Storage crate upholstery workshop - 1 Day Workshop

Finished creations at the end of May 2021 workshop


Join us at Semper Hopkins Upholstery and Interiors in our idyllic converted Chapel workshop in the Cheshire countryside where you will be taught by business owner Emma.

Walk away with a small piece of furniture, handmade by you which you get to take home at the end of the day. An item to treasure forever and a reminder of the joy that we can bring into our lives when we tap into our fun and creative side again.

This is a one day workshop designed to give you an introduction to the craft. You will learn about the tools and materials needed for upholstery. The workshops are perfect if you want a taster into the world of upholstery.

You will be taught how to make one of our stylish footstool storage crates. They are a multi-functional storage solution which can also be used as a seat. Our crates not only offer practical storage but are a perfect gift that can be cherished for years to come. Its uses are endless including toy storage, shoe storage, footstool, storage for dogs toys, log storage, hobby box, an occasional seat, the list is endless.

You could make the crate for yourself or buy it as an experience day for a creative loved one.

The workshop is held at our beautiful workshop, a converted Chapel in Scholar Green, a peaceful setting in the Cheshire countryside. The course will start at 9am.

The safety of our clients and staff are of upmost importance at all times. Our COVID-19 safety features are detailed below to allow for your wellbeing and creativity to co-exist.

*Each workshop kept to a maximum of six attendees.
*Pre-booked sessions only
*Masks / Face Visors to be worn protecting both staff and guests
*A large open workspace with social distance measures in place
*Protective screens between split work spaces
*Hand sanitisers situated throughout all areas
*Each attendee is provided with their own tools
*Shared hand held tools are cleaned between use.
*Track and Trace

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Each crate is made using a reclaimed apple crate which is hand-sanded and prepared for you to use before the workshop. You will learn to apply a coat of wax and polish for a smooth finish. The approx. finished size of the crate with its seat is 38cm high x 50cm wide x 40cm deep.

You will learn to make an upholstered seat. You will be taught techniques like applying foam, stapling foam, wadding, measuring and cutting fabric, stapling, cutting corners, making and applying buttons. We keep the class size to no more than six people so you will get lots out of the day. We supply you with all the tools & materials for the course, you just need to bring 1m of your own fabric suitable for upholstery use. If you need any help with this get in touch. Or you can buy fabric from us.

Hot refreshments are included throughout the day. You will need to bring your own lunch.

Book your course by selecting 'See available dates' button or press 'Chat with the Maker' if you have any queries in advance of booking.


Emma Semper Hopkins at Semper Hopkins Interiors


Cinderhill Lane
Scholar Green

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
  • Hen dos
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday


1 day (9:00am to 4:30pm)

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In-person course
Douglas - - #32999

Really enjoyed the course. Emma was very kind and an excellent teacher. Learned a-lot of useful skills for upholstery which I will be able to use for a home up-cycling.

Response from Semper Hopkins Interiors:

Hi Jill It was so nice to meet you on Friday. I hope your husband loved the map fabric on your storage crate. Well done for making a lovely piece. It was a pleasure to have you at the workshop thank you for leaving us a 5* review. Emma

In-person course
Pauline Bailey - - #32591

Having seen the wonderful craftsmanship of Emma and her dad I was really keen to 'have a go' and learn a new skills from such talented people. The day did not disappoint in any way. From the preparation and help to choose my fabric, to the clear support and guidance during the day; everything was fantastic AND I got the take home a wonderful, useful piece of furniture. I highly recommend this course and am even thinking of doing it again so I have another one for my next grandchild (Emma made one for my granddaughter)

Response from Semper Hopkins Interiors:

Thank you for the kind words Pauline. It was amazing to have you on the workshop. You had a natural gift for it and took to the craft brilliantly. You especially set yourself a challenge when you chose a patterned check fabric, keeping the right tension so the the lines remained straight. Your creation turned out brilliantly. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

In-person course
Lee-Sara - - #32587

As somebody who sits behind a desk all week, the only creativity I get is using spreadsheets! So the day I spent in the beautiful workshop with Emma was awesome - then I got to take home my gorgeous crate too! Highly recommend!

Response from Semper Hopkins Interiors:

It was a pleasure to have you Lee-Sara. It was such a fab day seeing the buzz you got from learning the new skills and making your own piece of furniture. I am pleased to see it has been useful storage for all of your university books and files.

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