Jan Donley Upholstery Classes

Welcome to Jan Donley's Upholstery Classes and Videos 

I have been an upholsterer for 40 years and a teacher for 34 of those years working in Oxford.   I hold the C&G upholstery diploma as well as the Certificate of Education.   I love upholstery and especially sharing my expertise with my students and seeing their skill and enthusiasm grow 

I have now decided to close my classes to new students as I will be retiring later this year so my website can only be used for information about my videos.  

I would like to thanks all my students past and present for the support over the many years I have been teaching    I have loved every moment 


You can still learn upholstery however using my videos



  I have also created several videos of projects which give clear detailed instruction and tips on re-upholstery and loose cover making.  

The videos cover all the basic techniques needed to reupholster chairs and make loose covers with lots of tips and ideas of how to adapt for different shaped chairs. They are unlisted on You Tube.   

If you wish to view the videos you need to purchase a link and then you will be sent the link with details of what is included in each video.  You will also be sent written upholstery techniques and various other handouts including a short history of upholstery in an email.

For more details and how to purchase the videos click  


  Please watch the introductory video below to find out more about upholstery

 Please note that the price of £30 stated in the video was set before I added more videos so the current price for everything including the Victorian ironback chair is £60.   Sorry for the confusion