Tresithick Upholstery and Restoration

Traditional Upholstery Courses

Accredited Courses -  Upholstery Diploma

The Diploma is studied at 3 separate stages. This factsheet concentrates on Stage 1 as this is the most common entry level for those wishing to learn the craft. Please contact us for information regarding Stages 2 & 3.

Stage 1 Course Aims

The introductory Craft Certificate – Stage 1 is a natural stepping stone to the Intermediate Craft Skills - Stage 2 course. The Intermediate Craft Skills course covers further techniques of a more advanced nature. The Diploma - Stage 3 furnishes the student with the necessary skills and knowledge with which to consider either entering the industry or starting their own business.. 

At each level the course is designed to show progression and to consolidate the practical techniques learnt.. 

Stage 1 Course Particulars

Course Length.  A minimum of 210 hrs training to be completed within 12 months.

The course is designed to be flexible so as to allow the student to complete the syllabus within a timeframe, and at a pace that suits them. Given the intensity of the course, it is advisable to avoid, in effect, doing a full-time, 6-week course without any breaks.

Course Cost.  £2410 and AMUSF Registration Fee of £60:00 (paid directly to AMUSF).Upholstery materials are not included in the above course fees, but are charged for according to use during the course.

Stage 1 Course Syllabus

  • Traditionally sprung, stuffed and stitched chair
  • Upholstered and lined box with decorative detail and deep-buttoned lid
  • Mandatory project – written project on Fabric Characteristics, Identification & Appropriate Usage
  • Upholstery of a Drop-in Seat using traditional methods and material
  • Upholstery of a Drop -in Seat using modern materials
  • Upholstery of a Stitched and Stuffed Chair or footstool (traditional)
  • Upholstery of a Sprung Arm – exercise frame (traditional)
  • Bolster End with piping
  • Boxed Cushion cover with zips


A variety of skills are addressed on the course, and will be acquired directly through the experience of working on each piece of furniture. During the course the student is required to compile a portfolio in support of their practical work and this may include the following:

  • Sketching, colour coordination and scale drawings.
  • A detailed list of materials used and costings for each item of furniture.
  • A description of the processes involved including references to the use of tools, handling of materials, and health and safety awareness.
  • Photographic evidence  - pictures should be taken at every stage of the project to create a detailed photographic record of work involved from start to finish.
  • A written description of each process.
  • Cutting, Pattern Matching and Finishing of Fabrics
  • Evidence, as appropriate, of machine sewing, pattern matching, colour coordination and finishing.

Your Portfolio will become an excellent source of reference as you continue with your upholstery following the course.

We hope this factsheet gives you a reasonable insight into what the Craft Certificate course involves, but please feel free to call us for more information or to discuss the courses in more detail.

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