For the past few years I have taught private individuals and group workshops whilst setting up VM Furnishing and achieving the following;

  • Association of Master Upholsterers & Soft Furnishers - Approved business.
  • Chippendale International School of Furniture - Intensive Furniture Design, Construction & Restoration course.
  • Fife College - HNC/HND Furniture construction and design. 


Chippendale International School of Furniture - Summer school traditional upholstery.


Edinburgh Remakery - Bi-monthly upholstery/upcycling workshops. 


WHALE Arts Agency  - Free upcycling workshops as part of their climate change program in Wester Hailes. 


Edinburgh Council Adult Education Programme - All levels upholstery class.

Weekly classes

Weekday and evening classes are 2 hours each in 8-week blocks, dates for our next block are below.  Please email for availability. £192 


Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00

28th April

5th May

12th May

19th May

26th May

2nd June

9th June

16th June


Wednesday 18:30 - 20:30

29th April

6th May

13th May

20th May

27th May

3rd June

10th June

17th June


Thursday 18:30 - 20:30

30th April

7th May

14th May

21st May

28th May

4th June

11th June


I am aiming these classes more toward beginners as they are slightly shorter, I feel weeknights can get tiring past 2 hours.  I would suggest a dining chair or footstool for beginners but more complicated projects are not a problem if you don't want to commit to Saturdays. With a small class, in this time, we should be able to finish a simple traditional overstuffed dining chair or 2 small modern projects.  The workshop is equipped for restoration and painting as necessary as well as making simple footstools from scratch with all traditional and modern upholstery tools provided.  I usually have a selection of chair skeletons for sale if you don't have your own.  All classes are initially available in blocks of 8.  Please email for further information, I have included a download of detailed notes for a traditional drop in and overstuffed dining chair below so you know what you're getting into, scanning the pictures will give you an idea.  

Saturday class is 3 hours running from 14:00 to 17:00 £288

2nd May

9th May

16th May

23rd May

30th May

6th June

13th June

20th June


I am aiming this longer class toward students with more complicated or time-consuming pieces.  However beginners are welcome, see Wednesday description as the same applies.  All classes are initially available in blocks of 8.  Please email for further information.  

Traditional sprung seat process

Traditional sprung seat
Traditional sprung overstuffed dining seat process in pictures.
Overstuffed dining chair picture notes.d[...]
Microsoft Word document [1.6 MB]

Private tuition  


Due to current workload I am currently not offering private tuition, however, this may change in the future.



VM now works with a small group of like-minded individuals to host events and demos covering modern and traditional upholstery, furniture repair and restoration as well as interior and graphic design.  We are open to suggestion as to the size and focus of the event and can provide all tools and equipment.  Past events have included day-long workshops and taster sessions where participants can book in for hour-long group sessions to get a feel for the tools and materials.  Feel free to get in contact to discuss any ideas.

VM Furnishing,

9b Spey Street,



Tel: +44 7791 973406