Upholstery and Soft Furnishing Information

Upholstery in autumn 2020

BAEC runs upholstery courses for beginners at the Poverest centre in Orpington and courses for improvers and intermediates at the Kentwood centre  with our experienced tutor Stephen Simpson.

Following the Covid-19 emergency,  we have made changes to the way courses are delivered. Our students’ wellbeing and safety is our prime concern and we ask that you work with us to ensure social distancing and safe working practices.

In September 2020, we are  reducing the maximum number of learners in each group to 10. We advise you to enrol early to secure your place. You can enrol with confidence, in the knowledge that, should government guidance prevent the course from taking place, you are assured of a full refund.

You will need to provide a basic tool kit that you should not share with other students. The list of minimum requirements will be emailed to you prior to the start of the course. We realise that there is a need to share specialist equipment at times; there will be sanitising facilities in the classroom and a booking system  will be agreed to ensure minimal contact.

You will still be able to purchase some materials in the classroom, but you will need to request supplies from the tutor.

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.

Your tutor will demonstrate techniques on his own project, and direct you while you work on your item. Social distance should be respected at all times, and each student must be the only person touching their project.

To assist us in keeping classrooms clean and clutter-free, we ask that you only bring what you need and that you 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.

Reduced group size means that we may run additional courses later in the year. If you are interested in joining a class, but not yet ready to commit, please email enquiries@baec.ac.uk and we will add your name on a waiting list, so we can contact you with further information as soon as possible. Similarly, if you wish to discuss our new procedures in more details, email us and we will forward your enquiry to the curriculum leader.

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

Upholstery Courses

Soft Furnishing in autumn 2020

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