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If you are looking for a career in upholstery or soft furnishings then you should have a high level of training and a good understanding of the legal requirements associated with the industry. The Association of Master Upholsterers & Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) 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 not only for those wishing to develop good craft skills, but also as a stepping stone for those wishing to launch their own business or for those who wish to seek meaningful employment with an existing practitioner.
Practical experience in the workshop is at the core of our teaching, where students and tutors engage in discussion exploring the use of materials and techniques. You will not only learn how to do something but will understand why it is done, and how it fits into context with hundreds of variations of upholstered furniture or furnishings. We have designated classes for each stage of the qualification ensuring that you receive the underpinning knowledge required.
Through our association with fabric companies and industry specialists our aim is to give our students as much exposure to the crafts allowing them to explore their own design creativity and individual orginality whether it is on traditional, vintage, retro, mid-century or modern furniture.
Established in 2006 and with over 18 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. A progressive series of exercises and projects will enable you to develop good skills, experience work practices and to apply your own ideas and creative approaches to real life situations. 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 mid-century modern to the more complex traditionally upholstered armchairs and sofas.
The AMUSF three stage Diploma course will give you the skills required to develop a small upholstery business or for finding meaningful employment with an existing upholsterer.
We offer a range of soft furnishing courses and classes from one and two-day short taster courses for beginners through to fully accredited professional qualification courses that are designed to give you the information, practice and experience required to enable you to develop your own soft furnishing business making beautiful bespoke soft furnishings.
If you are looking for a career in 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) Soft Furnishings Certificate has been developed over a number of years by experienced practitioners in the industry and are designed to give you excellent sewing skills and a very good understanding of setting up and running a professional soft furnishing business, producing beautiful work that you can be proud of.
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 during the course that the more I began to learn the more I realised I didn't know. These courses offer a broader and more useful skills base." 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, 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, dress curtains and drapes, you will learn how to identify the structure you are fitting into and choose 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.