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What opportunities will this course give me?

There are so many reasons to start up a new hobby or skill. Personal development, entrepreneurial motivation, the desire to meet new people... the benefits are huge. That's why our Upholstery leisure course continues to be a popular choice for a huge range of individuals, year on year.

Armed with this valuable skill, you'll have the chance to create and reinvigorate products simply for the joy of craft or even to sell as part of a business. Many of our learners have gone on to create thriving upholstery side projects, taking their craft to markets, fairs and online stores.

This is a popular course, with many learners re-enrolling each term to deepen their skills further.

What will I be learning?

The Upholstery course will afford you the opportunity to: learn about the traditional tools and materials used in upholstery; prepare pieces of furniture for upholstering; learn and carry out the varying stages required to upholster or re-upholster an item.

Learners will gain the ability to restore a dilapidated item of furniture to its former condition.

This is a mixed ability class which aims to introduce learners to more advanced techniques through increasingly challenging projects.

Please note that the Upholstery course is run in a workshop environment, and due to the variety of different projects undertaken by learners, there is no formal whole class tuition. You will learn how to upholster your item of choice through tutor guidance, instruction and demonstration, sharing skills and ideas with others learners on the course.

A College Certificate will be awarded on request.

Why is this course for me?

To start things off, you can join the course with limited tools of your own. It means kick-starting your new hobby is pressure-free, with your tutor supplying all the necessary tools and equipment. As your learning and interest develops, you'll be guided on the best equipment to make up your own upholstery toolkit so that you can continue your projects on your own time.

You'll be part of a fun, welcoming and engaged community, all keen to build on their skills and try something new. It can open up new opportunities for learners.

How will my learning be enhanced?

The programme tutor has over 60 years of experience in the upholstery industry; he's one of the few remaining upholsterers who has been trained in the traditional methods of upholstery.

His portfolio boasts projects such as the Royal Yacht Britannia, warships, and The Hilton Hotel in Park Lane.

His experience and skill set is unparalleled, and he's passionate about sharing his knowledge with as many people as possible.

Why is Eastleigh College my best choice?

You'll be taught in a purpose built craft workshop set within one of our community bases. It's a stimulating environment designed to really push your creativity and get you in the zone.

What do I need to sign up?

No previous experience is required for this course, all beginners welcome.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Please bring the project you wish to work on; this needs to be small enough to transport to and from class (e.g. stool or drop in seat), to your first class. Some tools will be required although some are provided. Tools needed include a pin hammer (hammer with a small head), old wide bladed screwdriver, mallet, sharp pair of dressmaking scissors, tape measure and a pair of pinchers.

You must provide the materials required for your project, including upholstery fabric of your choice and any additional sundries, such as upholstery tacks, depending on the piece of work being renovated.

Suppliers include specialist upholstery shops based in Southampton, larger DIY stores, and online retailers.

Application Information

Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.

Course Code


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17/1/2022 - Apply Now


Wildern School

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19:00 – 21:00





24+: £177.00

20/9/2021 - Apply Now


Wildern School

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19:00 – 21:00





24+: £196.00

Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
L204B Wildern School 17/1/2022 Mon 19:00 – 21:00 9 £177.00 £177.00
L204A Wildern School 20/9/2021 Mon 19:00 – 21:00 10 £196.00 £196.00

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Need some further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any course costs and/or the funding options available to you, the College has a dedicated Adult and Community Learning team who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1270.

The Equality Act

The College wishes to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. If you are a disabled person, please ensure that we know what you need so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.

Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.