Introduction to Professional Fitting
Learn how to measure and assess windows, including bay windows and awkward shapes.
Learn how to fit hardware; tracks, poles, blinds, pelmets, valances, lathes, swags & tails, arched windows and electric systems. Build a pelmet shelf to fit a bay window. How to fit and dress in window dressings.
Discussion on tools and equipment required.
- How to set up a business, how to cost and relationship with suppliers, curtain makers and customers.
|Entry Requirement||All levels welcome, including absolute beginners|
|Course Timing||09:00 to 17:00|
A deposit payment is required to secure your place on a course. Balance payment is due to be settled at least 14 days prior to the course start date.
All course fees are inclusive of specialist products and materials, designer fabrics and a comprehensive step-by-step manual. We provide refreshments throughout the day. Bovingdon village is within walking distance and has a selection of food stores. We have a fridge for packed lunches. Free parking on site at Bury Farm.
On completion of this course students will be awarded an Accredited Certificate.
Victoria Hammond Interiors is accredited by AIM Awards which is an approved British Awarding Body, regulated by Ofqual. We are registered with UKRLP as a Learning Provider and also an approved member of other reputable organisations, including the Association of Master Upholsterers & Soft Furnishers.
ONSITE Introduction to Professional Fitting
Trainer: Gary Benton
Running a successful curtain making business requires a thorough understanding of how to fit hardware, whether you are employing a professional fitter or doing the fitting yourself. This course provides students with a thorough understanding of professional fitting with practical interaction.
Gary Benton is an independent fitter working directly for various trade suppliers, interior designers and specialist curtain and blind supply companies. Although having worked with his father (a life long upholstery specialist) during the 1980s & 90s dealing with contract and specialist upholstery, Gary started in the curtain and blind business by joining Silent Gliss in 1996 and managing their installation teams. During his time at Silent Gliss he worked with their wide diversity of customers who supply and install to almost every aspect of the curtain and blind industry. Leaving Silent Gliss in 2000 to work with one of their customers in London, dealing with their installations in the high end residential market. Moving on again in 2002 to become an independent installer working with suppliers to the London and Europe/Middle East markets who needed his installation experience to install many of their prestigious projects. After many years of dealing with installing in high end residential he has diversified out to deal with suppliers more local to Kent and now deals about 50/50 with independent outlets and suppliers to high end residential and commercial.
- Comprehensive discussion and demonstration on tracks, poles, blinds, pelmets, valances, lathes, swags & tails, arched windows and fitting accessories, including electric systems.
- Demonstration on how to study various windows taking all factors into consideration to determine type of fitting and fixings required.
- Students will learn how to measure (and record) all window shapes, including bay windows and awkward shapes.
- Practical sessions;
– Students will learn how to fit tracks, poles, blinds and pelmets (including shaping into bay windows).
– Making of pelmet shelves and lathes.
– Hanging and dressing of curtains, blinds and other window dressings.
- Discussion on tools and equipment required.
- Costing; how to cost for a job.
- Setting up and running a business;
– how to become self-employed
– how to get business
– health and safety issues
– working on domestic and commercial projects
– relationship with curtain makers and customers
– professional insurance