Restoring 1960s Furniture (short course)

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Why study this course?

Inject new life into your mid-century furniture with the beautiful designs of the 60s. You will gain practical skills in restoring furniture from structural repairs or replacements all the way to refinishing in the correct oil. Discover the famous names and designers who made unique pieces during this interesting period in furniture design.

More about this course

This course is aimed at professionals who would like to expand their skill set, keen hobbyists who can appreciate the aesthetics of style and design of mid-century furniture from around the world and those who would like to bring a favourite piece back to life.

Students will provide themselves with two projects in order to have an alternative project to work on while one is drying or clamped and also to increase their learning potential.

Fees and key information

Course type
Short Course
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Course structure

The areas we will cover on the course include:

  • Initial assessment of your knowledge of tools, materials and joints. Project assessment. Identifying the quality/maker of the piece.
  • Dismantling projects ready for repairing. Selecting the timbers for new sections.
  • Learning the use of tools safely and correctly to effect a repair.
  • Looking at the methods used to clamp items together, selecting the correct type of adhesives and the needs for dry runs in restoration.
  • Discussing and identifying the uses of veneers to restore. Looking at their production and uses throughout the industry. Problem solving and the techniques involved.
  • Gluing and clamping methods, problem solving. Joint structure/types, why and how. Discussion on the reason for particular joint use.
  • Identifying the finishes used in the 1960s. We'll be discussing and justifying:
    • Oils
    • Shellac
    • Varnishes
    • Cellulose
  • Cleaning, staining, and preparing surfaces for re-finishing.
  • Refinishing and colour matching. Selecting the correct finish type and reasons. Identifying the abrasives needed in finishing.
  • Continuing the re-finishing and repeat and reinforce all subjects in previous classes.

Please note this course will not cover upholstery – if you are interested in learning this skill, we have a number of suitable and complementary Upholstery short courses

Course dates

Course dates Autumn dates will be confirmed in August
Length One day a week over six weeks
Day and time Tuesday, 10.30am to 5.30pm
Maximum class size 8
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?

The cost of materials is included in the course fee.

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.