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. £160


Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00

9th July
16th July
23rd July
30th July
20th August
27th August
3rd September
10th September

Wednesday 18:30 - 20:30

10th July
17th July
24th July
31st July
21st August
28th August
4th September
11th September


Thursday 18:30 - 20:30

11th July
18th July
25th July
1st August
22nd August
29th August
5th September
12th September

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 £240

13th July
20th July
27th July
3rd August
24th August
31st August
7th September
14th September

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