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Old 04-17-2012, 10:44 AM   #1
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cushion cover material advise?

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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Old 04-17-2012, 10:56 AM   #2
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Lisa,
The foam will be your biggest expense. I just had my covers only, not the foam replaced with a nice micro-fiber fabric all the way around, no vinyl on the bottom. Luckily I found a fabric store going out of business to get the fabric needed with a little extra. Color kind of matches the new carpeting and the color of my TV.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:36 PM   #3
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If I was going to change the fabric in my trailer, I'd look at Sunbrella. A number of Escape owners have put Sunbrella upholstery in their new trailers since Reace and Tammy allow owners to completely customize the fabrics.

Glen Raven Sunbrella Fabric - Indoor and Outdoor Canvas, Sold By The Yard

http://tonicliving.com/

http://www.outdoorfabrics.com/
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:58 PM   #4
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Lisa it can be the outdoor fabric such as Sunbrella or an upholstery fabric - stay away from fabric with to much cottons as they do not wear well. Arlene's has a lot of good fabrics for the job. No need IMHO to put vinyl on the bottoms - in fact it will restrict you if you ever get a stain on a cushion and you cant get it out - you would not be able to just flip the cushion over.
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:54 AM   #5
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If local fabric choices are limited, you can look online. Many vendors offer free or low-cost samples. (I've used winterbeach modern, and several others.) Many offer quality seating fabrics used by major manufacturers like Herman Miller and Knoll, and list the fabric content and double-rub count. Some have a stain-resistant finish, which is a nice plus. As Carol suggested, I'd stay away from cotton, as the organic content mildews more easily. Vinyl on the bottom is unnecessary.
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:27 AM   #6
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The original covers in our trailer had upholstery material on one side and leatherette/vinyl on the other. We reversed them for bad weather days and dogs but omitted that with the new ones. Materials made for the outdoors seem too harsh/stiff for me to be comfortable but what about a good upholstery material and Scotchguard to preserve it from errant spills? Is there a mill ends store in your area? Sometimes you can get up to 75% off.
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:30 AM   #7
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If I was going to change the fabric in my trailer, I'd look at Sunbrella. A number of Escape owners have put Sunbrella upholstery in their new trailers since Reace and Tammy allow owners to completely customize the fabrics.

Glen Raven Sunbrella Fabric - Indoor and Outdoor Canvas, Sold By The Yard

Tonic Living - Retro futon covers, retro fabric, pillows, upholstery fabric

OutdoorFabrics.com - Your Online Sunbrella® Fabric Superstore

Good to know Donna, and ParkLiner is starting to use it also.
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:46 AM   #8
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Joan and I just went through the same decision and research, we went with Sunbrella fabric. Shop around for price, our local distributor wanted $69 yard for the material, We bought it on-line for $14 for exactly the same product.
We are also having the cushions made with the Sunbrella top and sides, the bottoms we are using vinyl so that if you are wet from swimming or the kids visit you just flip the cushions to a water resistant easy clean side.

Also research you foam, less expensive foam is usually of lesser quality, talk to the person who is sewing up you cushions. If they are experienced they can provide some advice and maybe even get good quality upholstery foam at a whole rate
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:15 AM   #9
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Lisa, You have gotten great info on fabric's and the out door fabric company's have gotten some great prints now.


But I have to ask, is your foam trashed? Because, foam can be very expensive and if it's still got some bounce to it, it can be cleaned and then you only have to replace the cushion cover's.
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Lisa, I forgot to mention that when I talked to the pros about what to use a couple of them suggested that the mirco fiber/ultra suede type material that Patti mentioned was a real good choose as well - washes & wears very well. I actually was going to use it but could not find enough of it in the color I wanted.
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:13 PM   #11
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think if i was going to do it, mine would be red glitter diamond tufted vinyl,,,that 50's diner look.
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Old 04-18-2012, 02:14 PM   #12
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thank you. thank you. great advise.

robin, the foam definitely does need to be replaced. it's thin, super uncomfortable, it stinks, and it's time for an upgrade. no question. my husband pressed me on this one too. i had him lay down on it for just 5 minutes. i won the debate

it seems people have had a good outcome buying a foam mattress from ikea and cutitng it themselves. this option runs about 300.00 for foam. i'm also getting several quotes from upholsterers. some have an in on foam, some (basement mom & pop's) don't. i'll keep looking and thinking.

i like some of the sunbrella designs. i'm in love with a particular robert allen fabric, but i can't seem to find it here and shipping it internationally is an arm and a leg. i'm headed to fabricana this afternoon for a peek. carol, i went to arlene's (twice) but didn't find anything i loved for less than $50/yard. sigh.... i also looked at the microfiber but couldn't find one i liked. (did i mention i'm really picky??)

i will check out those online stores this afternoon!

i didn't even think of the "flip factor"! i have a 3 year old and a 4 year old! of course i will need to hide a stain!! forget the vinyl backing!

thanks for all the advise. keep it coming. i'm looking forward to showing you a picture of my final product once that magical happy day comes!
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If want durable without regard to expense worsted wool. It's what the tour buses use for their seats.
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Hello,
Here's a couple places I like for outdoor fabrics:
Sunbrella : Grommets : Clear Vinyl : Marine Vinyl : Outdoor Fabrics : Seattlefabrics.com
Rockywoods Outdoor Fabrics
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