Diploma Course in Traditional & Modern Upholstery



Course runs continuously throughout the year providing a flexible start date to fit around you


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



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)


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





                                 Telephone - 01733 380107 / 07500 316238                        Email - sarah@sarahwoodupholstery.co.uk

Sarah Wood Upholstery 2017