Furniture Restoration (short course)

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Why study this course?

This short course introduces you to the restoration and repair of wooden objects and furniture. It is taught at London Met's School of Art, Architecture and Design, which has a long history of teaching furniture restoration courses for beginners, students and professionals. The course tutor, Shaun Turner, is a senior restorer for the Royal Residences.

More about this course

The course will cover a wide range of practical skills and knowledge relating to the restoration of furniture or wooden objects. You'll have the opportunity to work on your own projects, which may include decorated objects, gilded antiques and polished antiquities. It's recommended that beginners without a project purchase a box-shaped antique, such as a writing slope, tea caddy or jewellery box, as these objects often allow for a multitude of practical restoration applications.

We will supervise you individually and give you the relevant information needed so that you can continue to work independently at home.

You'll be taught how to:

  • assess the antique, including dating, materials construction, authenticity and damage
  • identify, plan and choose appropriate ethical treatment to undertake the repair of a piece of furniture including decorated objects
  • build on previous knowledge of construction and the woodworking skills necessary for the complete restoration of furniture and other artefacts
  • acquire new skills using a range of traditional and modern materials and techniques
  • learn how to use and handle chemicals safely
  • learn the names and the correct, safe usage of assorted woodworking tools and machinery
  • identify constructional techniques and historical information that enables you to identify objects and put them into historical context

During your first day of the course there will be an induction session where your tutor will provide you with the course and materials information. Health and safety and other procedures will be discussed during this introductory period.

Course leader Shaun Turner has been a Senior Furniture Conservator for over 23 years, working on decorative furniture and wooden artefacts for the Royal Residences including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

Fees and key information

Course type
Short Course
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Who's this course for?

This course is suitable for beginners and for those with some experience.

Course structure

What our students say

"Great course for beginners as well as those with some experience. Individual approach, interesting projects, brilliant tutor with great knowledge and passion for the job."

"Shaun is an excellent teacher, very encouraging and extremely patient."

"Informative and interesting course delivered in a friendly and relaxed manner."

"Shaun was fantastically enthusiastic as ever – he certainly knows a lot about his subject."

"Well worth the money, excellent tuition from very well qualified instructor. The tutor created a learning environment in which no question felt like a silly question. It was both encouraging and critical where appropriate. Highly recommended."

"Great handouts and support during the class from the tutor. Shaun has a wealth of experience and a great solution for everything while remaining true to the ethic of restoring rather than renewing."

"Despite my lack of basic woodworking skills, I never felt I was in the wrong place. There have been so many benefits – not just the technical knowledge and the joy of restoring treasured things but the discipline of doing things slowly."

"Special mention to Shaun, extremely knowledgable professional of the industry. I've learned more in 10 weeks than I would have after watching an infinite number of tutorials on Youtube. You can only learn the basic of furniture restoration by doing alongside a skilled tutor."

Course dates

Course dates To be confirmed
Length One day a week for ten sessions
Day and time Wednesday, 5.30pm to 8.30pm 
Maximum class size 12
Contact hours 30


A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit.
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University alumni members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

What's included in the price?

Tools will be supplied, but if you have your own please bring them along so that we can assess them with regard to their suitability.

You will need at least one project to start the course but two is preferable to give you something else to work on while the glue on your other item is drying for example. You will not be able to attend the course without a project. Please bear in mind that our storage facilities are limited when choosing your pieces. Depending on the scope of your project, it may not be possible to complete it over the duration of the course. You will however be taught the skills to do this at home should you need to.   

The University is unable to store large objects. Please ensure that your project piece is a smaller item as outlined on the course overview, for example: a jewellery box, tea caddy, writing slope... these box-shaped antiques also allow for a multitude of practical restoration applications. For further information, please email 

There will be a small cost for materials supplied by the University, but this will depend on the extent of the restoration. Large amounts of wood or veneers will have to be obtained by the student.

Terms and conditions

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.