Jan Donley Upholstery Classes
Welcome to Jan Donley's Upholstery Classes and Videos
I have been an upholsterer for 39 years and a teacher for 33 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 teach Thursday 10 - 4.30 and Friday 10 - 1 approximately twice a month
The Summer course this year is running from
Monday August 2 - Thursday August 5
at St Andrew's Church Hall Orchard Rd Botley Oxford
From September the venue changes to
The Rosary Room at Our Lady of the Rosary Yarnels Hill Botley Oxford OX2 9BD
The teaching days will be Thursdays 10 - 1 and 1.30 - 4.30 and Fridays 10 - 1 starting on 9/10 September and running every 2 weeks until 2/3 December
Dates for 2022 will be posted in the Autumn
The cost is £28 for half a day, £53 for a full day and £79 for a day and a half with a maximum of 11 people
For more details and dates and how to book please visit
You can also consider using the videos to help you with your upholstery at home if coming to the class would be difficult for you
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