I had a great weekend on the course,such a friendly community atmosphere .It was challenging fun and Garry takes a real interest in everyone s project and is an upholstery master! " Deborah

Covid 19 update

An update, following the UK guidance regarding covid 19 the upholstery courses are up and running again from 9th March.

The courses are scheduled as before and are weekly throughout the year.

Weekend courses are held once a month. 

20hrs courses are suspended until futher notice this is due to the difficulty of social distancing whilst other groups are running.




Keep calm andupholster..


Our Courses

And Upholster provides step by step tutoring on how to restore upholstered furniture to its former glory while gaining skills relating to furniture repair.  Andupholsrer's philosophy is to reutilise and upcycle all pieces of furniture.  Courses are open to all members of the public irrespective of your current skills and abilities as these will be developed over time.  The skills you will aquire are traditional upholstery techniques which enables the participants to move on with ease to modern techniques.  You will learn furniture restoration techniques guided by our qualified tutor, holder of a TDLB D32 and D33 qualification who has more than 40 years experience in this area  including 19 years teaching.

COURSES ARE RUN THROUGHOUT THE YEAR in our well equipped workshop in the Jewelry Quarter in th centre of Birmingham.  Tools are provided along with tea and coffee and are of 3 hours in duration. Some materials are included in the cost of the course.  We also have the facilities to store your project. We have a selection of armchairs for sale, French antique armchairs, "art nouveau" chairs and more, all to be found on the best buy page http://www.andupholster.co.uk/415121773 

Courses currently run on the following days:-

Monday afternoon from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm

Tuesday morning from 10.00 am to 13.00pm

Tuesday evening from 5.30 to 8.30 pm

Saturday morning from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm

All course prices are listed on the "How to book" page

These run every week of the year.
 THERE IS A WEEKEND COURSE ONCE A MONTH (of 12 hours) once a month and dates are announced in advance with the next date   (due to smmer break and commonwealth games) the next weekend dates are 10th /11th September, 15th/16th October, 19th/20th November.

On your masks., get set, GO....

A recently completed project by Amanda
A vintage cocktail chair with fluted back traditionally upholstered.

The re-launch our workshops ensure that we are complying with guidance and ensuring social distancing measures are maintained.  Some of the changes we have made are, all workstations are a minimum of 2 metres apart, all hand tools are being sterilised after each course, the tea/coffe station is closed and participants are asked to bring their own.  There are two hand washing areas available and paricipants are wearing their own masks.  When there is good weather, some people are able to work outside.  If you have any concerns please contact Garry on 07938 501186.


Recent feedback received from one participant stated:-


I just wanted to say thank you for today. Have soaked aching limbs in the bath and shown off the day’s achievements to my husband just home from work. Looking forward to next Sunday! 

The only COVID feedback I’d give you is to sort liquid soap and paper towels for the toilet facilities. Otherwise the spacing of people and ventilation meant I felt perfectly safe. 


Success Story

Bravo to Teri for her patience after having achieved to a very high standard the traditional upholstery of an antique armchair circa.1890.  As a result of her efforts, Teri has been awarded a Certificate of Comptency.  Congratulations Teri!! 

Concern for the Planet

AndUpholster prides itself on its ecological footprint.  We continuously utilise sustainable products whilst recycling and upcycling projects that are worked on in our workshop.  Traditional upholstery is, in the main, about utilising natural products.  Come and visit our workshop to witness our ethical credentials.

Gift Vouchers

We are now offering gift vouchers which can be redeemed against any of the courses found on our website.  These start at £10 but can be purchased for any greater amount.  So why not assist someone make their dreams come true by giving them a gift to set them on their way.

Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase and should be submitted along with an enrollment form clearly indicating which course is to be undertaken.  Please send an email via our contact page to request an enrollment form.

20 hours of pure creativity

This participant achieved fantastic results during her attendance at the most recent 20 hour course and to see more photographs of other participants work, have a look at our photo album page.  The photograph is showing a Victorian Iron Frame, traditionally upholstered deep-buttoned armchair using only eco friendly stuffing. (Coir Fibre)

Certificate of competency

This particpant has reupholstered this pair of 'art deco' armchairs to a very high standard using traditional methods, a complex spring system involving 'individually pocketed springs' and other intricate upholstery techniques have been executed gaining the particpant a certificate of competency .  There are other photos of this project on the course photo page.


excellent upholstering!!

The start of a project on our weekend workshop.

The next stage.

.....and the next

almost there!!!

Weekend Workshops

And Upholster also organises specific workshops relating to topical crafts.  For example The Big Bed Head Weekend, more dates will be announced in the near future.  Another of our themed workshops is Lampshade Making and also a Fitted Loose Cover Workshop.  We do invite guest tutors on a regular basis who stage sessions in their art to include stained glass, interior design and patchwork.

Reactualisation (upcycling)

And Upholster has a spciality of recycling throw aways, items which most people would discard.  We reinvent the discarded two seater sofa into a luxurious chaise longue.


The discarded two seater could be redisigned to look like this impression.

Fab Foam Frenzy -

Join us in our workshop and discover modern foam upholstery techniques.

The aim is that at the end of the 12 hour weekend course your project will be finished or well on its way.  Included in the cost for the weekend is all materials except the foam required for your project.

The cost for the course is £200 which includes lunch on both days.

Please do not hesitate to call Garry for information and to reserve your space on 07938501186, numbers are limited to 5 participants per course.