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Frequently asked questions

Arrival Times and Departures

Please do not arrive too early for your class. The school is a busy site and our afternoon classes in particular start soon after the school day is finished. Never having been that good at making sure that we pack up to finish at a particular time. Please try to keep me on track for us to start this 10 minutes before the finish time of the class! And please leave the area where you have been working clean and tidy.

Teas and Coffees

Please bring your own drinks with you this term. Sorry about this - I am still feeling that it is better to play on the safe side with Covid constraints for the moment.

Covid 19 - stay safe

Please do not attend:

  • if you have experienced Covid symptoms in the last 10 days and have not had a negative PCR test
  • have been instructed to self isolate and/or test positive for Covid
There will be a working presumption that all those attending the classes will have been vaccinated unless medically exempt. If you have chosen not to be vaccinated please tell me before booking a place on the course so that we can plan an appropriate Covid safe working environment.

Social Distancing, Masks and Hand Washing

The room is spacious but please try to keep socially distanced. By the nature of the activity some limited close contact is necessary. Please do not book a place if this a concern to you. The tutor has been double vaccinated and will undertake regular lateral flow tests. Masks will be available, but please try to bring your own wherever possible. Sanitiser will be available. Do remember to wash your hands regularly.

Extra Attendees

Please do not bring extra attendees to the classes


I will bring the usual supplies of upholstery materials with me such as tacks, webbing, hessian, hair, calico and waddings which you can purchase.


I bring a plentiful supply of tools and equipment with me to the classes, but at the moment please try to bring as many of your own tools as possible! Do drop me an email should you be thinking of buying any extra upholstery tools and I will be happy to provide guidance.


Please tidy up your workspace at the end of each class

Car Parking

We have a special dispensation kindly agreed by the school to park behind the building where the classes are held, giving easy access for you to drop off your project and supplies immediately in front of the room we use. However if we misuse the privilege the classes will cease to be held. Full details of the parking arrangements will be issued once a place is booked on a course.

Your Project

If you are new to the classes please ensure that you discuss your chosen project with me before term starts. This is to ensure that it is a suitable one for you and any necessary preparations can be made beforehand so that you do not waste time at the first class.

The length of time that it will take to complete will depend on its complexity. Upholstery can range from being very simple to extremely complex!

Some minor repair work to frames can be undertaken during the course, but you will need to be mindful that sometimes this might need to be completed outside the classes. Major repairs are not possible, but there are many furniture restorers who will be able to help you.

I do not bring foam to the classes, apart from a thin ¼” thick one which is suitable as a wadding, but not as a stuffing. If your project is stuffed with foam please make sure that you let me know as soon as possible so that I can offer guidance about what type of foam and where to purchase it before you start.

Joining the classes

After your payment for the course I will send you an enrolment form and also check with you about your chosen project so that if anything needs to be sorted it can be done so before the start of term and answer any questions you may have. I will then look forward to welcoming you to the classes at The Mountbatten School

What to bring with you

If possible bring a scrap of carpet big enough to stand your furniture piece on so that it does not slip on the table when you are working on it. Suggested tools as part of a starter kit include: a sharp pair of scissors a wooden mallet a tape measure an upholstery magnetic hammer a tack remover (if your project is tacked), or a staple remover (if your project is stapled) A notebook and pen, or a smartphone, can be useful to record your work.