Upholstery and Soft Furnishing Information

Upholstery information

BAEC runs mixed ability upholstery courses at the Poverest centre in Orpington and the Kentwood centre in Penge with our experienced tutor Stephen Simpson.

Equipment and materials

You will need to provide a basic tool kit for your own use. The list of minimum requirements will be emailed to you prior to the start of the course. Further materials will normally be discussed during the first session of the course; you will be able to purchase some materials in the classroom, but you will need to request supplies from the tutor.

Please note that quality Upholstery equipment can be a substantial investment; talk to your tutor as soon as possible if you have concerns about additional costs for your course.

We ask that you bring small projects only, which can be easily carried by one person. You may be asked to change your project if it exceeds a certain size.

Safety in the Classroom 

The maximum number of learners in each group is 12. We advise you to enrol early to secure your place.

Our learners’ wellbeing and safety is our prime concern and we ask that you work with us to ensure safe working practices. There are enough tables for each student to have their own workstation and/or there is enough room at shared tables for students to work safely.

Most classes are mixed ability. Although you will follow a step-by-step approach to upholstery, you may work at a different pace from other students and take longer to complete your project. Your tutor will demonstrate techniques individually or to a small group, and/or direct you while you work on your item.

To assist us in keeping classrooms clean and clutter-free, please only bring what you need and arrive promptly, but not before the start of your session.

Only bottled water in a sealed container is allowed, please keep it in your bag when not in use.


If you would like to speak to the tutor, let us know and we will arrange for our teacher to contact you.

Upholstery Courses

Soft Furnishing information

Soft Furnishings courses are taught in our specialist textiles and garment making room. General advice on health and safety can be found on the Clothesmaking page.

Soft Furnishings Courses