Introductory Furniture Restoration and Upholstery Course - Saturdays Spring 2018


Course details:
This course introduces students to upholstery and restoration, and is suitable for beginner and intermediate skill level. Instructed by master craftspeople Lasse and Helena Kinnunen, the course includes 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 course is made up of sessions which are flexible in that students may chose how many sessions they need to do based on the amount of work in their 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 sessions you might need to complete a project:

  • Reupholstery of timber dining chair with drop in upholstered seat and minor timber refurbishment: 1 session
  • Timber carver chair with upholstered seat and back and minor timber refurbishment, or a small table with full timber refurbishment and some repair: 2 sessions
  • 1950s timber armchair with upholstery or seat and back cushions, and timber refurbishment and repair: 4 - 5 sessions

This is a guide only, please email us an image of your furniture piece so we can give more details about how many sessions 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 sessions: $250 (incl GST) per session purchased individually or up to 3 sessions
    Four day course: $880 (incl GST).
    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: Saturdays: 15th September - 15th December 2018 (Students must select and confirm dates on enrolment)
    Time: 8am - 4pm. With 1/2 hour lunch break.  
    Venue: at our School of Furniture at 65 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast.

    To enrol:
    To enrol in these session or for more information please contact us at or telephone 07 3396 5850 for an enrolment form. Sessions sizes are small so places for each session are limited and must be booked and paid in advance, and dates confirmed on enrolment. 

    About your furniture piece:
    This course requires that you 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 the course time and 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 sessions 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 session commencement. Contact us at 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 course 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 Sessions.

    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, cuttiing and sewing, and assistance with upholstery.


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