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Old 03-07-2004, 10:33 PM   #1
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Rivet Padded fabric on the walls (rear bedroom)

I have a 1987 29' Sovereign w/ twin beds. On the walls running the length of each bed their is a strip of padded fabric about 1' tall X 8.5' long. I removed it and found that it is actually just some type of paper/cardboard that has foam and fabric sewn to it.

My question is....has anybody replaced these pieces before and if so what did they use? I like the padding beside the beds but the old fabric just does not match the new curtains so they've got to go.

If anyone has pictures of a remodel they've done or advice on what material to use instead of the cardboard/foam/material I'd appreciate it.

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Old 03-07-2004, 10:55 PM   #2
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The reason for the padded, upholstered cardboard is that it needs to be very lightweight to attach easily to the compound curves and the back.

We used a very heavy, but short napped carpet remnant. I cut it, then had the edges bound. You will need a pattern as any carpet will need a "V" cut at the rear corner to make the turn. If you start with the upper edge cut on a straight line, this will, in turn, cause the upper edge to head downhill. Try it first with a paper patten and you will see what I mean.

You can, of course, upholster another piece of cardboard - it really is a very rational solution to a tricky fitting problem.

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When we redid the MH I reused the padded pieces. All I did was cover over the existing fabric and cardboard with some polyfelt and then some of the matching fabric we were using. I used contact cement spray glue to hold it all in place. The screws to hold it to the wall mechanically fasten it all together. I have done it that way in 2 coaches so far and it has worked well.
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Old 03-08-2004, 06:49 AM   #4
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I recovered the original pieces.
You can duplicate pattern without "Notches". The cardboard is not Square, it is shaped with a slight curve. If you lay it flat , you will see what I mean.

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Ours shares the same vinyl/leather like material that covers my barrel chairs and other trim now.
Gave the bedroom area a more modern look than the old 80's fabric.
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WE REPLACED SOME OF THAT SAME TYPE WALL COVERING ON A 1981 EXCELLA AND WE USED A SHORT PILE COMMERCIAL GRADE CARPET....WORKED GREAT!
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