Student's Work

Below you will find examples of work produced on our 2 Day Introductory, 5 Day Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Courses, and our 7 Week Change Your Career Course along with testimonials from some of our students.

5 Day Beginners Course

Lorraine Clarke – Broomhall, Sheffield

Lorraine completed three pieces of furniture on her 5 day beginners course – an antique elongated footstool, a pin stuffed chair and a drop-in seat chair.



5 Day Beginners Course

Danny Healey-Moran  – Intake, Sheffield

Danny completed a stylish, drop-in seat chair and a pin stuffed chair in an on-trend emerald green and botanical prints on his 5 day beginners cours

2 Day Introductory Course

Kate Wright – Parsons Green, Sheffield

Kate completed a stunning art nouveau, drop-in seat chair on her 2 day introductory upholstery course.

Kate’s comments on the course: “I really enjoyed the 2 day course and loved the fact that I could just get stuck into my chair straight away. I learned so much and can’t wait to do another one ! I’ve definitely got the bug !!”

5 Day Advanced Course

Amanda Ellis-Hill – Greystones, Sheffield

Amanda’s comments on the course: “The Unique Seat Company run a fantastic course which I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to anybody who would like to have a go at re-upholstery. The owner has incredible knowledge, skills and expertise…she makes it all look so easy ! I learnt huge amounts on her course and feel confident enough to undertake a project on my own as her teaching and instruction were so clear. It is a course I would definitely do again if I wanted to learn other skills used in re-upholstery. Thank you for a fantastic week !!”

6 Week Evening Course

Andrea Paine – Woodhouse, Sheffield

Andrea had already completed our 2 Day Introductory and 5 Day Beginner’s Course and then moved on to an Intermediate level project – a sprung, buttoned chair as a Christmas present for her Mum. Lucky Mum !

5 Day Advanced Course

James Brailsford – Retford, Notts

Having previously attended our 2 Day Introductory, 5 Day Beginners and 5 Day Intermediate Course James felt able to tackle a huge porter’s chair with a deep buttoned seat on the advanced course.

5 Day Intermediate Course

Gail Bowie – Ecclesall Rd South, Sheffield

Having previously attended our 2 Day Introductory and 5 Day Beginners Course, Gail felt ready to tackle a more advanced project for her 5 Day Intermediate Course in the form of a large sprung tub chair.

6 Week Evening Course

Melissa Newby – Ecclesall, Sheffield & Janet Allchin – Bradway, Sheffield

Melissa chose an advanced project for her 6 Week Evening Course in the form of a modern wing chair. Janet also chose an advanced project but opted instead for a deep buttoned, antique nursing chair.

Please note that if you are choosing an advanced project for the evening course then it is highly unlikely you will be able to complete the project within the 6 week course unless you are able to work on your project, at home, between classes.

5 Day Advanced Course

Debbie Oliver (Advanced) & Lizzy Hart (Intermediate) – Sheffield

Debbie decided to tackle a deep buttoned sprung armchair whilst Elizabeth chose a Victorian high-backed, sprung armchair for her latest project.

Elizabeth’s comments on the course, “Attending the Intermediate course really helped me to consolidate the upholstering skills I learned on the Beginners’ course and I was surprised at how much I had remembered. The workshop is a great place to learn, whether you want to work on your own projects or even progress to making it your career.  Heather is a patient and very competent teacher, who has worked out all the steps you need to learn, to take you from a complete novice to someoone who can take on upholstery projects with independence.” 

5 Day Advanced Course

Elizabeth Shirt & Jane Gardner – Sheffield

Elizabeth & Jane’s comments on the course – ” I was shattered last night but I’m chuffed to bits with my chair. I enjoyed the course so much. We’ve had fun this week and have both created excellent upholstered products at the end of it. It’s been great. Will be doing another course sometime in the near future!”. Jane Gardner. 

“Thanks again for a most enjoyable course (apart from that glue!) and for your seemingly limitless patience with my whingeing!! Hope to see you again soon”. Elizabeth Shirt.

5 Day Intermediate Course

Debbie Oliver & Jane Gardner – Sheffield

Debbie & Jane’s comments on the course – ” We both really enjoyed the week and are sorry it has ended as we enjoyed it so much. There is something deeply satisfying about transforming a clapped out chair into something that will last another 100 years. It’s so addictive! Thanks for being such a fun teacher and providing such a relaxed friendly environment. See you in the new year for the advanced course!”.


2 Day Introductory Course

Debbie Oliver & Jane Gardner – Sheffield

Debbie & Jane’s comments on the course – ” We really enjoyed the course and are still buzzing! Everyone is suitably impressed with the results, including us! Roll on December (for the next course) – will be in touch about the next chairs”.

5 Day Intermediate Course

Anne Strong – Ecclesall, Sheffield

Anne’s comments on the course – “Thank you so much for the course – it was much harder work, and way more complicated than I had imagined, but I enjoyed it and I’ve learned a great deal, so thank you for all your help.”

2 Day Introductory Course

Mo MacKenzie – Nether Edge, Sheffield

Tara-Beth Donnelly – Crookes, Sheffield

Mo’s comments on the course – “I can honestly say this was the most rewarding 2-day course I have ever done. Fantastic to learn traditional skills in this modern world. Good, safe and warm workshop space and lovely lunch. Will definitely go back for another course.”

5 Day Intermediate Course

Elaine Turner – Grenoside

Pauline Buttling – Barnsley

Pauline’s comments on the courseI had previously done a beginner’s upholstery course with The Unique Seat Company and enjoyed it so much I decided to follow it up with the intermediate course. My decision was rewarded by the excellent teaching, attention to detail and friendly manner!”

Elaine’s comments on the course – “An intensive course with a warm, friendly atmosphere.  Another challenge with a satisfying outcome.  I am looking forward to learning more.”

5 Day Beginners Course

Tina Ball – Sharrowvale, Sheffield

Tina upholstered a large Victorian gothic over stuffed armchair on our 5 Day Beginners Course.

2 Day Introductory Course

Lisa Wiseman – Sheffield Sarah Charlesworth – Penistone

Sarah’s comments on the course – “Thank you for a FANTASTIC introduction to traditional upholstery, it’s been a great 2 days and I’ve really enjoyed it and learnt so much, I had no idea how much was involved.”

Lisa’s comments on the course – “To The Unique Seat Company – Thanks for a fabulous course. I am very proud of my chair !”

2 Day Introductory Weekend Course

Clare Wright – Worksop Garry Oliver – Doncaster

Clare and Garry’s comments on the course – “Thank you so much for a superb weekend course. We are chuffed to bits with our chairs! Your passion for traditional upholstery is infectious and we can’t  wait to do another chair.”

2 Day Introductory Weekday Course

Jeannette Brown – Ringinglow, Sheffield

Christine Dabill – Barnsley

Friends Jeannette and Christine upholstered this matching pair of drop-in seat chairs on our 2 Day Introductory Course.

Jeannette’s comments on the course – “We had a lovely time over the last two days and my husband was delighted with the chairs. I will be in touch soon.”

2 Day Introductory Weekday Course

Louise Innes – Crookes, Sheffield

Louise Innes upholstered this pin-stuffed chair on our 2 Day Introductory Course.

Louise’s comments on the course – “A really informative course with lots of practical advice from an obvious expert.  I now have a lovely chair that I can say I upholstered myself (with a little help!!).” 

2 Day Introductory Weekday Course

Joel Latham – Hope Valley, South Yorkshire

Joel Latham upholstered this drop-in seat chair on our 2 Day Introductory Course.

Joel’s comments on the course – “Thank you for a really informative couple of days on an excellent course. The time spent at your workshop was very enjoyable and I will definitely be continuing with my newly acquired skills”.

2 Day Introductory Weekend Course

Sara Turner – Silkstone, Barnsley

Sara Turner upholstered this pin-stuffed chair on our 2 Day Introductory Course.

Sara’s comments on the course – “I had a great time and learned so much in 2 days with The Unique Seat Company. I am looking forward to my next course!”

2 Day Introductory Weekday Course

Alison Webb – Wickersley, Rotherham

Alison Webb re-covered this footstool on our 2 Day Introductory Weekend Course.

Alison’s comments on the course – “I very much enjoyed the past two days and I’m thrilled with my finished footstool. Thanks again and hope to see you again in the future”.

2 Day Introductory Weekday Course

Janet Kelly – Woolley, Wakefield

Janet Kelly re-covered this chair on our 2 Day Introductory Course.

Janet’s comments on the course – “Had a lovely 2 days. Thanks for all your help and expertise – it was a wonderful experience.”

2 Day Introductory Weekend Course

Gail Cherry – Thurgoland

Gail Cherry upholstered this drop-in seat chair on our 2 Day Introductory Course.

Gail’s comments on the course – “Thank you, I really enjoyed my two days with you this week – my respect to traditional upholsterers ! I’m so pleased with the finished result.”