Now that you mention it, that ultra suede sounds pretty sweet. How do you think it would hold up to me dog?
We have ultra leather that we had done. It's great for dogs
and was a reason we chose it. It's actually great as a commercial
grade fabric that can be used in public places with a lot rear ends using it. They measure fabrics toughness in the number of double rubs. You'll find the "ultra" leather and suedes at the highest end of the spectrum. Good stuff is in the 60,000 range and ultra products are more like 200,000. "Ultra" is a trademarked brand name. It's the top end of the top end. You could use this stuff in the mansion too.
We have the Brisa Ultra leather. It also breathes and works well on cushions you sleep on. It feel like glove leather and cleans up with spray cleaner easily! It also has a bias and is very expensive. It means unless you are a pro the waste material is going to cost you a lot of money
. A pro can cut fabric with less waste. We found a great deal at $70 /yard. The retail is well over $100 / yd. Acceptable fabrics would start about $30 / yard. With a good fabric you won't do this again. Get something you really like is my best advice.
The high quality Glen Raven Mills fabrics are a best bargain. We did our last boat in a woven pattern material used on high end outdoor furniture. It is exceptionally tough and you can get it for about $35 / yard. It's made from the solution dyed yarns used in the outdoor stuff but woven into nice textured patterns. It is tough as nails too.
You need to examine the foam closely. Good quality closed cell foam lasts longer and may be perfectly fine. It was on our last boat but not on the current
boat. We went with a multiple layer foam composite. A layer of 2 inch memory foam on top of a firm foam makes it sit really well. Foam has gotten very expensive too. Closed cell foam has gotten very hard (like a rock firm) these days for some reason.
If you don't sew then this is not a project to be your first one. Getting it exactly right is required as the mistakes
a pro makes you don't have to eat. We did all new foam and fabric that was about 12 yards of the good stuff. That 12 yards did not include the bottoms of the cushions. The 12 yards had no pieces wider than 1/2 inch on the short side left over. That's a pro cutting job. We used a cheaper robust fabric on the bottoms that you don't see for all the cushion bottoms. To that list of stuff we added a first class dodger
, connector, and all new cockpit
cushions and foam for $5,500. Cockpit
cushions were a texture stamoid with a mesh bottom for drainage.
When you get into cost you also get into labor quality. It's cheaper labor by about 50% (25% of the total) to do a poor job that works. Materials usually will be 50% not marked up. It's why all the estimates you get might be spread out. Look at work samples not just price
. Fabric and labor both are usually marked up. With expensive fabric you might negotiate more so work on an itemized estimate.
For fabric the only hard fast rule
is the fabric must have no natural fibers of any kind. Look for marine
fabrics or outdoor fabrics and you usually do well. You don't have to use Sunbrella dodger canvas
below either so don't. You can get really nice looking stuff for down below for an extra $10 to $15 / yard. As with all upholstery spend the most on the best fabric you can afford - it matters.