Evening Business Course in Modern Upholstery
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Evening Business Course in Modern Upholstery



Times: 6.30-9.30
Duration: 39 evenings
Cost: £2500 divided into deposit of £565 and then 9 monthly payments of £215


This course is now fully booked for 2020. If you would like to go on the list to pre-book a place for 2021, then please email us on enquries@ministryofupholstery.co.uk or call us on 0161 222 4243. We will be opening bookings for this course in August 2020.

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Times: 6.30-9.30
Duration: 39 evenings
Cost: £2500 divided into deposit of £565 and then 9 monthly payments of £215

Want to start a new career in upholstery? Then why not study with the UK’s leading modern upholstery school.

We have designed our unique evening version of our Business Course in Modern Upholstery for those who want to learn the comprehensive skills required to be able to go on and start a business. Our course is taught at our fully equipped Manchester workshop and is carefully structured to ensure that you will cover all the key skills needed to go on and tackle a range of complex upholstery projects.

This course takes the student through a set programme of practical work, starting with a basic drop in seat dining pad and progressing all the way through to a large wingback chair. Ministry of Upholstery is a modern upholstery school, so you will be coached through all modern upholstery skills required to complete a large range of projects. Although the majority of the course focuses on modern upholstery methods, we also understand the importance of traditional upholstery and so to ensure that you cover all main techniques, you will complete one of our cocktail chairs using mainly traditional methods.

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to build up a photographic and video portfolio of your work, which will document the techniques used and skills gained. This record will provide an invaluable reference tool to enable you to go on to independent work. To this end we provide an online student portal, where you can access all of our course information and where you can store all of your photos. You will also take part in a range of classroom sessions covering the following less hands-on side of running an upholstery business:

  • Fire Regulations
  • Workshop set up at home and introduction to compressors
  • Fabric Knowledge
  • Job Costing
  • Fabric Measuring
  • Starting a business
  • Plus more (to be held on alternative evenings throughout the year)

We work to a set programme to ensure that you complete all key skills within our skills matrix, which has been carefully constructed.  Throughout your course, you will complete the following practical projects, all of which are included in your course:

Module 1Drop in seat dining pad – all materials included
Module 2Small shallow buttoned footstool – frame and materials supplied, you must supply fabric
Module 3Deep buttoned footstool – frame and materials supplied, you must supply fabric
Module 4Skills Chair – Wingback chair focusing on cap on arm, scroll arm, pattern matching and box seat cushion – frame and materials supplied, you must supply fabric
Module 5Cocktail chair using traditional methods – frame and materials supplied, you must supply fabric


These frames are all included in the cost and are brand new frames made by our expert frame-makers. Everything you require to upholster these jobs is also included in the cost of the course. You will only need to supply the fabric and any fire retardant interliner, should you require it. The pieces that you make are all yours to keep.

Techniques and skills covered

  • Full health & safety induction and introduction to tools and materials
  • Sewing machine induction
  • Shallow buttoning
  • Deep buttoning
  • Facings
  • Borders
  • Cutting and applying foam
  • Box cushion
  • Pattern matching
  • Costing jobs
  • Pleating
  • Tool selection
  • Piping
  • Arms
  • Seats
  • Applying ply grip
  • Applying backtack strip
  • Slip stitching
  • Setting up trade accounts with fabric houses
  • Fire regulations
  • Close nail studding
  • Sprung seats
  • Sewing
  • Webbing
  • Cutting
  • Measuring fabric and fabric guide
  • Use of machinery
  • Workshop set up advice
  • Information about setting up in business

We appreciate that this course is a large amount of money to pay in one go so we have devised a payment scheme that allows you to pay for it in smaller, more manageable instalments. Upon booking, which you can do online, you are required to pay a deposit of £565. You will then be invoiced every month from January to September for £215/ month.

Additional Information


Commencing Tuesday 7th January, Commencing Thursday 9th January


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