Bespoke Business Course (Taster Day)



Bespoke Business Course - 9.30am-4.45pm
(Days to suit you)

Are you looking to start a business specialising in perhaps headboards, footstools or mid-century upholstery?​

The first step is to understand your business idea, we will then work with you to put together a tailored course to suit your new venture. ​

As with the Business Course in Traditional & Modern Upholstery, before embarking on the course you are required to book a taster day giving you the opportunity to meet fellow students already studying one of the courses and ensure MODE's style of teaching is a good fit for you.

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.

​Your course will include the following elements:

Health & Safety in the workplace
UK's furniture & Furnishings (Fire)(Safety) Regulations 1988 relating to domestic furniture and furnishings
Martindale abrasion test.
Correct use of tools and equipment, hand & mechanical tools
Upholstery Fillings & Materials
Cutting Plans & Pattern Matching
Understanding frame repairs

Student Portfolio
For the duration of the course each student is required to compile a record of their practical and theory work to include:
Health & Safety awareness
Description of processes
Sketches & or photographs of processes
Materials used for each process and suitability
Tools used for each process and suitability
Basic design, cutting plans and fabric calculations

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

Upholstery supplies are charged for on an as used basis.

There's secure parking at MODE and the training room is on the ground floor.

Terms and Conditions
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.

Upholstery supplies available to purchase for your projects.

There's secure parking at the farm and everything is on the ground floor so no stairs to negotiate.


Sarah at MODE Upholstery School


Hollies Farm
5 Peterborough Road
Castor, Peterborough

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Christmas
  • Easter
  • Fathers Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Mothers Day
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Qualification offered
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Tutor can travel
  • UK Holiday
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


1 day (flexible times to suit)

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