The summer has come and gone leaving memories of fun family times in the sunshine. Maybe you spent your weekends suntanning on your boat or around the campfire making s’mores and enjoying RV living. Whatever your activities, there is sure to be wear and tear on your fun toys. Why not take care of those problems now before you put them away for the winter? If you reupholster your boat or recover the seats in your camper now, you’ll be ahead of the game when it reaches 60 degrees and you’re ready to head out to the water or campground. Plus, you don’t want to risk little critters making their home in the cracks of your seat cushions all winter long.
Whether it’s a small tear or you need a full repair and recover to your leather or vinyl seats, it’s worth it to get it done now. Boat upholstery repair can save you big money, versus replacing all your seating in the future. If you do decide to take this step, it’s important to know all of the facts up front. You need to know that what you’re paying for is worth it and ensure that the material the company is using will last. You might also be wondering why you should leave this task to a professional or if you should attempt it yourself. Lucky for you, that information is spelled out below.
Boats – Marine Vinyl
Choosing a new material for your boat seat restoration will not only aid in the longevity of your boat but will also change the aesthetic and overall look. There are many materials to choose from that make your boat look its best and that will also have the durability to withstand many summers to come. The best material for boat seats you can use is marine vinyl. Marine vinyl is a waterproof or water resistant fabric that can protect the seating surfaces in your boat from water splashes or dripping. Another aspect of this waterproof material is that it is mold and mildew resistant and is UV protected. There are various brands of marine vinyl that each have their own pros and cons. However, the main difference between marine grade vinyl and standard vinyl that makes all marine upholstery stand out is the additional UV protection to prevent color fading and and the mold and mildew resistance.
Most of the time, reupholstering is cheaper than completely replacing the seats in your boat. However, the cost will generally depend on a few factors such as the material/fabric that is being used, the number of seats that you are having reupholstered, where you live and the boat reupholstering company that you’re working with. In the industry overall, the price per seat cushion is usally anywhere from $100-$300+, plus the minimum hourly job rate. This is a general estimate and does not reflect any one company.
Unlike boats which have a clear fabric type that is preferred for the industry of reupholstering the seats, RV and campers seat cushions can be reupholstered with a variety of different fabrics. You can base your decision off of matching your current upholstery or create a whole new look by choosing a different material. Depending on the material you choose, you can also spend as much or as little as you want. There are a few factors you might want to consider before you settle on a fabric for your new seats. One consideration may be if you have children, grandchildren, or pets. These lovable little people and pets can cause more messes than usual and are generally harder on items than adults. If you do travel with kids or pets you might want to consider a more durable fabric such as midweight denim. Yes, denim as in the same fabric as your jeans. Denim is a durable and easy-clean fabric. Another option for you might be microsuede. If you are older, travel alone, or aren’t that worried about seat cushions getting dirty or wearing fast, there is always upholstery fabrics.
Now for the cost, prices can be all over the board depending on the company and fabric chosen. However, dining cushions or other cushions in your RV and camper can be repaired or redone pretty cheaply. If you want specially upholstered cushions you can run into quite a bit of money being spent.
Replacing your boat seats or RV/camper cushions is one easy way to give your outdoor toys a visual boost! In reupholstering and choosing what you want, you are able to show your own style and personality.
Professional Repair or DIY?
Now, should you complete the boat seat repair or reupholster of the seat cushions on your own or leave it to a professional? It can be a relatively easy skill to reupholster some items such as certain chairs, stools, and other furniture. If you mess up on something like that, it’s generally not too big of a concern and you can start over on your DIY home project. However, when considering big ticket items like reupholstering a boat or an RV, even if it’s just a small repair, we suggest leaving it to the pros and consider an upholstery repair shop. You might spend a little more money, but in the end you will be happier with the outcome. Reupholstering is a craft and takes time to learn.
If you do decide to invest in replacement boat seat covers by way of reupholstery, there are a few things you need to remember to keep your boat or RV in tip top shape for next season. Remember to keep your upholstery clean at all times to ensure a longer life. You should also winterize your boat and cover it in the off-season. You may want to think about storing your RV in a building when not used as well. We hope this article was helpful in your decision on whether or not to repair or reupholster your boat or RV. If you decide to hire a professional shop, Call Surface Repair at (515) 276-5453 for any further questions.