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Old 09-21-2012, 11:56 PM   #29
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Upholstery people stay in business because there is a large number of nutty people towing these long aluminum tubes around....
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:53 PM   #30
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Here's the final product. The cushions ended up costing about $2000 all in. Most of the savings from the original $4000 quote was in sourcing materials myself. The covering is Naugasoft imitation leather. I've very very pleased with how it came out.

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Old 11-30-2012, 01:06 AM   #31
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Here's the final product. The cushions ended up costing about $2000 all in. Most of the savings from the original $4000 quote was in sourcing materials myself. The covering is Naugasoft imitation leather. I've very very pleased with how it came out.
Looks sharp. Good job.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:26 AM   #32
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Beautiful!

Love the color.


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Old 12-03-2012, 07:11 PM   #33
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:08 PM   #34
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I'm working quotes to redo the sofa bed in my 87 290. I'm fifteen miles from the Mexican border here in San Diego, and with all the shooting going on just over the border I'm not considering going south to have the work done! The good news is that many talented craftsmen have left N. Mexico for S. California and we're having the work done for $450.00 labor and the cost of the materials, which I am purchasing locally from a large upholstery shop. Total estimate is $700 soup to nuts........
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:19 PM   #35
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I taught myself to sew and made curtains for my van, then covers for the dinette cushions in the A/S. I wanted to attempt to make a couple of sectional pieces for my home. The woodworking was going to be the challenging part, but I'm willing to learn. What stopped the project was the cost of good upholstery foam. I can find fabric on sale or clearance that I like, but each piece of 72 x 28 x 5 foam is $250 or more. I needed four, so we're buying a couch instead.
When I redo the dinette cushions again, I will definitely reuse the foam, facing it with thin layers of new foam and batting. Next challenge - piping!
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:55 PM   #36
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Piping (cording) is easy once you catch on. After covering the cording, stitch onto your face fabric by feeding in more cording than fabric, continuing to do so as you go around. If you don't do this, you could have a puckered finished piece.

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Old 12-21-2012, 07:12 AM   #37
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Sewing upholstery is relatively simple but it takes a lot of work to pull out the couch to finish the job. I got several leather jackets and vests from a thrift store and about 7 yards of upholstery fabric from JoAnne's six years. Borrowed a Singer home (not professional) sewing machine from a friend and stitched it all together. I used the leather to trim out the fabric and covered the foam blocks for the arm rests with the leather. The leather vest pockets hold my remotes and pens. We are full timing so the couch gets a lot of use. Everything has held up better than I had hoped and it looks like I will get another 5 to maybe 10 more years out of it.
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Old 12-22-2012, 07:33 PM   #38
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Dang. I think I'm in the process of scoring a good deal.

We're having the front dinette seat and back cushions done again new, plus the whole jackknife sofa new. We purchased 2" memory foam for the sleep side of the dinette cushions, plus a piece for the jackknife sofa - which is where we sleep. We also came up with the cloth fabric for the jackknife and the sleep side of the dinette cushions off eBay.

The "eat" side of the dinette cushions will be vinyl, and the rest of the foam for the sofa and the dinette will be 3" high density.

Including the HD foam, 5 yards of vinyl, and the labor, we're paying $450.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:10 PM   #39
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Look what arrived today!

Finally feels like real progress. The fabric we chooe is a greyish tweed. Feels really nice. We are still waiting on a couple more little pillows for the back rests, but are really pleased with the end results. I paid 2300.00 total, labor and materials. I got several quotes ranging from 1700 - 2800.00.

Now who can point me a good direction for curtains?
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ddstech, that's very nice. Looks like it will wear well too!
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:31 PM   #41
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Beautiful work!

That is so beautiful! Great fabric color that really makes the wood color pop!
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That is so beautiful! Great fabric color that really makes the wood color pop!
Thanks so much! Can't wait to use it.
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