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How to Upholster a Box Answered

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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christineper8

9 years ago

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.

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caitlinsdad

9 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.

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NachoMahma

9 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.

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trebuchet03NachoMahma

Reply 9 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

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NachoMahmatrebuchet03

Reply 9 years ago

. 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.

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NachoMahmaNachoMahma

Reply 9 years ago

. 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.