Jan Donley Upholstery Classes
Welcome to Jan Donley's Upholstery Classes and Videos
I have been an upholsterer for 38 years and a teacher for 31 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
I also run some Summer and Easter courses
at St Andrew's Church Hall Orchard Rd Botley Oxford OX2 9BH
Due to lockdown there will be no classes in November.
If we are allowed classes will resume on 8/9 and 15/16 December
My classes are currently running in a Covid safe way with reduced numbers of 11 however premises I use will become temporarily unavailable during next year as there is a complete rebuild planned. The hall is still available in January and February so the dates are posted on the Class dates and information page. When St Andrew's does close I am hoping to use another hall and will update the website when I have more information
The Tuesday and Wednesday classes will cost £26 for half a day, £50 for a whole day, £73 or a day and a half and £94 for 2 consecutive days with a maximum of 11 students
The Summer and Easter courses costs £50 a day with a maximum of 11
For more details and dates please visit
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