Upholstery for All

Location St. Augustine's Community Hall

Day Tuesday

Start Date 24 April 2018

Time 12.45pm-2.45pm

Weeks 9 weeks

Price £95 (£62 concession)

Address: St. Augustines Church, Community Hall  Richmond Road, Cambridge CB4 3PS (please contact the main administration office with any booking or query details)

Brief Description

This is a practical course for both beginners and advanced learners to reupholster a piece of furniture from a dining chair or stool or armchair to a headboard. In this course you will learn both traditional and modern upholstery techniques. You will start on a drop in seat, simple chair or stool and progress to more complex projects.


Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?

No previous experience required. Contact tutor for suitability – honghtan@yahoo.co.uk

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the 10 week course participants will be able to:
• Learn and use the basic principles of reupholstering
• Learn to use correctly different tools and materials of upholstery
• Treat and make good show wood
• Measure and estimate amount of top fabric needed for the project
• Strip and re-upholster correctly a drop-in dining chair, pin-cushion chair, a basic stool, a sprung stuff chair
• Complete a basic chair and progress to a more complicated chair, such as a nursing chair, cocktail chair.

About Your Tutor:

Hong Tan is an experienced tutor who for the last 18 years has been teaching upholstery, cabinet making and craft related subjects including jewellery and cookery, from City & Guilds accredited courses to community education. She also takes private commissions in her spare time. Contact tutor for suitability – honghtan@yahoo.co.uk

Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment

Cost will depend on materials necessary for each individual project.
1) A basic set of tools such a tack lifter, wooden mallet, magnetic head hammer, pliers, measuring tape, notebook and pen
2) A regulator, double pointed needles and curved needles of various sizes (can be purchased from tutor
3) Upholstery materials such as foam, coir, tacks, waddings (can be purchased from tutor).
4) Book: Upholstery by Malcolm Hopkins. ISBN: 978-1-5048-0002-0 (Approx. £13 from new

For the first session you will need to bring:

For the first session you will need to bring in your project – a chair, measuring tape, note book and pen

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

Progress to more advanced upholstery techniques
Discuss with your tutor how you want to advance your skill
The Learn and Train office is able to give course information or search for alternative courses for you.


  • For full course information: http://adult-education.parksidefederation.org.uk/
  • We are able to accept bookings over the phone, please have your credit/debit card to hand.
  • Places on any courses are only secure upon receipt of the FULL payment.
  • Loyal Learners receive 5% discount towards the cost of any course in the 2017/18 academic year, to qualify for the discount full payment must be received before the enrolment deadline. For full terms and conditions contact the office.
  • Postal enrolments with fees are welcome (please DO NOT send cash), make cheques payable to Parkside Federation Academies.
  • Enrolments via email MUST NOT contain card payment details.
  • Enrolments are welcome throughout the year.
  • Courses with fewer than the relevant number of learners may have the option of continuing on payment of supplementary fees or the length of the course reducing.
  • Upon enrolment you will receive learner information about college support and signposts to policies and regulations. If you do not have an email address please pick up a copy of the terms and conditions from the Adult Learn & Train office.


  • Fees are payable in full when you enrol. We accept all major debit and *credit cards (*we do not accept American Express), cheques (made payable to Parkside Federation Academies), or cash (in person).
  • Please note should you choose to withdraw from the course you will still be liable to pay any outstanding instalments.
  • Refunds will only be paid in full when a class is closed at the discretion of the College, or if you cancel your enrolment at least two weeks before the course starts. If you decide to cancel less than two weeks before the course starts you will receive a 50% refund. Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund if a course has already started.
  • Concessionary fees are available if you: are in receipt of the “Guaranteed Credit” element of the Pension Credit / have an income equivalent to the Government low income threshold, are in receipt of a means tested benefit or who are unemployed. Proof must be shown at enrolment, otherwise the full fee will be charged.

Learner Information:

  • If you have supplied your email address, you will receive a confirmation email following your enrolment. If you have not received this, please contact the Adult Learn & Train team on 01223 712340 or learnandtrain@parksidefederation.org.uk. If the course is cancelled, we will contact you to offer an alternative or a full refund.
  • Free Parking is available in the evening at all centres on a first come first serve basis. During the day spaces are extremely limited in the car park – street parking is available a short walk away. If you require accessible parking please contact the centre concerned to reserve a space.
  • All college premises are strictly NO SMOKING sites, any learners wishing to smoke are asked to do so away from the immediate vicinity of the college.
  • In the event of severe weather conditions that result in school closure: please check the website or tune into local radio for up-to-date information.

Some courses are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency

Equalities and Diversity Statement: We are fully committed to equality of opportunity and welcome enrolments from everyone.

We positively encourage all learners with any concerns about specific needs which might affect their learning to discuss their requirements with us in confidence. We believe that everyone is entitled to learn in an environment that is free from discriminatory behaviour so that we build a community based on mutual trust and respect.

We will ensure that resources and equipment are accessible to all and make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all learners can access activities.

Safeguarding Statement: Arrangements have been made to make sure that you are safe in this centre. If you feel you are not safe for any reason, for example through verbal or physical abuse or you have been discriminated against, please tell your tutor or the centre manager, who will investigate to ensure your safety.

Adult Learn and Train reserve the right to withdraw tuition and exam entries in the event of verbal, physical or intimidating behaviour to other learners, tutor or staff.

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