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Old 04-20-2012, 12:04 AM   #15
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- stay away from fabric with to much cottons as they do not wear well.
I used blue-jean denim for my Compact Jr cushions. Simple and inexpensive at WalMart. The fabric is 10 years old now. The trailer sat for 4 years in an Avocado Orchard and the denim is still in good condition.
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Wearability is also about thread count (denier). Upholstery fabric is made for the friction of sliding across seats (like getting in and out of a vehicle), it doesn't (typically) stretch the threads, nor pill. What you'd sew clothing out of is often not the best for upholstery. If you consider your time as money, using the best you can afford will last longer and you won't be redoing the work time and time again... YMMV

BTW: 100% cotton has a denier of 106. Bullet Pack cloth used for boat cushion upholstery has a denier of 1680. Whether one outlasts the other by a factor of 10, depends on usage, care and UVs
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I used blue-jean denim for my Compact Jr cushions. Simple and inexpensive at WalMart. The fabric is 10 years old now. The trailer sat for 4 years in an Avocado Orchard and the denim is still in good condition.
I suspect Frederick that your denim is a bit heavier than many of the other high cotton count home decor materials and probable not subjected to many young children resulting in a need to wash to often

The big issue with using the cottons in home decor is if they have a pattern, with wear, use and washing the pattern will fade off much faster than a material with a low cotton count. In addition cotton material threads tend to wear down faster with used (due to abrasion) than other upholstery material types. Have you ever noticed that on the blue jeans you wear that the material at the knees tends to go thinner & fade faster than other parts of the jeans over time and wear? Its the cotton factor.
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Sorry to hear your foam is toast! But understand that it would be.


As far as fabric, what about using faux leather? Pleather is wipeable and wear's well. It would stand up to many a wet bathing suit, pbj sandwhich's, sippy cup issues, pet's, kids, etc...... Can be found in many color's and then you can use accent fabric's that could easily be thrown in the wash for your "picky" decor. To throw a, throw pillow in the wash after a camping trip is easy compared to cleaning your trailer cushions.


I am sure there are traditionlist that would never venture from the plaid nubby fabric, but there are other options!
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whatever fabric you end up choosing, consider covering your foam with plastic (like a garbage bag)...it will certainly make it a whole lot easier to slide the covers on and off (to launder, if needed) and also makes spot cleaning so much easier.
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Wearability is also about thread count (denier). Upholstery fabric is made for the friction of sliding across seats (like getting in and out of a vehicle), it doesn't (typically) stretch the threads, nor pill.
Wow, I learn something new every day.
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Some of the outdoor fabrics are really nice, and some are rather thin, wrinkly and not likely to be enjoyed for a long time if you actually use your trailer much. Even some of the really expensive ones. Make sure you get a sample before ordering, as most online sources will not accept returns of cut goods.
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hello.

i'm taking on the project of replacing the foam and cushion covers in our 74 boler. after a whole lot of back and forth and up and down in exploring our options, i'm settled on buying the fabric myself (because i'm picky) and having someone make the covers. i'm then going to buy the foam from ikea and cut it with an electric knife. that's the plan (today).

so, my question is about material. it seems to make good sense to get outdoor fabric. is this sound? is it wise to have the bottoms of the cushions done in vinyl? or doesn't that matter so much if the other material is outdoor fabric?

any other words of wisdom regarding thread count or any other aspect of material buying that i have little to no knowledge about?

and while i have your attention...any advice about the foam?

many thanks!!

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Hi , I see you are in BC . I've done what you are doing a few times . Have always found that Fabricland ( based in Kelowna - but I believe there is a store in Vancouver as well -if not several ) has a fairly wide selection of upholstery fabrics remnants that work well , usually very well priced . Here in Calgary we have a shop called Labbe Bedding that will cut foam to any size or shape ( even from a paper jig - I've found that cheaper for better quality than Ikea ..... I would bet that Vancouver and the Okanagan Valley ( other locals too I would think - foam being so much in use ) will have a place like that as well . Coarse I have no clue where in BC you are - but ......might be worth exploring ....
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thanks everyone. i just love this forum and all the collective great advise and perspectives.

i just ordered my fabric for a total of 152.00. not bad!!

Richloom Solarium Outdoor McCoury Stripe Beachside - Discount Designer Fabric - Fabric.com

i found a local family run business that will sew all the covers for 320.00. i'm still working on the foam. i've gotten a few quotes. the lowest being 485.00. i'm going to ikea this weekend to suss it out, then a few more foam shops to actually lay on the foam.

thanks!!!
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