Stage 1:

This is a 210 hour course for students wishing to either start up in the upholstery industry or to become more proficient in their own skills. You will start to learn the traditional methods as well as some modern upholstery techniques. Exam pieces include a sprung dining chair and an upholstered and lined box as well as a written research project.​

This course will be starting on THURSDAY 14th SEPTEMBER 2023 and will run weekly over three blocks of 10 weeks.

Stage 2: 

Within the same number of hours (210) stage 2 offers students the chance to develop new skills, as well as perfect current ones, as extra exercises are added to this course. There is a good mix of modern and traditional upholstery as well as business planning to help you set up and start your own venture. Exam pieces include an arm-less chair and a post 1950’s armchair alongside a written project.

This course will be starting on WEDNESDAY 13th SEPTEMBER 2023 and will run weekly over three blocks of 10 weeks.

Stage 3: Diploma

The Diploma year course, also a commitment of 210 hours, has been established to lead on from stages 1 and 2 to culminate all skills, practices and knowledge. At this stage students are given the skills to: work more independently, work on larger and more complex pieces of furniture and also to enhance sewing skills which are nowadays needed more and more in modern upholstery methods. Exam pieces include a substantial traditional armchair and a modern chair with a concave inside back as well as a written project.

This course will be starting on FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2023 and will run weekly over three blocks of 10 weeks. 


Please get in touch should you have any questions about any of the above courses. We are always happy to talk things through. You are also welcome to visit us at the studio in advance - by prior appointment

More about our Accredited Courses...

These courses have been designed by the ‘Association of Master Upholsterers’(AMU), the trade body for upholsterers in the UK. AMU adjudicators mark student exam projects and work. Final marks, grades and certificates are also awarded by them. They regularly check and oversee the delivery of the courses ensuring students receive only the highest level of instruction.

We are an AMU ‘Approved Training Centre’ and teach accredited courses in stages 1, 2 and 3. You need no previous experience to come in at stage 1 or to do the combined course. Each stage requires approximately 210 hours commitment. Normally the courses are 1 day per week in 3 x 10 week blocks. Roughly following the academic terms.

Teaching days generally run from 9.30am – 4pm. Students are supplied with all tools and training pieces/frames etc. by the training centre. However chair frames and fabrics for exam pieces must be supplied by the student. We can of course help with this if required. 

Working along side other students you will start your practical work on exercise frames that have been devised to consolidate your learning and to give you a clear understanding of the different processes involved without incurring too many unnecessary costs. You will be given sound information on the legal requirements of the UK Fire Regulations, fabrics and their compositions and usage, stuffing heights and profiles.

Once you start working on your own individual projects you will benefit from learning by osmosis working along side others that may be working on different styles of chairs. The research projects will also give you a better understanding of the styles, periods and designers of the types of furniture that you may be faced with in the future.

Come and learn the time honoured skills in a relaxed environment within a converted 18th century Water mill. We are located in beautiful North East Fife surrounded by rolling countryside and a few hundred yards from a nature reserve.