Business Course in Traditional & Modern Upholstery (Taster Day)



Business Course in Traditional & Modern Upholstery Taster Day - 9.30am - 4.45pm

This course is designed specifically to offer 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 becoming a professional upholsterer.​

All classes are limited to a maximum of 4 students ensuring you have a high level of tuition.

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.

The course duration is a minimum 8 week/40 day course and runs from 9.30am-4.30pm and must be completed within a 12 month period. Classes run continually throughout the year giving you the flexibility to choose your start date and day/s you wish to book.

The tuition cost for the course is £2800.00 (if completed within 40 days) payable in
instalments throughout the course.

Before embarking on the course you are required to book a taster day giving you the opportunity to meet fellow students already studying the business course and to ensure MODE's style of teaching is a good fit for you.

Importantly you are required to work on actual projects rather than samples frames. This teaches you all aspects of the exercise and you will have projects for your portfolio of furniture to show future clients.

Traditional methods & materials - Dining chair/kitchen chair with a drop in seat pad
Modern methods & materials - Dining chair/kitchen chair with a drop in seat pad
Traditional methods & materials - Overstuffed seat (chair/footstool) without springs
Traditional methods & materials - Sprung seat (chair/footstool)
Modern methods & materials - Shallow buttoned exercise
Traditional methods & materials - Deep buttoned exercise
Modern methods & materials - Parker Knoll armchair
Traditional methods & materials - Traditional nursing chair
Traditional methods & materials- Traditional armchair (arm element)
Machine sew a seat box or T shaped cushion
Introduction to french polishing
Single & Double Piping & Hand made trimmings

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

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
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Qualification offered
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Tutor can travel
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


1 day (flexible times to suit)

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

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In-person course
Jess Cole - - #33478

I booked this course as I have always been interested in upholstery. I absolutely loved the day and came away feeling so inspired.
Before the course even started, Sarah was on hand to help and answer any queries I had. For my session there were only four of us so Sarah was able to provide constant help and advice throughout the day.
Sarah was so knowledgeable and experienced. No matter how simple my questions were, she never make me feel inadequate or silly! Sarah created a really relaxing environment which made me feel at ease while also learning a fabulous new skill.

I would highly recommend the taster session for anyone who is interested.

In-person course
Susannah Yorke - - #24980

A day spent in Sarah’s tranquil upholstery studio, is just the tonic to escape the pressures of todays fast living. To stop and learn a new skill, while having a bit of ‘me time’ is what I craved and this course delivers in spades. Sarah shares her extensive knowledge in a friendly, relaxed manner and imparts best practises and trade secrets that you won’t glean from a book. Her enthusiasm is contagious and you’ll soon find yourself browsing fabric sites and collecting chairs to practise your new skills. I highly recommend the diploma, along with the delicious lunches and encouraging cups of tea.

In-person course
Wendy - - #24062

Sarah's upholstery tuition is first class. She is welcoming, exceptionally knowledgeable and a pleasure to work alongside. Sarah is generous with her time and skills giving her students a superb blend of practical skill, confidence in their craftsmanship and career guidance.
Sarah's well equipped workshop is the perfect learning environment. She is a fantastic host providing lovely lunches and refreshments. All going to form a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere in which to learn, not just what is described in the course outline but so much more.
I have enjoyed my diploma course with Sarah enormously and cannot recommend her highly enough.

In-person course
Kay - - #19912

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Rhiannon Mahoney - - #19087

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 - - #19071

I am currently working towards the diploma in upholstery with Sarah (this is after having completed the 5 week course which I loved so much!).
Sarah is very knowledgeable and is more than happy to share her wealth of knowledge and skills with you. Her way of teaching is very practical and thoroughly enjoyable.
She has also helped me find some furniture pieces,tools, materials and given me fabric ideas.
The small student numbers also means that you get help and advice when needed throughout the day.
A wonderful lady with excellent skills and courses, I can't recommend Sarah and her courses enough.

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