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Old 03-09-2006, 10:09 PM   #1
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I've been getting quotes from professional shops to redo my Bolers cushions. So far, the best is $800 from a shop thats been in business for 35 years and he even came to the house to measure. I had another for slightly more and yet another for $1000+

Keep in mind these are professional businesses that will custom fit using my choise of fabric an provide new zippers. There were several types of fabric that he brought that he uses in trailers/RV's a lot and they were very sturdy and had cool patterns.

Does the $800 sound reasonable.

Any thoughts before I pull the trigger?

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Old 03-09-2006, 10:44 PM   #2
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What is worth something to one is not worth something to another. If this value is worth it to you and you can do it go ahead, but if you go to sell your unit I don't think future buyers would think that improvement is worth that kind of money. If the going rate doesn't include new foam I think it is rather high.

No way could I spend that kind of money on a trailer. I looked at a year old Scamp parts list and a full set of 7 cushions is $480. If only only wants the covers (no foam) the price was $265. That price was from a year ago. Not sure how different your trailer cushions are from a Scamp. The Scamp foam is a bit firm (but lasts) and the first thing I did was make memory foam toppers for the Scamp cushions....which was nearly the same as doing the whole job myself.

I presume you want the dining table to be used, and you aren't going to make that a full time bed. If one makes it into a full time bed a do it yourself job is even easier.

From your other post it looks like you don't want the back on the front bench, so you wouldn't want the Scamp front cushion (I hate that banana piece).

The way Keith and Dee did theirs you don't even need to sew. I can understand why you got bids so high, it is labor intensive. I have made cushion covers with zippers and it isn't fun. That was why I liked the way Keith and Dee did it.

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Old 03-09-2006, 10:49 PM   #3
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Dan, I just had another thought. Maybe the fabric you are looking at is quite expensive (I tend to shop for upholstry fabric at remnant tables). If the fabric you want has plaids that need to be matched or other patterns that have a repeat that needs to be considered the cost can get quite high. Notice again Keith and Dee's cushions on the other thread. They chose a fabric that is easy to work with, no pattern repeat, etc. When the fabric gets old or they get tired of it there is little cost in replacing it.

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Old 03-09-2006, 11:25 PM   #4
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Thanks Nancy,

I agree, cost is realitive. I didn't even think that I could order them from Scamp, I'll give them a shout tomorrow. I want/need new cushions and feel I will have it for some time to enjoy....now that I have come to grips with the fact a 17 is not in the future....for now!

With that, I did talk to the guy at the local foam shop. He says they have an in house sew shop and they are "a lot cheaper" than other places. I sent him dimensions and will hopefully hear back on Friday.

More to follow.
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Old 03-10-2006, 12:43 AM   #5
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I've been getting quotes from professional shops to redo my Bolers cushions. So far, the best is $800 from a shop thats been in business for 35 years and he even came to the house to measure. I had another for slightly more and yet another for $1000+

Keep in mind these are professional businesses that will custom fit using my choise of fabric an provide new zippers. There were several types of fabric that he brought that he uses in trailers/RV's a lot and they were very sturdy and had cool patterns.

Does the $800 sound reasonable.

Any thoughts before I pull the trigger?

Dan
Dan,

I am in the process of having my cushions recovered. The foam is still good and I have already bought the fabric. (denverfabric.com) I am going to have the egdes piped (that almost doubled the price). I figured I'm only going to do this once, I want it nice. I will be paying close to that $800 price tag. If that price is for new foam, fabric and labor...I think it's a good price.

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Old 03-10-2006, 01:12 AM   #6
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We did away with the bunks in the front of our Trillium and had a 'polstery shop redo a foam sofa with seperate seat an back. The seat also has a 50/50 split in it to allow for easier access to storage unnerneith the seat. The fabric is 'spensive and has custom thread work on it all plus custom matched piping! Total cost, about $1200 Canadian with the major costs beind in the custom fitting of the foam which in the corners is EASILY over a foot thick. Next up on the list is something to recover the rear "double" bed, with matching colors n threads.....
P.S. the front seat now closely resembles a sofa with solid arms, etc.!
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Doug - Photos, please! This sounds very interesting!
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Old 03-10-2006, 11:03 AM   #8
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Has anyone actually bought new cushions from Scamp and put them in an older Boler....say a '75?

I just called them and got dimensions, they are all slightly different an inch or so here and there. I'll need to go home tonight and remeasure the Boler to see if it would actually work.....

any do this before?

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Old 03-10-2006, 06:42 PM   #9
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I have a few pix (and equipement) but not the knowledge how to post them...still learnin'!!
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Old 03-10-2006, 07:36 PM   #10
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My upholsterer is also an insurance agent, and just as mine were to be reupholstered, Katrina and Rita blew in !! That stopped progress on my bed cushion covers !

I had already bought the fabric, memory foam and regular dense foam, and the foam glue to stick them together. As I had to leave with the camper, before he had time to do the covers, I had to quickly do it myself. The bed is always made up, as I have another dinette, which he had already upholstered. So I used the same spray glue for the foam, and glued the fabric all around the mattress. It was still all in one piece. It is really stuck, and doesn't move, but I will be able to PEEL . off the fabric when he has time to get back to upholstering, and do it properly, with the piping all around the cushions.

Just letting you know that there is a quick fix.
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Old 03-10-2006, 08:44 PM   #11
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Dan, I would buy your own fabric and post an ad on the bultion boards around your town looking for experienced seamstress to make cusion covers. I'll be willing to bet you could get a very nice job for a fraction of the price and probably help someone out in your community who needs a little extra cash.

For fabrics check out the remnants and end of bolt racks in the back of your local fabric stores. I have found some really nice stuff for about $5 a yard.
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I spent $130 for 10 yards of fabric at Cutting Corners (a discount drapery and upholstery fabric store) and paid $264 at an upholstery shop to cover my cushions. The cost at the upholstery shop included adding extra thickness to the back cushions to make them the same as the seat cushions. Tom Trostel
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Old 03-11-2006, 02:53 PM   #13
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Dan,

You get what you pay for in most cases. If you want state of the art foam ( the right stiffness for you) and top quality fabric that will wear great and can be cleaned well, and is made for such an installation with professional sewing, yes, it costs at least the figures you are speaking of.

If the pre made Scamp cushions fit, that would be close to half the price.
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I am nearly finished with a complete re-upholstering of all our Burro cushions. Bought discontinued fabric locally at $9 per yard for the first cushion, front, which is also the biggest one.

Starting out, I removed the old fabric and used it as a pattern. That made making the new cover easier, but when it was done stuffing the old foam cushion into it became a battle royal, a fight to the finish, a death struggle, etc etc. That foam resisted to the end. It lost that battle, and is now inside my new homemade cushion. But leaving the old fabric on it would have made it slide much much easier into the new cover. A lesson was learned. We decided we didn't need patterns for the rest of the cushions. I also found out along the way those 6 inch thick seat cushions are extremely expensive, so additional advice is....if you got 'em, keep them! I think if you are not up to doing it yourself finding a local seamstress is a great idea. Otherwise, go ahead and drain your savings account.

We saved a bundle doing it all ourselves, and I had fun learning how to do piping. Wife Nancy was my very patient teacher. She never chastised me though I broke several needles and whined mightlily when I couldn't get the machine to do what I wanted.
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