I host upholstery courses 58 route d’Annecy in Veyrier du Lac at my workshop “Le Boudoir des Etoffes” in Haute Savoie around Annecy Lake (FRANCE).

These courses are english spoken and offer you each an individual workspace to restore a chair in the workshop of a french traditional upholsterer. It’s ok if you feel like a total beginner, you will be accompanied step by step by a highly qualified upholstery professional, but this will be a little challenging for sure.

COURSES 2024 (English Spoken)


In order to book your course you have to register using the booking form below. Don’t worry if you don’t receive an e-mail straight away, I will personaly respond to you.

Dates coming in 2024 :

Please read this general terms and conditions at the end of this document .

  • SEPTEMBER 2024: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 (1 PLACE AVALAIBLE)
  • SEPTEMBER 2024: 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
  • OCTOBER 2024: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • OCTOBER 2024: 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Level: beginner to advanced

Duration: 5,5 days / 39 hours

Places: 4 students / class (English spoken)

Opening hours: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. / 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m (Saturday 9:30 a.m – 1:30 p.m)

Where ?

Around Annecy Lac, in Veyrier du Lac in the workshop called « Le Boudoir des Etoffes », see the adress on Google map here.

Targeted skills

• Know how to recognize and use traditional hand tools

• Know and use the different traditional raw materials used in the workshop

• Know the different basic techniques needed to make a seat

• Know how to cover a seat

• Know how to apply the finishings (nails or trimmings)

For who ?

A course designed for those who want to discover– for leisure or as a retraining – the profession of upholsterer. It allows you to acquire the different basic techniques of traditional upholstery and/or the covering of a seat. Beginners therefore learn the different techniques and vocabulary as well as the tools and raw materials used by the upholsterer through the renovation of their seat. By the way it’s ok if you’re not a french speaker : THE COURSE IS IN ENGLISH.

The Workshop

The workshop will be the one you see on Instagram with @the_girl_with_a_hammer reels. The spot is divine but the workshop is very old and the floor isn’t even in the upholstery workshop.

You can view this piece of history here on STREET VIEW.


CHALLENGE YOURSELF: You have 5,5 days to upholster and cover the chair you will bring back home.

This training also aims to discover the profession of upholsterer, its vocabulary, its materials, its hand tools and its basic techniques. Its purpose is to acquire or refine the different stages of traditional upholstery, and how do the fabric covering with the proper finishings. You can see what we did last summer here.

The type of seat

The carcass of a Louis style armchair or a kid size Voltair ready to be upholstered is provided to each student. This chairs are made in France and are include in the price of the training. But you will need to find 1.5 meters of fabric to cover them and 5 meters of braid for the Voltaire chair and 6.5 meters for the Louis chair or nails (I can provide) as a finish.

You can choose between 5 wood finishes: oil finish, mat vernish, Linen light paint, deep blue Basalt paint or Lamp Black dark grey.

The trainer:

Holder of a CAP degree obtained from the AOCDTF and a BTM degree in upholstery, your trainer is an active professional who has been self-employed for 10 years: Céline Vanier, whose daily work you can discover on instagram : @the_girl_with_a_hammer will be your teacher.

Cost, Registration and payment

  • 2595 € payable in 1, 2,3 or 4 times before class to Céline Vanier by Paypal cheque or bank transfer.
  • Payment upon booking: Min of 595€ deposit at booking.
  • Booking opens months in advance (check the calendar below).
  • General Terms and Conditions are available hee.



  • Provided on site (free loan)
  • Purchase upholstery tools if you want (contact us one month before the course).

Seat frame (include in the price)

  • Provided on site
  • Ready to upholster
  • Choose the color of the wood

Raw Material (include in the price)

  • The raw materials are included and are provided to you.
  • The cost does not include fabric, trimmings and nails.


• You can bring your own fabric or choose one with us. You will need max. 1,5 meters of fabric (140 cm width).
• Remember to order the fabric and finishings before your class starts.


  • If you choose decorative nail finishing, don’t worry, we’ve got a large range on site so you will be able to choose the perfect one for your fabric.
  • We can provide the trimings or you can bring your own. If neeeded remember to order the trimmings like piping double corde at the same time as your fabric.

You may also want to rent a car but Annecy roads are saturated in summer sometimes. The workshop has a single parking space in front of the workshop and others just across the street but in summer time you’ll have to pay for it and it would cost you 40€/day to park here. We are open 30 minutes before the class starts so that everyone has time to settle and eat a little croissant traditional morning coffee.

Accomodation pre-booked for you

We have an agreement with Le Clos du Lac : if you wish we have 4 rooms are already pre-booked for our students at Le Clos du Lac : https://www.annecyleclosdulac.com/ (on Instagram  @annecyleclosdulac ). This place has 4 beautifull suites, a terrace with an amazing view, and it’s walking distance from the workshop !


50 route de la corniche Haute-Savoie

Veyrier-du-Lac, 74290, FRANCE

Prices : 180 €/night + cleaning service

It includes : Towels, sheets, hot drinks (no breakfast), fridge in every rooms (Check their website for more info)

MAY INCLUDES : Bike rental service


Transport are not included in the price, we will leave at your disposal for free anything you need to wrap it up properly. We will bring for you the chair at French national postal service if you need. “With Colissimo” it costs around 250€ to send back this 16 kg package in the USA as an example.

How to come in Annecy ?

The easiest way is to go for Geneva (Switzerland) wich is 40 min drive away from Annecy !

After booking your course

You will have 2 weeks to finalise your booking with a full or a partial payment: 2595 € payable in 1, 3 or 5 times with a minimum of 595€ for booking by cheque or bank transfer.



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