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Diploma in traditional & modern upholstery (flexible start dates)

Upholstery Diploma - Traditional Upholstery

Duration: 8 weeks

Price: £2800

Book with: Sarah
at Sarah Wood Upholstery & Lampshades

Hollies Farm
5 Peterborough Road
Castor, Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE5 7AX
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About the Course

The Diploma is designed 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 being a professional upholsterer.​

All classes are limited to a maximum of 4 students ensuring you have a high level of tuition and minimal waiting time for guidance.

The diploma 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.

​Course Content

Practical
Traditional methods & materials - Drop in seat pad **(frame provided)
Modern methods & materials - Drop in seat pad (**frame provided)
Traditional methods & materials - Overstuffed & Stitched seat without springs (**frame provided)
Traditional methods & materials - Sprung dining chair
Modern methods & materials - Deep buttoned footstool
Traditional methods & materials- Scroll arm (frame provided)
Modern methods & materials - Parker Knoll armchair
Traditional methods & materials - Nursing chair without arms
Machine sew a zipped, piped box or T shaped cushion
French Polish show wood
Single & Double Piping & Hand made trimmings
(**If you prefer, you may work on a project chair in place of the supplied frames)

​Theory
Health & Safety - working with tools & equipment 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 - appropriate use of
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 & photographs of processes
Materials used for each process and suitability
Tools used for each process and suitability
Basic design, cutting plans and fabric calculations

Course fees & Payment Schedule
​Cost £2800
A non-returnable deposit of £350.00 is required at the time of booking.(fee for week 1)
Additional payments of £700.00 will be payable in advance for the next 10 days of the course (weeks 2/3, 4/5 6/7)
Final payment of £350 in advance for week 8

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Full use of all tools, upholstery materials are charged on a as used basis at discounted rates.

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



Want to review this course?

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.

- - #24980

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.

- - #24062

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- - #19912

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.

- - #19087

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.

- - #19071

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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


  • Accessible by public transport
  • Disabled access
  • Long term / weekly / monthly
  • Qualification offered
  • Suitable for beginners

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