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The seats in our breakfast nook of our Class C are getting pretty bad from all the sliding in and out over the past 10 years.

We are ready to replace the upholstery but need to find the right/best fabric for recovering them... My DW and I do not know what type of fabric we should get to replace them.. Figure that an upholsterer can do the job but do not want to get some fabric that will not wear well or cleanup after the grandkids, etc...

Is there a good place to look for or buy replacement covering material for RV's? Should we avoid cotton fabrics in favor of polyester and rayon? Or are there better fabrics to get?

Hope some of you folks with some experience in this area can give us some good tips. We figure we will have a local upholstery shop do the work as we are not good at doing something like this but finding the right fabric is important.

The seat cushions also lie flat when we convert the nook to a bed.

Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions..

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I need to do the same thing so I'll be watching this thread. I'm leaning towards the "Microfiber" material and up-grading the foam also.


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Any fabric store has upholstery fabric. Pick what you like. One word of caution,this stuff is very heavy and a standard sewing machine will probably not work.


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Id start getting recomends for a good upolsterer in your AO and you might look into some one who does "marine" uppolstry, ifn they good they will be happy to discuss fabrics with you and put on whatever you want. It does pay to be familiar with fabrcs so you know your not geting BSed. I know some in my area dont even want to mess with RV's


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We have a fabric outlet not to far from us that has a big selection and they do upholstery. You might have something like that near you.


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We used slipcovershop.com to make our elasticized covers for the dining bench seats. They also make zippered covers. They have a form we filled out with the dimensions. They make the covers and ship them out.
They also sent us 3 fabric samples of our choosing before we decided on the fabric. We would use them again if needed.


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You may want to try contacting the company that originally made your cushions - not the company that made the RV. We still had a tag on one of ours and I called the company. They made brand new cushions in my choice of fabric including new foam that were an exact replacement with the naugahyde backs on them. They cost a lot less than having the old ones recovered by an upholstery shop - less than $400 for the whole set. On mine, the company was Newhouse RV Upholstery. They couldn't find their original patterns for mine, so I took the covers off and sent them to them. The new cushions are perfect.


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We had a micro-fiber covered living room set, that was supposedly the greatest thing since the invention of nylon. I hated that thing. It was supposed to be stain resistant, plus treated with an additional stain repellent (at extra cost) with warranty. After having a grandkid stain it, and getting the "cleaner" out to "fix" it, and having to argue about whether or not the warranty covered it, plus the fact that the fabric attracted pet hair like duct tape, PLUS the fact that the thing was just too big and heavy to move when DW wanted to re-arrange, we traded it to a used furniture store for lighter stuff with normal fabrics.

I would look in the Yellow Pages for Upholstery, and talk to some local businesses about the job. They should have samples of the fabrics they normally work with.

But, IMO, stay away from the micro-fiber stuff!


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Forget the upholstery and go out and buy a nice NEW motorhome, preferably a 40 ft diesel pusher with all the bells & whistles. Gotta do your share for the economy you know.


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