Workshops at The Finishing Room


There are few things as satisfying as being able to say “I made that”, especially when the thing that you’ve made is a beautifully upholstered piece of furniture…

If you’ve ever wanted to try upholstery for yourself, our upholstery workshops might be just the thing for you. Whether you’re looking to start a new hobby, tackle a few projects at home or you simply want to make something super-stylish, our upholstery workshops are a great introduction to the craft.

With no experience of upholstery required, our project based workshops will guide you though every step of the process. We’ll teach you how to use the essential tools of the trade, introduce you to the common upholstery materials and equip you with the skills and knowledge to be able to make something that you’re going to want to show off!



Footstool Workshop


£195 + 0.6m fabric

Duration: 2 days Saturday & Sunday 

Times: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location: The Finishing Room, Stourbridge, DY8 4AZ

Includes: Everything you’ll need to make your footstool except 0.6m fabric (from £25)



Looking at the finished product, I can’t quite believe that I could make something like this

Elliot, Birmingham


Join us for this 2-day workshop and create a stylish mid-century inspired footstool. Starting with a wooden frame made in-house, you’ll work with Jon to build and upholster your stool in a beautiful Kirkby Design or Romo fabric before attaching your hairpin legs from the Hairpin Leg Co. 

There are five fabric ranges to choose from to help you create something truly bespoke; a beautifully soft plain cotton, a recycled wool felt, a crushed velvet a cotton/linen blend (in more than 360 shades!) and finally, Kirkby’s ‘Underground’ range which includes designs from the London Underground (perfect for an industrial feel). With five ranges and 100’s of colours, you’ll be spoiled for choice! 



What will we cover?

  • How to safely operate an electric staple gun
  • Applying hessian to create a base for your upholstery
  • Creating shape with foam
  • Machine sewing and applying piping
  • Making and attaching borders
  • Measuring for fabric and creating a cutting plan
  • Working with tacks and a magnetic tack hammer
  • Shallow buttoning and how to make upholstered buttons

An incredible sense of achievement, new friends, relaxation and a plethora of new skills - one of the most enjoyable weekends for a long time!

Rob, Worcs

I can’t believe how much we achieved in a weekend!

Sue, Birmingham

Upholstery Workshop FAQ’s

How do I choose my fabric?

The best way to choose your fabric is to come in and see us at The Finishing Room and have a look at the fabric books. We can arrange for free samples of your favourite fabrics to be sent to you so that you can see them in your own home too. If you’re unable to come and see us, you can view the ranges online (details are on this page and will be sent with your confirmation too) and we can send free samples of your shortlisted fabrics to help you decide. 

When do I need to order my fabric?

To make sure that your fabric is here and ready for you to get making, we’ll need you to place your order with us a minimum of 7 days prior to your workshop. We have card facilities at The Finishing Room and fabric can be paid for when you attend your workshop.

Can I bring my own fabric?

At The Finishing Room we take our safety responsibilities very seriously and this means that anything you make with us will need to conform to the Furniture and Fire Safety Regulations so that it does not cause any kind of hazard when you take it home. Unfortunately, most ‘off the shelf’ fabrics do not meet the required standards so for this reason we offer a range of fabrics for our workshops that are fire retardant. If you would like to work with a different fabric, please contact us and we’ll work with you to try and find something suitable.

What should I wear?

Dress comfortably for the workshops and in the cooler months, bring something warm too – being an old building we have a few draughts!! We would recommend that you wear enclosed footwear to help protect your feet should you drop anything. We’ll provide aprons and safety glasses for your use. 

Are your workshops suitable for children?

While everyone will be given full guidance on how to use the upholstery tools safely, we would not recommend our workshops for under 18’s.

Where can I get lunch and refreshments?

We’ll provide plenty of tea and coffee when you attend a workshop with us. For lunch you’ll find a café on site and you’re also welcome to bring your own lunch. In the warmer months there are plenty of places to sit outside and enjoy the views of The Red House Cone and the canal! 

What if I don’t finish my project in the allotted time?

We’ve designed our workshops to give you a comfortable amount of time to complete your project. Should you not be able to complete your piece in the allotted time, we can normally arrange for you to spend some extra time with us to get it done.

How strong do I need to be?

There are some upholstery processes that require a good grip and the ability to move your piece of furniture but you certainly don't need to be a weightlifter and there's plenty of assistance available on our workshops. Get in touch if you'd like to chat through the processes in more detail 

How accessible is The Finishing Room?

The Finishing Room is located on the first floor of an industrial, Grade II listed building located within the grounds of the Red House Glass Cone in Wordsley. Unfortunately the workshop can only be accessed via a set of external stairs and may therefore be unsuitable for some visitors.