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Old 12-28-2014, 04:44 PM   #1
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Ultraleather for couch recover

I am gathering information to have my couch recovered in my 310 motorhome. Im looking for some input on the foam and fabric. With all the good things Ive read about ULTRALEATHER I think Ill be using it for my fabric. The best price I have found is from onlinefabricstore. They want about $64 per yard for what I would like to use. Does anyone have another source for the ULTRALEATHER that you would care to recommend?

The foam that I am considering for the seat portion is rated at medium firm with an ILD 33 and density of 3.1. I am thinking of a softer foam for the back with ILD 18 and density of 2.4.
I will order the foam with a dacron cover. Does anyone have recommendations on a source for the foam? Do you think Im on the right track with the ratings for the seat and back?

This project is way out of my comfort zone, I dont know anything about reupholstering and will be having this constructed by a professional.

I would really appreciate your info and recommendations.

Thank you so much,
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Old 12-28-2014, 04:59 PM   #2
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Like any subject here some love and some hate it. I read enough negative reviews to decide to go with something else. I have a cat and do not think they would be compatible.
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Old 12-28-2014, 05:03 PM   #3
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What did you end up going with AWCHIEF?
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Old 12-28-2014, 05:07 PM   #4
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Have not really decided. Still talking to my sewing lady about it. She is going to make simple slip covers whenever I make up my mind.
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Old 12-28-2014, 05:32 PM   #5
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Not to question your choice of fabric, but merely to offer a second choice to those of us out there that have more than one couch. It can get pretty $$$$ in a hurry with Ultraleather.

We are getting all three couches recovered in our 310, however we decided on a Sunbrella fabric even though we originally bought a Naugahyde product for the couches. The Sunbrella fabric won us over due to weight, cost per yard, toughness and will not fade due to sun.
The Ultraleather is nice but can get hot or cool depending on sun, where as the Sunbrella stays pretty even, hot or cold.
As for foam your fabric upholstery person should be able to set you up with some samples to test with.

Post some pics of the end result for us to see.
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We have ultra leather in our 2015 and realy like it ,we have two declawed cats ( front paws only ) I m really picky and have not had them in the trailer yet. So can't tell how good it is for that although the airstream site says ultra leather is pet friendly.

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Old 12-28-2014, 06:14 PM   #7
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I don't have a source for ultraleather but I will add that it came on my gaucho when I bought my trailer 9 years ago. It has survived two 100# Labradors and still looks like new. I thought it would be easy for things to catch on it and tear but that hasn't happened, yet I could see how it could be problematic if you have a cat with claws. I do put a blanket down when the dogs are on it though.

The cloth material that came on the dinette wore out and has since been replaced with a sunbrella-type fabric and it is holding up well so far.

I don't think you can go wrong with either, although I find the ultraleather to be much softer on the skin and much nicer for the gaucho.
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Thats an interesting idea Tony I will check out their products. One thing I had read about the ULTRALEATHER is that it does breath a bit, not sure how true that is, would like some feed back.

We do have a dog and pet friendly is important. He doesnt dig or scratch at our leather furniture in the house but we do keep a throw where he likes to lay.
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Old 12-28-2014, 06:59 PM   #9
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Dammit Tony, I thought i had this figured out! Thats good looking fabric and good for our application. I ordered a couple samples.
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Old 12-28-2014, 07:03 PM   #10
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Dammit Tony, I thought i had this figured out! Thats good looking fabric and good for our application. I ordered a couple samples.
Sorry to throw a monkey wrench into the works but it is good stuff.

As far as style goes, as you're most unlikely to use the couch as a bed you're able to do any style you want.

Is your couch a pull over double bed like mine? If so you may want to double check with your upholsterer that it would be able to work as a bed or not.

I have two styles, back couches are flat and form a king size bed when folded over. Front forms a double bed.

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We are going with Sunbrella for all the interior fabric. We have it on some garden furniture that has taken the general grim associated with being on a deck plus being sat on by our dog (which appears to have legs shorter than it's stomach is round, resulting in a constantly dirty, often wet belly) and still cleans up well.

We have Dupione Dove for the slips over the twin mattresses, but then Cassidy Pebble (stripe) for the bed bumpers, the pillow slips and rear pano drapes. Added to the flooring, maple cabinetry and granite laminate gives this overall color palette. Although you can get Sunbrella from a few national retailers (Jo-Anns, Crate and Barrel etc) these guys are one of the cheapest inline (Decorative Fabrics Direct - Upholstery and Drapery Fabric At Mill Direct Pricing !)



If you are looking at replacing the couch have you seen these guys (rv seating) they do some nice seating packages.
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I've pretty much decided against re-upholstering my front sofa in my 345. Decided that with 25 year old foam, it just wasn't worth the cost. Shop4Seats.com has my eye at the moment. I just need to decide which style I like best, as well as what I want for material.

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I have Ultraleather and had a cat. I also have leather furniture in the sticks and bricks. I also have leather seats in the truck. The cat's claws will scratch Ultraleather, but it is easier to clean than fabric upholstery. We had fabric upholstery in our other trailer and had to put towels on the couch, chairs, and dinette benches to control cat hair. Black cat and light upholstery fabric don't go together well. White cat and dark colored upholstery don't go together. I have scratches on my Ultraleather and on my leather furniture in the house and on my leather seats in the truck. The scratches are minor from the cat jumping on or jumping off. We will get another cat. The scratches are a small price to pay for the joy our pets bring us.
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