10 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.

The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.

They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.


In-person course
Angela - - #33345

Sarah was great to work with. Every step was explained carefully and I feel I acquired plenty of knowledge to work on my own.
It was also lovely to meet new people after the resent lock down in an extremely friendly atmosphere.
Thoroughly enjoy and highly recommend particularly the afternoon cake.

In-person course
Mags - - #29308

Thank you, Thank you - Sarah you are an amazing teacher!!!

As you know I was a little nervous about taking my chair apart, the transformation is brilliant and so professional. My husband loves it and he’s the only one allowed to sit in it.

This is the second time I’ve booked a course with Sarah and I can’t recommend her classes enough. She explains the processes to suit your learning style. I’ve been on a number of courses, this is the only one where I’m leaving with the confidence to embark on a upholstery project at home. The training room is a great learning space equipped with everything you need.

Sarah provides refreshments throughout the day and a lovely lunch.

If you’re looking to learn upholstery, Sarah’s your girl!!!

In-person course
Sue - - #27680

I have just completed a 5 day upholstery course with Sarah. I was apprehensive as my skill level was non existent. However Sarah is an excellent teacher and soon builds up your skills and gives you the confidence to work on your chair.
Sarah is great at keeping you fuelled with biscuits, drinks and lunch. Her groups are friendly and small enough to learn and watch others completing many different projects. A great experience - thank you.

In-person course
Rhiannon Mahoney - - #19086

It is a pleasure to work alongside and learn from Sarah. She is extremely knowledgable and shares her skills and experiences of upholstery generously. Sarah’s calm and friendly disposition, combined with clear explanations, make her a fantastic teacher.

The, well equipped, workshop is both practical and comfortable - an ideal space for Sarah’s personalised small group tuition.

I initially booked a five week upholstery course intending to develop a new skill however, I enjoyed my time so much that I am now persuing a diploma.

I highly recommend Sarah and her well informed tuition.

In-person course
Steph - - #19070

I completed the 5 week course with Sarah and enjoyed it so much that I then began the diploma course.
Sarah is extremely knowledgeable and has excellent teaching skills.
Her lunches are lovely!
She really makes you feel at home,and I am thoroughly enjoying learning about the art of upholstery with Sarah.
I can thoroughly recommend her and her courses.

In-person course
Alison - - #14832

I chose to do a day course with Sarah as she is registered with the AMUSF and having recently completed the AMUSF Diploma myself, I recognised the level of proficiency required by Sarah to be accredited with them.

I went with the specific aim to practice traditional upholstery techniques and found her to be informative, attentive and highly professional.

I enjoyed the experience so much I then booked and completed a traditional lampshade making course with her and would not hesitate in attending another course.

Thanks so much.

In-person course
J Northen - - #14786

i cannot recommend Sarah & her courses highly enough. Sarah is a patient and nurturing teacher. I was very nervous as I had no knowledge of upholstery.

I was so pleased with the results and never thought I could produce a chair and footstool with such a professional finish.

Sarah’s knowledge and ability to instruct in a way you can understand is excellent. I’ve learnt so much and have booked my 3rd course in August.

Look forward to seeing you in the summer to make ‘coir clouds’, Jx

In-person course
Francesca - - #14617

After spending two days with Sarah on her traditional lampshade making course, I was inspired to learn the art of upholstery. I have completed a number of 5 week courses since July 2017. I feel that I am now ready to embark on a career in upholstery. I have loved my time at the farm in Sarah’s training room and her lunches are fabulous. I will be returning to Sarah for further expert tuition as my business progresses. Many thanks as always.

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