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If you are looking for a career in upholstery or soft furnishings then you should be qualified with a high level of skill and a good understanding of the legal requirements. The Association of Master Upholsterers & Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) Diploma qualifications in upholstery or soft furnishings have been developed over a number of years by experienced practitioners in the Furniture, Furnishings and Interiors industry and are designed to develop and reinforce the skills learnt. You will not only learn how to do something but why it is done, and how it fits into context with hundreds of variations of upholstered furniture or styles of window treatments.
Established in 2006 and with over 15 years teaching experience, we pride ourselves in the quality of work that our students produce. Good quality upholstery is achieved by eye, feel and judgement and these skills take time and practice to acquire. Every chair is different so we aim to give you the skills and information required to adapt to each individual piece of furniture. We will teach you how to strip back to the frame, repair and reupholster different styles of upholstery from the most basis drop-in seat through to the more complex traditionally upholstered armchairs and sofas.
The AMUSF Soft Furnishings Diploma will give you the practical skills and knowledge required to measure, produce and fit a range of curtains, blinds, cushions, bedding and loose covers as well as the requirements for running a soft furnishings business.
With a consistent high level of credits and distinctions for their work our students also enjoy the added value of our enrichment programme where students have the opportunity to participate in various industry based visits and competitions. Read More.
All our qualification courses are assessed by independent practitioners of the craft with many years experience.
"It became swiftly apparent to me that during the course that the more I began to learn the more I realised I didn't know. This new syllabus is offering a broader and more useful skills base. I chose to do the course over one year, but I think on reflection that a student just needs to have more time to let things sink in, which these courses allow". Charlotte A, Hampshire
If you are looking for something less formal or just want to produce work for yourself then we can offer either weekly day-time or evening classes. On these courses you can work on a variety of different projects of your own at your own pace under our expert guidance. If you have little or no experience we suggest that you start with something simple and progress from there. We teach absolute beginners as well as more advanced students.
We also offer a range of short beginner taster courses in Upholstery, Chair Caning, Curtain Making, Roman Blinds and Cushion Making ideal for someone new to the crafts. These courses are a great introduction to the crafts and also make ideal Christmas or Birthday presents for anyone with an interest in upholstery or soft furnishings.
Learn how to Measure, Fit and Fix Blinds, Curtain Tracks and Poles professionally. This is a two-day practical course for professionals or those aspiring to become professional curtain and blind track fitters. As well as learning how to cord-up tracks you will also learn how to identify the structure you are fitting into and the appropriate fixings to use.
This Business Set-up course gives advice and information on setting-up and running a professional upholstery or soft furnishings business.