Jan Donley Upholstery Classes

Welcome to Jan Donley's Upholstery Classes and Video website. 

I have been an upholsterer for 37 years and a teacher for 30 of those years working in Oxford and 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 teach Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 - 4.30 approximately twice a month 

Due to popularity I have also just added some Thursday dates for 2019.  

plus Summer and Easter courses

at St Andrew's Church Hall Orchard Rd Botley Oxford OX2 9BH

The Tuesday and Wednesday classes cost £23 for half a day,  £45 for a whole day, £65 for a day and a half and £84 for 2 consecutive days  with a maximum of 13 students  

The Summer course costs £52 a day with a maximum of 11

For more details and dates please visit 

Class dates and information



Please contact me via email if you are a new student so I can send you more details   jandonley13@gmail.com or go to the contact page for more options 

 For information about what to bring to your first class please click 

For information about classes at the hall on Tuesday evening, Friday morning and Saturdays and to find my contact details plush​ a photo gallery and some useful links click ​please go to

 Contact, resources and photos     


  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