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 

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 
To find my contact details plus a photo gallery and some useful links click ​please go to

  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