Evening Business Foundation Certificate
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Evening Business Foundation Certificate



Times: 6.00-9.00 one evening per week (see dates below)
Duration: 25 evenings
Cost: £1395, deposit of £395 payable upon booking followed by four equal payments of £250

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Times: 6.00-9.00 one evening per week (see dates below)
Duration: 25 evenings
Cost: £1395, deposit of £395 payable upon booking followed by four equal payments of £250

Are you inspired by fabric, pattern and design?

Do you want a full or part time career involving upholstery?

Do you want to focus your skillset to suit smaller, designer-led, accent pieces of furniture?

Do you want to attend a course, which has the flexibility to fit around other work or family commitments?

Why study with Ministry of Upholstery?

At Ministry of Upholstery, we don’t just teach modern upholstery. We are at the forefront of innovation when it comes to upholstery design and we encourage all our students to access and nurture their own sense of creativity, whilst teaching all the technical and practical skills required to translate those ideas into reality.

Why choose the Business Foundation Certificate?

Our Business Foundation Certificate course has been designed as a completely accessible and flexible entry into the world of upholstery. It has been carefully constructed to allow you to create a highly successful full or part-time business in a relatively short period of time, by focusing on a smaller core set of products. These items can be bold, on-trend and more flamboyant and allow you to choose brighter, patterned fabrics. The beauty of this course is:

  • The projects are small, so a kitchen table can provide sufficient working space.
  • The focus is on a core set of skills, which will be mastered during this course and refined quickly through repetition.
  • These skills can be easily transferred from one project to another. For example: deep buttoning can be transferred from a footstool to a headboard and vice versa.
  • You will reduce your set-up costs by concentrating your efforts around a smaller set of products and…
  • In turn, this will maximise your profits.

Course Outline

This evening version of our unique course is taught at our fully equipped, state of the art Manchester workshop and has been carefully structured so that you will cover a concise range of skills concentrated around select pieces of upholstery. The skills are transferable so the range of projects which can tackled after this course are vast.

Designed for absolute beginners or those wishing to turn their hobby into a business, this course takes the student through a structured programme of practical work including a dining chair pad, modern style footstool, deep buttoned footstool, headboard and a cocktail chair. To support the practical skills, we also offer a range of theory sessions, which can be attended via live Zoom sessions or accessed as recordings.

The Practical Side

Evening one will be your induction to the rest of the course and will consist of a health and safety induction and introduction to the pneumatic staple gun. Once you are up to speed and feel confident, you will be provided with a drop-in dining seat pad frame and our expert upholstery teacher will guide you step-by-step through each process until you complete the task. With this basic introduction under your belt, you will move onto our contemporary stool, expanding on the basic prepping skills and introducing you to piping, borders and other modern upholstery materials. After this you will complete a sleek modern bordered headboard with loads of transferable skills. Next up is a deep buttoned footstool. This is a meaty module, covering loads of skills. We have also incorporated Van Dyking into this module; the method of joining two pieces of fabric together, hidden in the pleats of deep buttoning. It allows you to work on bigger items and keep the pile or pattern running the correct way. The must-have technique in any upholsterer’s toolbox; think headboards and bench seating. Then finally it’s our gorgeous statement cocktail chair, which combines the best of modern and traditional techniques and yet another transferable skill for your arsenal.

Ministry of Upholstery is a modern upholstery school, so you will be coached in modern upholstery skills and using modern upholstery materials. This makes for a course which is more accessible, the skills are easier to master and therefore you can be up and running with your new business in no time. 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 at home.

Course Content at a glance

Module 1Drop in seat – all materials included
Module 2Small Contemporary Stool – frame and materials supplied; you must supply fabric
Module 3Single (90cm x 90cm) headboard with a border – frame and materials supplied; you must supply fabric
Module 4Deep Buttoned Footstool with van dyking – frame and materials supplied; you must supply fabric
Module 5Cocktail Chair – frame and materials supplied; you must supply fabric


Practical Techniques

  • Full health & safety induction and introduction to tools and materials
  • Sewing machine induction
  • Shallow buttoning
  • Deep buttoning
  • Square buttoning
  • Borders
  • Cutting and applying foam
  • Fluting
  • Pleating
  • Tool selection
  • Piping with and without sewing
  • Applying ply grip
  • Applying backtack strip
  • Close nail studding
  • Sewing
  • Webbing
  • Prepping
  • Use of machinery
  • Van dyking
  • Creating a sprung seat
  • Creating mitred edges

Theory Sessions

In addition to the practical side of the course we have also selected some core theory sessions, designed to give you the knowledge to maximise your new business.

  • Fire Regulations
  • Workshop set up at home and introduction to compressors and tools
  • Fabric Knowledge
  • Job Costing
  • Fabric Measuring
  • Setting up a business
  • Deep buttoning
  • Plus more

These theory sessions can be attended live via Zoom or accessed as recordings at a time convenient for yourself.

What’s Included?

All frames are 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. If you sell these, you can expect to recoup over £1000! We also sell kits for all products, so once your friends and family start to ask you to make for them, you can hit the ground running and start your business! If you don’t have the tools and space to get you going, don’t worry, we have 3 equipped self-contained workshops (or Pods), which we rent out on day rates to students. It’s as simple as:

Learn the skills          Buy the Kit            Rent the Pod or use your own space           Make the product          Start the business!

What is the Ministry Certificate?

Established in 2014, Ministry of Upholstery are now world-renowned as the go-to place for learning the craftmanship of modern upholstery. Upon completion of this course, you will be awarded the Ministry of Upholstery Foundation Certificate. We will provide both a virtual and physical certificate, which you can display on your social media and website to show people that you have trained with the leading modern upholstery school in the UK.

Availability and Booking
The course is being offered as an evening course and will run between 6.00pm and 9.00pm over 25 evenings are follows:

  • 7th September 2022
  • 14th September 2022
  • 21st September 2022
  • 28th September 2022
  • 5th October 2022
  • 12th October 2022
  • 19th October 2022
  • 2nd November 2022
  • 9th November 2022
  • 16th November 2022
  • 23rd November 2022
  • 30th November 2022
  • 7th December 2022
  • 14th December 2022
  • 11th January 2023
  • 18th January 2023
  • 25th January 2023
  • 1st February 2023
  • 8th February 2023
  • 15th February 2023
  • 1st March 2023
  • 8th March 2023
  • 15th March 2023
  • 22nd March 2023
  • 29th March 2023

Places are limited to 8.

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 five smaller, more manageable instalments.

Upon booking, you are required to pay the first instalment of £395. The remaining £1000 will then be split into four payments of £250 and you will be invoiced for these on the 1st of August, 1st of September, 1st October and 1st of November.
When you sign up to this course you commit to attend every week. Any missed weeks cannot be made up on any other evening though additional time can be bought in the daytime, should it be required.

Additional Information


Week commencing 4th Jan, Week commencing 18th Jan, Week commencing 15th Feb, Week commencing 22nd Feb, Week commencing 29th Feb, Week commencing 21st March, Week commencing 28th March


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