Shallow Buttoned Upholstery Workshop

Shallow buttoning is a fantastic upholstery skill to have. Once you’ve learnt the technique you can apply it to different pieces of furniture like benches, headboards, stools and more. It will add an element of style and design detail to your upholstery project.

For this one day upholstery workshop you have the choice to make large or small footstool, bench, stool or storage crate.

What you will learn

  • About the different tools and materials needed for upholstery. These are all detailed in your course handout to take home at the end of the day.
  • To apply foam to your furniture frame, and dacron
  • To measure and cut your fabric. Staple your fabric to the frame, and finish your furniture with square hospital style corners.
  • Make your own fabric buttons and add them to your furniture.

Useful information and what’s included

  • You will be provided with all the materials, tools and fabric to make your furniture (you will need to choose your fabric when booking).
  • Bench / Stool – You have the option to choose from either industrial hairpin legs or mid-century style wooden legs. Please select your choice when booking.
  • Large or Small Footstool feet – choose from a natural or dark wax. Please select your choice when booking.
  • Hot drinks are included throughout the day.
  • You will need to bring your own food with you.

Workshop Times;

  • Short day workshop runs from 9.30am finishing at 2.45pm.

Fabric choice;

A range of fabrics are included within the cost of the workshop. Choose from these ranges and colours. Please detail your choice when booking. Free samples can be requested directly from the supplier.


Storage Crate – 50cm wide x 40cm deep x 38cm high

Stool – 50cm wide x 40cm deep x 49cm high

Bench – 90cm wide x 40cm deep x 49cm high

Small – Footstool 50cm wide x 40cm deep x 29cm high

Large – Footstool 61cm wide x 61cm deep x 29cm high


Storage Crate / Stool / Small Footstool – £195

Large Footstool – £215

Bench – £235

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Shallow Buttoned Crate Upholstery Workshop – Short Day

Who Is It For?

The one day workshops are perfect if you want a taster into the world of upholstery. Step away from the daily grind and unleash your creative side. Learn a new skill and have the instant satisfaction of making a small piece of furniture.

You can also buy a place at the workshop for a creative loved one. It will make the perfect sustainable gift if you are looking for something fun and unique.

What Will You Learn?

The workshop is an introduction to the craft. You will learn about the tools and materials needed for upholstery. You will be taught techniques like applying foam, fabric, cutting corners on fabric, making and applying buttons & more.

We supply you with the tools & materials for the course, you will just need to bring 1m of fabric.

Meet The Tutor 

You will be taught on the day by Emma, an experienced upholster and the Director of Semper Hopkins Upholstery (read Emma’s story here).

We keep the class size to no more than six people so you will get lots out of the day.

All the frames and materials for the course are prepared in house by Ian (Emma’s Dad).


The workshop is held from our beautiful workshop a converted Chapel in Scholar Green, a peaceful setting in the Cheshire countryside.

Find out about our Covid-safety measure here

Old Kent Green Methodist Chapel,
Cinderhill Lane,
Scholar Green,

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