How to Upholster a Box

In my quest for weeding out my less than professional looking projects, I am in need to learning a new skill.

Does anyone have recommendations for a resource on how to upholster a box? Key points including the box material is a thin plywood which probably won't hold up to staples (thicker woods are heavier and I have a weight restriction for this project: lighter = better).

My material will be a marine vinyl (for weather protection) which does have some stretch to it - I'm also going to put a thin foam backer for that extra supple feeling.

Recommendations for obscure compound curves would be nice too.

I'm armed with a sewing machine, limited sewing skills, bandages and some scrap material. <-- that on top of the typical measuring instruments.

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We are attempting to not only redo our boat seats with vinyl, but our camper seats with limited vinyl. I am finding the internet is full of great and easy ideas. I will let you know if any apply to real life!! I t seems to me that if you follow a pattern already set out and stick with it, there should be no problem, we are going with the staple gun and some glue.
caitlinsdad9 years ago
Maybe take some tips from covering a guitar amplifier like here. It has a few pages on the thread but look at all of the pics, it should apply to thin wall boxes too. I guess you would use a spray contact cement to glue it on. Make sure your glues are compatible with that foam, some adhesives will eat away foam.
NachoMahma9 years ago
. Rubber cement and staples/brads/nails. Wrap the fabric around so you're not putting the staples/brads/nails in the edge. Ie, glue and staple on the bottom of the panel.
trebuchet03 (author)  NachoMahma9 years ago
Will that conform to the edges/corners without wrinkling? Here I was thinking I would need to sew panels and make a fabric box first :p
. Depends on how well your fabric stretches, how thick the foam is, how tight the corners are, &c. . One common method is to have separate pieces for the side and top. Welting/piping is commonly used where the top and side are sewn together. . There is usually some overlapping of material on the bottom of the corners, but it usually compacts after a few sittings or can be trimmed, since it's out of sight.
. PS: Probably better ways to do it, but that's what we did when I worked in a shop where we made the interiors for semis.