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 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

Classes start on 18 and 19 May and will continue until

13 and 14 July 

The Summer Course will run for 4 days from 2 -5 August 

Please visit the class dates page for all the details

From September the venue and days for the classes will change

I will be teaching at the Rosary Room at Our Lady of the Rosary Yarnels Hill Botley Oxford OX2 9BD

The teaching days will be all 10 - 1 and 1.30 -4.30 on Thursday and 10 - 1 on Friday starting on 9/10 September and running every 2 weeks until 16/17 December 

Please visit the class dates page for all the details 

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 

The Tuesday and Wednesday classes at St Andrew's 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 Thursday and Friday classes at the Rosary Room are slightly more expensive as the hall fees are more £27 for half a day, £53 for a full day and £79 for a day and a half 

The Summer and Easter courses costs £50 a day or £26 for half a day with a maximum of 11

For more details and dates and how to book 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