Date: Tuesday evenings  

Venue: Bristol Upholstery Collective , 186 Wells Road BS42AL

Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Level: Beginner

Ideal Project: Sprung Dining Chair

Tutor: Leigh-Anne Treadwell - BUC Creative Upholsterer

Tool hire included.


Upholstery materials are supplied at student discount rate.

Bring along your 'level appropriate' project and top fabric of choice.

Please download the Leisure Course Information Pack detailing very thing you need to know in preparation for your enjoyable upholstery learning experience.


Beginners Upholstery Tuesday 1st November 2022 - 6 week term block

  • Evening classes are a wonderful chance to really enjoy learning traditional upholstery techniques in a mixed class where all students work on different items of furniture. You'll benefit from seeing a variety of works be completed alongside your own project.


    The beauty of a weekly class is the available time to complete homework if you wish to really make the most of tuition during the lesson - you can achieve so much more!


    Beginners are advised to start with a small project in preparation to take on more ambitious projects, attending an additional term, once familiarised with the traditional tools and materials.


    Preparation: Upon booking, please email a photo of your intended project.

    Please specify if your chair needs Recovering or Reupholstering.

    You will be advised any preparation necessary.


    Recovering = Taking the top fabric off and replacing with new - the structure of the seat is in tact and strong enough to last another 30 years of usage.

    Reupholstering = In need of ripping all layers off to bare frame, and rebuilding - uncomfortable to sit on, saggy, wobbly joints, springs falling through the base etc. Prepare to spend twice as long completing the fascinating upholstery rebuild process.


    Your individual project plan will be discussed with your tutor on your first session whilst assessing the restoration details of your furniture item.


    Travel & Storage: Please be prepared to travel with your chair, to and from class each week. We have many students and not enough space to store their chairs. If this is an issue for you, we recommend you attend a Weekend Chair Workshop and arrange drop off and pick up.


    If your chair is more ‘advanced’, please book onto a beginners workshop with an easier project as an introduction, then join us for another term to attempt your project.

    This way you’ll have the confidence to cut into your fabric and enjoy the learning process a whole lot more! It can be nerve wracking going straight in with an advanced recover, having spent a chunk of money on 6 metres of fabric!


    Take our advice - enjoy the process!