Nobody has mentioned finding a woman relative or friend to do the designing. Pick someone whose house/apt look you really like. Most women would love to design if they have the impulse-use it. And watch your games. Otherwise consider this- take out the couch entirely and get 2 lounge chairs- the kind the feet go up- tv tables and watch the games! We saw this in one of the trailers we were looking at. Summerkid -you are by Ikea? We arent do for one until next summer. And some items say store only. silver suz
Nobody has mentioned finding a woman relative or friend to do the designing. Pick someone whose house/apt look you really like...
Don't pick a woman you want to date. You may not say no when she wants to do unreasonable things like take your posters down . And you will end up with throw cushions everywhere you turn. Then when she dumps you for someone with a younger trailer, your interior will always remind you of her.
Don't pick a woman you ever dated, and remained "good friends" in your opinion. She will still remember the "terrible thing" you did that you don't remember. You will end up with a purple wall & flower prints for your fabric. And cushions.
I taught myself to sew from the internet (see Rog - it can be done). I made new lighting from Ikea lights as well.
Get out! Did you really sew those up yourself? I'm SO impressed. If you can pass along any links to 'how to sew' sites, please do. I have a roll of canvas here just waiting to be made into an awning, as soon as I figure out how...
Yep - those were my first ones, my bigger ones look better. I used my mother's old Singer - she later gave me an even better "elna" machine. It's kind of fun. I learned using this site. sewing.about.com/library/blfeaturerank.htm I started with the envelope pillows, then used the "box pillow" lesson for learning the ropes on the cushions. I also purchased a book on auto upholstery - but I only used the section on a "stadium box cushion." I'd love to redo my car, but it seems a bit more advanced than I have skill.
The awning should be fairly easy to sew. PM me if you want some hints.
I redid my cushions in " thick " bluejean. I like the vibe but the bluejean was
still too thin, and it always looks rumpled. I would suggest a thickish upolstery.
SJRV just did one in burgandy leather..................whoa.....way cool!
A few years ago, a female friend bought me a book called "Color For Men." I suppose she was giving me a hint; but at least it wasn't soap, underarm deodorant, new underwear, or mouthwash.
Anyway, the book had a very simplistic approach to color selection. Based on your body colors and the colors of clothing that looked best on you, you would use those colors to categorize yourself as a Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall. If you are a Winter the cool blues, grays, black and darker subdued colors were the choice. Spring called for light pastel colors. Summer meant you were best suited (no pun intented) for bright, flashy colors. If you were a Fall guy then earthtones such as brown, orange, and maroon were the way to go. You may refer to the other color choices available when selecting text color in the Forum's "Reply to Thread" for further examples.
Anyway, you may want to try that philosophy in your quest to determine how to dress out your Airstream. So from one color challenged guy to another, pick a SEASON and go for it; otherwise seek professional assistance. Good Luck!!
.......This will largely be a function of the quality of your foam, and the price of good quality foam may be a bit of a shock as well. Note that you currently have cushions without upholstery buttons. I'd want to keep them that way if I were sleeping on them.
There are some threads in the archives on foam choices.
Like Mark said, go for it......
The AB talked me out of putting a 2" top foam of "tempurpedic" or similar "memory foam" on the couch or dinette -- If I had it to do over, there would be this type of foam in there -- you usually only get a chance to go around once!
One downside is the weight....it's pretty heavy.
"Suck it up, spend the bucks, do it right the first time."
I'm a guy. I am very grateful to all who contributed helpful advice. What I did was take the cushions to the upholsterer who is a Gal and did not know who won the 1984 World series. On the plus side, she is kinda attractive but I never dated her and don't think I'll wind up with obnoxious cushions. The wheat with the olive green swatch she showed me turned out to be discontinued so I told her to use her best judgement. Anything will be an improvement. I will post pics when done...approx 2 weeks.
Once again, thanks to all for the advice.
Now I gotta go scratch something.
May you camp where wind won’t hit you, where snakes won’t bite and bears won’t git you.
Considering that I'm lurking on the forum 24 hours a day, how did I miss all the activity on this thread?
Rog, if you ever need similar help, call me! I would never in a million years have charged you--anything I ever offer on the forum is just to be generous. Got a full-time job, a lucrative book contract & the OK-not-so-lucrative art sideline. The last thing I want from other forum members who have been so generous with me is money. But glad you found another attractive gal to help you out.
Marc, Dwell IS awesome. AD is getting kind of stuffy & incestuous & irrelevant. But it's still the holy grail for recognition, let's face it. I'll PM you details if I don't forget.
Stef, if you are going to be doing upholstery, GET A SOLID MACHINE. Bernina is my favorite, and you can get a basic used one for a few hundred dollars. Elna, Pfaff are other good brands. If you get a flimsy one you will be fighting it every step of the way.
Suz, not only am I not near Ikea, I would never GO near it.
Liberty Belle's cushions must be reupholstered. I'm a Guy.
I've found a local upholstery shop who will do the job affordably (less than the price of season tickets for the Detroit Lions) but they are asking me questions like which fabric, what color, etc. They have shown me about a zillion swatches and asked me to choose one.
I'm a Guy. I know who won the 1984 World Series and I know Michael Jordan's favorite brand of underwear but how is a Guy supposed to select a fabric for vintage AS cushions?
Maybe something to match beer stains or one that is dog pee repellant? Should I select a color that won't clash with the Dale Earnhardt poster on my wall?
A Guy can reasonably be expected to select a proper fishing lure or the correct load for skeet shooting but asking him to select a proper upholstery fabric is like asking his favorite quiche recipe.
I need help.
I'm a single guy w/ a dog...... Never been happier. I just had my upholstery redone by a little old lady up in Maine. She thought I was crazy why I picked out this. Maybe it was Auston Powers of maybe it was the paint stripper but I love um. Everyone I've shown has liked them. My advice (IMHO) is pick out what you will like and forget everyone else.... your the one (maybe a pet) that has to like them.