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We are a multi-award winning upholstery training centre

At the Skills Centre you learn to upholster with tutors who are masters of their trade.

Students enjoy excellent tutor to student ratios with at least one tutor for every six students. We offer flexible training patterns and a friendly & professional learning environment. Our courses will suit you if you are looking to re-train and pursue a new career, wanting to gain a professional upholstery qualification or would like to learn upholstery as a hobby.

Designers and businesses across the UK also come to the Upholstery Skills Centre for specialist tutoring and advice.

June 17, 2020

1930s Queen Mary Ocean Liner Project

Inspired by a photo seen on a visit to the Warner Textile Archive, students at the Upholstery Skills Centre have brought back to life a 1930s chair from on board the Queen Mary Ocean Liner. With just a couple of old photos to work from, they have made and French polished the frame, designed the fabric, traditionally upholstered the chair and filmed the whole process.
The standard of design and handiwork of the students was absolutely amazing.
The Upholstery Skills Centre does such an incredible job in training people in the fine skills of upholstery.

Dame Eleanor Laing, MP for Epping Forest and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons

  • Charlotte
    I really loved my time at the Upholstery Skills Centre. The tutors are highly experienced and knowledgeable. The flexible training patterns made the course experience straightforward & relaxed.
  • Alix
    I can't recommend the centre and tutors enough. The Centre is well equipped with everything you need to learn upholstery.
  • Miriam
    The tutors are very professional and friendly. I learnt a lot in a short space of time. I really highly recommend Upholstery Skills Centre.
  • Catherine
    The Upholstery Skills Centre went out of their way to provide flexible training options, allowing me to qualify by fitting the course around my other commitments.
  • Sally
    Thank you everyone at the Upholstery Skills Centre. A fab flexible course that enabled me to carry on working at the same time and achieve results I am really proud of.
Upholstery Skills Centre
Asheton Farm, Tysea Hill
Stapleford Abbotts, Essex
United Kingdom