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

11th February
18th February
25th February
3rd March
10th March
17th March
24th March

31st March


Wednesday 18:30 - 20:30

12th February

19th February

26th February

4th March

11th March

18th March

25th March

1st April


Thursday 18:30 - 20:30

13th February

20th February

27th February

5th March

12th March

19th March

26th March

2nd April


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

15th February

22nd February

29th February

7th March

14th March

21st March

28th March

4th April


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.  
Detailed traditional upholstery basics
These are my original notes from 1st year of the AMU Craft certificate.
Notes for students (detailed).zip
Compressed archive in ZIP format [4.9 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