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Soft Furnishings for Interior Designers

Soft Furnishings for Interior Designers

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Maria Evans


Designed for aspiring professional designers, Soft Furnishings for Interior Design will provide you with valuable advice and guidance, to make sure your designs work – first time and help you avoid those expensive mistakes.

It is essential as a practicing designer, to offer bespoke furnishings, rather than buying ready-mades. You will learn how to brief curtain makers and upholsterers.

You will become familiar with the professional terminology to confidently discuss ideas with tradespersons. And gain advice on understanding fabric labels and specifying suitable fabrics.

There will also be an opportunity to consider how designers use a range of fabric based items to create bespoke interiors and provide solutions for ‘problem’ windows. Please be advised that this is not a course that will help you to assemble fabrics and colours.

The course will be lecture based with a few short group activities.

Topics covered

  • A thorough understanding of fabric characteristics
  • Considerations in fabric selection
  • Window treatment options for window dressing
  • Upholstery construction and finish
  • Bed treatments to enhance the overall look of the room
  • Accessories for completing the look

Course outcomes
At the end of the course, you will have a thorough knowledge of the range of window treatments, and understand
how to select the most suitable option for the space. You will be able to interpret fabric label information and
have a greater knowledge of terminology to help you, and to be able to communicate with trade suppliers. You will
be shown how to incorporate the installation space for a window finish into plans.

Who should Aattend
Aspiring or practicing interior designers looking to develop their understanding of the professional soft furnishing trade.

All levels

View PDF to explore progression: Interior Design: Your Journey [188kb]

Tutor Description

Maria Evans is a practicing interior designer with a specialist focus on soft furnishing. She has been running her own successful soft furnishing business since 2001. Maria's business projects range from high-end residential private clients, to award winning real estate developers and commercial developments. She works both in the UK and abroad and has been teaching at Chelsea since 2017 on the interior design short course and is now starting a dedicated soft furnishings course in 2018.


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • A pen and HB pencil

  • A note pad

  • A Laptop or tablet to source information

Please note that most of the materials needed for short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates