I know I posted this in my remodel thread, but I figured I'd put it up in another thread for passerbys looking to change the look of their driver's and passengers seats. If you've found a good alternative to replacement, it would be nice to share that here as well
A coach the age of mine just doesn't merit the $1000.00 expense of new captain's chairs. At least in my humble opinion
. However, when you make the coach "your own", often times we are left with seats, like mine, that are faded and don't match all the shiny new stuff inside. The alternatives on the market are of course replacement, or recovering by an upholstery ship, which I understand is almost just as expensive. A lot of you really savvy DIY'ers can recover your own, but for the rest of us, we need seat covers. I looked at the ones available from the online camping stores like CampingWorld, but they don't get great reviews and, at $80.00 plus shipping, you still don't know if they will fit until you try them on. Others are available, but those were the cheapest I found as they're on "Clearance Sale". So, what's left to do? I happen to get sent to Wal Mart quite often, so I thought I'd visit their Automotive Section and have a look at theirs. What I found was labeled "Truck/Van" covers and at less than $35.00 for the pair, knowing that Wal Mart has a very liberal return policy, I figured why not give them a try. So....on with the pics.
First, here's what we started with; a faded Mauve that's almost bled into a reddish/orangey color. Not torn, but ugly;
And here's the seat with the cover on;
There are unzipped zippers on the sides in this picture that are there for getting around integrated seatbelts. It leaves a little of the original seat exposed so I'll need to either dye the seat or add a piece of similar material or maybe just sew the hole closed.
On the back, you can see that these covers hide the factory seat pocket. In my case, I found that to be very handy for maps, etc. so my plan is to cut the stitching from the factory cover and attach it to my new cover. In my case I was lucky that the backs of the original chairs are tan so there's no need to dye it, but that's the route I would've taken if that hadn't been the case. You can also see the openings in this pic for the seatbelts which my coach doesn't have.
So, with a little modification and creativity, the "Truck/Van" covers are a win, at least for seats like mine. With a neutral interior color on the walls and cabin carpeting, I think these look just fine. Plus, it's nice to know that you're sitting on something "new" and it blends better with all the effort of updating the interior.
Now, what alternatives have you found?