Deka School of Furniture

This four day course is an introduction to upholstery and restoration, and is suitable for beginner and intermediate skill level. It is instructed by designer and master craftsman Lasse and assisted by Helena. The course includes a theory component where techniques and materials are discussed that relate to the students’ furniture pieces, and a practical component in the workshop where each student will restore their own furniture piece.  Each course is flexible and the content will depend on the students’ furniture pieces, but will include such topics as:
  • use of woodworking and upholstery hand tools
  • timber stripping, surface preparation and finishing processes
  • veneer repair
  • assessment and repair of structure
  • replacement of wadding, webbing, foam or springs, etc
  • upholstery
  • fabric selection, pattern making, cutting and sewing

For students who complete this course and wish to continue to learn upholstery of a larger piece such as a fully upholstered chair or small sofa, we can offer individual tuition or a specialised upholstery course. Please enquire.

Full Course cost: $880.
Included: Instruction by Lasse and assisted by Helena. Consumables included. We will provide coffee, tea and biscuits for morning tea. Students are to bring their own lunch, and a notepad, pencil and/or a camera for notetaking.

Not included: Materials such as foams, wadding, webbing, fabric etc are not included in the course fee as these vary according to the furniture piece. These can all be purchased from us during the course. As an indicative cost, the materials for a timber framed upholstered lounge chair may be between $90 to $130 plus fabric.

To enrol

To enrol in one of these courses or for more information please contact us at or telephone 07 3396 5850 for an enrolment form. Course sizes are small so places are limited.

About your furniture piece

This course requires that you bring your own piece of furniture for restoration. If you do not have a piece of furniture and you would like to learn the processes, please visit a local op-shop or second hand furniture store and purchase an inexpensive piece in relatively good workable condition. It is important that the piece is suitable for the course time and for beginner and intermediate level. Suitable pieces include timber framed lounge chairs with fabric upholstered seat and back, dining chairs or small tables. Larger pieces such as fully upholstered lounge chairs and sofas are too large to be completed in the time allocated for this course and they require an intermediate level of skill with upholstery. If you wish to learn full upholstery a longer course with specific instruction is needed to develop these skills. We recommend that the student first completes this introductory course.

You must email us an image of your furniture piece prior to enrolment so we can assess its suitability. We will discuss fabric selection during the first lesson. You may purchase fabric through us from one of our many suppliers. If you have already chosen a fabric, please discuss with us so we can assess its suitability.


A deposit of 50% is due on enrolment, the balance 50% is due 21 days before course commencement. Contact us at for details to pay by bank deposit. Terms and conditions will apply to enrolment, these will be forwarded on request and prior to enrolment. Students will undergo a workshop safety induction on the first day, and there are dress standards for safety which will apply. We do not guarantee that the student will complete their restoration project during the course. Additional workshop time can be arranged, POA. We reserve the right to cancel or postpone the course due to low course numbers or other reasons. If this occurs, we will refund all paid course fees.

Why restore?

With a move towards re-use, recycle and material sustainability, furniture restoration is becoming increasingly popular. Not only is it productive to care for and maintain our furniture pieces but it is also an immensely rewarding skill to enjoy. We love that more and more people are choosing and enjoying restoration rather than purchase new, so we would like to make it easier with this Furniture Restoration and Upholstery Course.

Lasse Kinnunen began his career in furniture by restoring antiques and mid century furniture with his father in Finland. With this early start and his 40+ years as a furniture designer-maker he has expert knowledge of restoration that he loves to share. He will be joined on the course by fabric and sewing expert Helena to provide instruction on fabric selection, pattern making, cuttiing and sewing, and assistance with upholstery.