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Old 08-19-2016, 10:40 PM   #1
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Replace or reupholster

Is it cheaper to replace the drivers and passenger seats in my DP Motorhome or have them reupholstered??
I've been told that Microfiber would stand up to Cat claws, any thoughts on this.

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Old 08-19-2016, 10:57 PM   #2
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We bought furniture covers from QVC For the driver and passenger seats to preserve them from car damage. Easy to put in place when parked.

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Old 08-20-2016, 10:21 AM   #3
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If you like the seats and they are in good structural condition, recovering would probably be worth it. I had the seat cushion on my copilot seat recovered a couple of years ago when just that portion was cracking & tearing. The guy perfectly matched the leather and the stitching so it looks original ...cost was $430 for just the cushion.

I have had experience with cat claws, but don't have experience with cats & microfiber. I would think they would pull threads in it pretty easily, but there are different qualities of microfiber so maybe there is one that would be ok.
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Old 08-20-2016, 02:56 PM   #4
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Depends on what you replace them with vs what you recover them with, right? There are "cheap" and "good" of anything. In general, recovering makes good sense if there is nothing wrong except the cosmetics of the covering and you want to put good quality fabric/vinyl/leather back on. If you only want cheap stuff anyway, it may pay to save the labor cost and just buy a whole new chair.

You are just going to have to get some quotes for what you want. I wouldn't go to an RV dealer for recovering quotes - any upholstery shop will do better. The dealer is going to subcontract the job out anyway, and charge you for the privilege!
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We run an upholstery business. Almost every job we quote the cost to re-cover is about the same as replacing the piece. 3 reasons people re-cover: the quality of what they have is better than the newer stuff, they like the style of the piece they have, or they want a particular fabric.

And yes, you can almost always find a shade tree upholsterer/friend of a friend/etc and on-line fabrics that make re-covering cheaper, but you usually get what you pay for.

The removable covers are also a good interim option.
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Old 08-21-2016, 12:15 PM   #6
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The internet may offer replacement cover for the seats you presently have. I know that you can buy new covers for the Flexsteel chairs as the materials used was JUNK and many people have bought the covers and done them their selves opposed to have someone recover them.
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My experience with getting quotes to reupholster boat seating, inside and out, caused me to buy an industrial machine and learn to sew. I saved at least half. I guess I'm now one of those "shade tree" seamstresses.

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