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    Show me your interior cushions!

    Hi all,

    Looking at starting the slow and expensive process of replacing my interior cushions. As such, an overwhelming variety of options are available to me regarding fabric color, design, material, etc. I really love the current factory upholstery, the green suede-ish fabric with white dots, but alas - I hear it's no longer available.

    I'd like to see how y'all have your cushions set up, do you have piping, do you like your materials, what sort of colors do you use, and so on.

    Current color frontrunners are either green or some shade of red, so if you have pics of that - I'm especially interested.

    For reference, my current interior pic is below

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    http://www.ericsonyachts.org/infoexc...New-Upholstery

    I went with piping made from the vinyl cushion bottoms.

    My theory of fabric selection is to take a cushion to a big (discount) fabric outlet. You can see all the choices, feel them, compare to what you have. I consider the interior upholstery a "couch," meaning same fabric options as a living room couch.

    New foam is equally demanding of hands-on selection--and of even more second thoughts than fabric. And also often more expensive.

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    Before Christmas I bypassed the committee and selected fabric unsupervised. I made the cushion myself with new foam as well. The goal was a bit brighter and solid color. The fabric is the not inexpensive micro suede, but i figured the total cost was still less if i made it.

    Our old cushions are a very similar color to yours, this new blue definitely took some darkness out of the interior.
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    The committee is still in session and once an opinion is rendered I'll make the rest.
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    The PO commissioned these cushions from a furniture restoration shop in Chestertown MD. I love them, very comfortable.

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    Shoe me your interior

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ID:	25867here are our salon cushions on the Optimist II. The fabric is very durable yet not abrasive. We still have the solid navy blue cushions in the V berth and the aft pilot berth.
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    Came with the boat. Not sure how old they are and they are all vinyl backed.

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    Another data point

    Sunbrella with naugahyde (sp?) backing and snaps that never seem to need snapping. Had a non-marine person make them up using the old ones as the pattern. Not perfect but half the price of the marine upholsterer's estimate. Blue piping on the front of the seat bottom cushions that you can barely see, but I guess I would do the piping again. Can't remember the details on the foam - it was a standard type - but FIRM is my preference.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sati View Post
    Hi all,

    Looking at starting the slow and expensive process of replacing my interior cushions. As such, an overwhelming variety of options are available to me regarding fabric color, design, material, etc. I really love the current factory upholstery, the green suede-ish fabric with white dots, but alas - I hear it's no longer available.

    I'd like to see how y'all have your cushions set up, do you have piping, do you like your materials, what sort of colors do you use, and so on.

    Current color frontrunners are either green or some shade of red, so if you have pics of that - I'm especially interested.

    For reference, my current interior pic is below

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    Here's a photo of our '73 E-32 showing the cushion re-do from a while back. Since this photo, we've replaced all the bulkheads, put in PlasTeak flooring in the V-berth, head and hanging locker areas plus in the galley.

    On the seat backs I went with a wider and thicker horizontal pleated design to replace the original more narrow and flatter vertical pleats. Given the newer boats are wider than the '73 model - this visually helps make the boat look a little wider.

    The material chosen was a solid color replacing the old plaid material as well. The seat cushions made use of the old foam but did have a vinyl bottom for better wear and protection against moisture. I'm now looking to create an addition of some sort of slip cover to the seat cushions that would add a layer of foam to increase the thickness and add a single pleat for aesthetics. (This way it could be removed for creating a flat sleeping surface when [now rarely] needed.)

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    Thanks for sharing, everyone. Some great ideas here. I think I'd like piping again but I'm not sure dark red/burgundy or green lend themselves to alternate color piping - anyone want to prove me wrong?

    I have a bunch of fabric samples coming from Sunbrella and Ultrasuede etc....I really don't like the texture of Sunbrella, even the upholstery stuff, especially when considering sleeping, but Ultrasuede is something like $100/yd from SailRite. I guess I put a sheet over the cushions anyways so maybe Sunbrella wouldn't be that bad? An argument towards the high quality stuff is the consideration that this is likely the last interior the boat will ever have.
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    Sunbrella exterior is UV resistant. That's why we use it on deck, and why it's superb.

    I see no reason to use it below--and the Sunbrella interior line is just another fabric competing with thousands of interior fabrics.

    All basic upholstery fabric is tough: a livingroom couch takes more punishment and spillage and abuse than any cushion on a boat, at least if there are kids and dogs and pizza around.
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    Interior cushions

    Goeff, Sherene & Mike in their 38 have the identical fabric we selected for our boat. That stuff is bulletproof and hides stains and dirt from the two of us, many nieces, guests and always two big dogs I'd guess that we had them made around 1997 and they still look as good as new today. Glyn Judson E31 hull #55, Marina del Rey CA
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glyn Judson View Post
    Goeff, Sherene & Mike in their 38 have the identical fabric we selected for our boat.
    Glyn, is that fabric still made? It looks basically like the factory fabric with denser polka dots. Pretty close to what I'm hoping for.
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    Is it still made?

    Goeff, I just don't know. Some in the business say it isn't, yet others have told method they have found it through their known sources. It is well worth searching for but if not that, a similar fabric. Glyn

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    Unhappy "Salute" fabric

    Quote Originally Posted by Glyn Judson View Post
    Goeff, I just don't know. Some in the business say it isn't, yet others have told method they have found it through their known sources. It is well worth searching for but if not that, a similar fabric. Glyn
    When we had some upholstery work done in '95, our guy said that he was able to buy a remnant of the dark blue with the white dot pattern.
    He said that that particular product line was being phased out at that time and no more would be available.

    He gave me the sample panel with all of the color swatches on it as a keepsake.
    "Irvin Alan Fabrics" "Salute" #2201 - 2209, 2211 - 2219. 97% Acrylic, 3% Rayon
    Scotchgard, and sold 54" wide.

    Useless trivia, nowadays.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loren Beach View Post
    Useless trivia
    Well, it's good to know what it was called at least. That gives me some sense of "closure." What sort of fabric would you describe the "Salute" / original fabric as? Is it plush/velvet-ish? I know it has a "nap" to it (where you can sort of draw lines in the fabric with your fingers). I'm having a hard time telling fabric stores what I'm looking for.

    I should probably just bring one of the smaller cushions along while shopping...as was mentioned earlier in the thread
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