About the school

About the school

Founded in 1985, the Chippendale International School of Furniture ranks amongst the world’s top five furniture making and design schools – and in 2015 the School celebrated its 30th Anniversary!

Every year our cabinet making courses buzz with up to 24 furniture designers learning the best of traditional and modern furniture making. See Student Gallery.


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Furniture courses

Furniture courses

Our furniture school runs furniture design courses and cabinet making courses, giving you the skills to become a professional furniture maker and woodworker.

  • Intensive nine-month furniture design, making and restoration course
  • Practical course with 1400 hours of hands-on bench time
  • Encouragement and enabling of design and creativity
  • Parallel assistance with marketing and public relations opportunities
  • Inspiring countryside location in Europe’s most beautiful country!
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International students

International students

The Chippendale International School of Furniture is located near Edinburgh in Scotland in the UK.

As an international school, many of our students come from outside the UK: the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South Africa, the Middle East, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kon, China and Trinidad & Tobago.

Students’ backgrounds are equally interesting and diverse.

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Short Furniture Courses

Short Furniture Courses

Our furniture school runs intensive nine-month furniture making courses, providing the equivalent of a three-year course in less than a year.

Four times a year we also run short, five-day ‘Experience Courses’, with 2016’s courses being run on the following dates:

  • Monday 4th to Friday 8th January 2016
  • Monday 4th to Friday 8th April 2016
  • Monday 27th June to Friday 1st July 2016
  • Monday 19th to Friday 23rd September 2016

Anyone completing one of our five-day courses and then going on to join our full-time course will have the cost of the short course deducted in full from the full-time course fees.

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International School of Furniture

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