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Old 06-10-2008, 01:31 PM   #57
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Nice Look! I think we are going with the tropical theme in our AS as well. My husband is polynesian and we ALL KINDS of decorative items to help with the feel. WELL . . and we can't forget the Electric pink flamingos!

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Thanks, Kani...tropical looks seem to work quite well with the Airstreams... Post some pics when you get yours all dressed up!
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Old 06-10-2008, 01:54 PM   #58
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Your interior looks quite comfy, Vaughan!
Thanks!

I use a wireless desktop with a lap desk from the Lane recliner in the photo. I am soon going to rip up the carpet and put down cork tiles from Lumber Liquidators: Browse & Refine Products. That should lighten it up a bit and make it easier to keep clean. I have been looking for a photo of the cloth I am trying to get, but can't find one here. I will add that when I get home.
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Old 06-10-2008, 06:53 PM   #59
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Rivet Cloth in Question

Here is a photo of the cloth that I am trying to get for my sofa. This is one of the cushions (still in plastic from the factory) from the new dinette I got from Steve and Amy.
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Old 06-11-2008, 08:31 AM   #60
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Old 06-11-2008, 08:44 AM   #61
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Very usefull info! Thank you so much we had no idea what to buy and will need to purchase foam this summer. Thanks again

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Hi, I have over 35 years experience in the upholstery field and would like to make a couple of comments.
If you are a novice and have hinged cushions to make it is better to get someone with experience and the proper machinery to make them, they can be very frustrating. It is always good to get new foam. Foam comes in quite a few different qualities and different areas of the country have different scaling methods. Most common is the 2 number kind, first number being the weight of the foam, second being amount of deflection of one square foot by weight, without getting to technical, the heavier the foam the longer it will last and the more deflection the softer the foam. So you can have a foam suitable for sitting, back or sleeping.
All foam gets softer with use, thus you get the soft spot where you always sit, cheaper foams break down quicker. New manufacturers are going with cheaper and cheaper foams to cut costs. Foam in some brand new units are history in 2 or 3 weeks.
There is an exception to weight, some manufacturers put clay in their foam for fire retardent and to get the feel of good foam.
Foams are also graded in places by names, nimbus, suppersoft, 20 year guarantee (don't expect 20 years) etc.
This is all very confusing so if you are buying foam hear are a few tips, don't test the 1 foot square sample, feels different than the sheet, never get green or colored foam, good foam is yellow and the more rubbery it feels the better it is. The stuff with the clay in it tears easyier than the good stuff. A firm slab will last longer and give you better support than a soft one but is not very comfortable, especially on plywood, good idea is to make up a slab from different desidies glued together to give soft top and firm bottom. Always put a layer of bonded polyester (dacron) on top to give it a professional look and to protect the fabric (fabric on foam can stick and can wear its way through fabric). When making your cushions there should be a compression factor of 3/4 to 1 in all around depending on the sixe of the cushion. When cutting the boxing cut it the size of the cushion, 4" cushion 4" boxing, that will give you the desired crown. Use nylon zipper because moisture will destroy the metal one in no time.
If you are going to reuse the existing foam steam it (steamer is best), foam has a memory and it will return to its original size and you won't have any corner problems.
Good foam is expensive but not as expensive as the cheap stuff. Don't go overboard and get pincore (natural rubber), very expensive but breaks down with moisture and sunlight (whatever makes it through the fabric).
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Here is a photo of the cloth that I am trying to get for my sofa. This is one of the cushions (still in plastic from the factory) from the new dinette I got from Steve and Amy.
It looks like the mothership cannot get any of this material (post 59). Has anyone seen any like this? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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Just finished redoing my "dinette" after changing the location of it to have a more intimate front area for seating people for conversation. Basically made it into an "L".
The upholstery work ran $500. (The dining table was cut lengthwise and a piano hinge was installed to fully open it when needed.)
...and I'd be more than happy to supply photos, but I can't understand the request to supply the URL of my photos. Why can't we just "attach"?
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It looks like the mothership cannot get any of this material (post 59). Has anyone seen any like this? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Try contacting J & O Fabrics - I've had good luck dealing with them before.
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I will give them a try.
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Knox Foam 15% off until 6/30/08

I just ordered all my new foam from knoxfoam.com. If you order before June 30, 2008 you can SAVE 15%... Enter Coupon Code SAVE15
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I just ordered all my new foam from knoxfoam.com. If you order before June 30, 2008 you can SAVE 15%... Enter Coupon Code SAVE15
Say, that's really nice blogging software. I like the way it handles photos.

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Hey Chuck, is that a reel-to-reel on the "central command" shot?
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Aage...thanks...

Jaxon...it's not a reel-to-reel, it is a analog clock and world map...however, you are giving me ideas
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Hey Chuck, is that a reel-to-reel on the "central command" shot?
Any chance of adding a closeup of that panel, Chuck? Not sure I've seen one like that before.

Does every AS have one of those? I've been in one or two that have a different version of that, smaller, and laid out in a more horizontal fashion in a cabinet over the kitchenette, IIRC.
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