Furniture Restoration and Upholstery Classes, August 2022

Regular price $280.00
Furniture restoration and upholstery classes on the Gold Coast, Australia, Winter 2022:
Special note regarding Covid-19: Our classes are run with only a few participants at any one time and we are adopting additional health and hygiene practices during this time. 
These classes introduce students to upholstery and restoration, and are suitable for beginner and intermediate skill level. Instructed by master craftspeople Lasse and Helena Kinnunen, the classes include instruction on techniques and materials relating to each student's furniture piece, and practical hands-on work in the workshop where each student will restore their own furniture piece.  The classes are flexible in that the number of days is based on the amount of work in the student's furniture piece. The students will learn about aspects of furniture restoration and upholstery that apply to their furniture piece, and may include:
  • use of woodworking and upholstery hand tools
  • timber stripping, surface preparation and finishing processes
  • veneer repair
  • assessment and repair of structure
  • replacement of wadding, webbing, foam or springs, etc
  • upholstery
  • fabric selection, pattern making, cutting and sewing

The following is a guide to how many days you might need to complete a project:

  • Reupholstery of timber dining chair with drop in upholstered seat and minor timber refurbishment: 1 day
  • Timber carver chair with upholstered seat and back and minor timber refurbishment, or a small table with full timber refurbishment and some repair: 2 days
  • 1950s timber armchair with upholstery or seat and back cushions, and timber refurbishment and repair: 3 - 5 days

This is a guide only, please email us an image of your furniture piece so we can inform how many days are needed for the restoration and/or upholstery to be completed.

We also offer individual tuition for more complex furniture pieces such as fully upholstered furniture, please enquire.

    Single day: $280 (incl GST) per day purchased individually up to 3 days
    Four days: $960 (incl GST).
    Payment: payment by bank transfer. Details sent with Tax Invoice on enrolment.

    Included: Instruction by Lasse and Helena. Consumables included. We will provide coffee, tea and biscuits for morning tea. Students are to bring their own lunch, and a notepad, pencil and/or a camera for notetaking.
    Not included: Materials such as foams, wadding, webbing, fabric etc are not included in the course fee as these vary according to the furniture piece. These can all be purchased from us during the course. As an indicative cost, the materials for a timber framed upholstered lounge chair may be between $90 to $130 plus fabric.

    Dates: Students may choose any Saturdays in August. Dates must be confirmed on enrolment. In addition to Saturdays, we can also accommodate students on the odd weekday during this period, please enquire.
    Time: 8am - 4pm. With 1/2 hour lunch break.  
    Venue: at our School of Furniture workshop in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast.

    To enrol:
    To enrol in these session or for more information please contact us for an enrolment form. Spaces are limited each day and must be booked and paid in advance, and dates confirmed on enrolment. 

    About your furniture piece:
    Bring your own piece of furniture for restoration. If you do not have a piece of furniture and you would like to learn the processes, please visit a local op-shop or second hand furniture store and purchase an inexpensive piece in relatively good workable condition. It is important that the piece is suitable for beginner and intermediate level. Suitable pieces include timber framed lounge chairs with fabric upholstered seat and back, dining chairs or small tables. Larger pieces such as fully upholstered lounge chairs and sofas are too complex for beginners but may suitable for those with some experience already in the basics of upholstery and competence in sewing. We recommend that everyone starts with a smaller piece. 

    You must email us an image of your furniture piece prior to enrolment so we can assess its suitability, how many days are needed and discuss fabric selection. You may purchase fabric through us from one of our many suppliers. 

    A deposit of 50% is due on enrolment, the balance 50% is due 21 days before class commencement. Contact us for details to pay by direct deposit to our bank account. Terms and conditions will apply to enrolment, these will be forwarded on request and prior to enrolment. Students will undergo a workshop safety induction on the first day, and there are dress standards for safety which will apply. We do not guarantee that the student will complete their restoration project during the allocated sessions. Additional workshop time can be arranged, POA. We reserve the right to cancel or postpone sessions due to low class numbers or other reasons. If this occurs, we will refund all paid fees. 

    Why restore?
    With a move towards re-use, recycle and material sustainability, furniture restoration is becoming increasingly popular. Not only is it productive to care for and maintain our furniture pieces but it is also an immensely rewarding skill to enjoy. We love that more and more people are choosing and enjoying restoration rather than purchase new, so we would like to make it easy and accessible with our Furniture Restoration and Upholstery Classes.

    Lasse Kinnunen began his career in furniture by restoring antiques and mid century furniture with his father in Finland. With this early start and his 40+ years as a furniture designer-maker he has expert knowledge of restoration that he loves to share. He will be joined on the course by fabric and sewing expert Helena to provide instruction on fabric selection, pattern making, cutting and sewing, and assistance with upholstery.