Yacht Upholstery

Thinking of upgrading the interior of your yacht? Want to make a dramatic change to the look and feel of your yacht while protecting the furnishings from the elements? Thinking of ways to enhance the comfort of your yacht so you can sleep better when you’re cruising?

The choices are endless given the fact that there is a huge range of options available when it comes to yacht upholstery and things can get a little complicated especially when you’re updating the upholstery of your boat or yacht for the first time. This handy guide will guide you through all the things you need to do to update the upholstery of your yacht.

Tips on Yacht Upholstery and Hiring a Yacht Upholsterer

Hire A Professional Marine Or Yacht Upholsterer

Whether it’s your car, boat or yacht, the first thing you should do before you undertake any upholstery project is to hire an upholstery professional or in this case a professional marine or yacht upholsterer. For any upholstering of the interior or exterior of a yacht, always hire a marine professional with vast experience who specializes in working with yacht upholstery.  Good references should always be used.

Marine Thread

One of the most important elements of boat upholstery is the marine thread. It is the glue of marine upholstery. The thread holds the fabric together, so it’s extremely important you ask the yacht upholsterer to give you the highest quality thread regardless of how much it costs.  One of the sturdiest threads on the market is made from PTFE or Polytetrafluoroethylene. This material is comparable to Teflon and can be exposed to sun, sea, salt, chemicals, and pollution, and it is highly durable and will last a long time. However, marine threads made from PTFE are expensive and costs around $160 per stool. The exorbitant price of the threads deters most marine fabricators from using them in the boat or yacht upholstery.yacht Upholsterer Thousand oaks

There is a common, yet cost-effective alternative though, threads that are made of polyester or polyester dacron. These types of marine threads are UV resistant as well as chemical and heat resistant. Threads made of polyester or polyester dacron are also anti-wick, which means it expands in the needle hole when preventing the water from seeping through. There is a shortcoming though, as it isn’t as durable as the marine threads made of PTFE as it eventually weakens in the sun.

Yacht Inspections Are Important

Once you have hired a yacht upholsterer with experience and good references, it is essential they visit or inspect the yacht to fully understand the task at hand. Photos and measurements should be taken for the upholstery project to go smoothly.

Choosing The Yacht Upholstery Fabric

For many choosing upholstery whether it is for their car, boat or yacht is limited to color, texture, and style. But it’s more than that. There are tons of different patterns, textures, and kinds of fabric to pick from when it comes to yacht upholstery and it is recommended that you seek advice from an expert yacht upholsterer. You can visualize a clear idea of what kind of fabric will be ideal for your upholstery project by asking yourself these questions:

  1. Will the yacht be in a state of hermetically sealed inactivity for extended periods?
  2. Will the yacht be exposed to long periods of direct sunlight?
  3. Will there be children or pets on board?
  4. Is there an annual haul out and wintertime storage?
  5. Should I restyle or completely overhaul the upholstery and interior? If yes, by how much?

Choosing The Yacht Upholstery Foam

There are many kinds of yacht upholstery foam that can be used on board.  The foams have varying levels of densities and resistance to compression. Different types of foam have been designed to float, drain water, and prevent mold and mildew. The five primary types of marine foam include:

  1. Compressed Polyester – This is an inexpensive option and ideal for occasional seating arrangements like patio cushions. The foam can also be air dried when wet, however, it will compress over time.
  1. Polyester Fiberfill- This is also affordable and commonly used as stuffing for pillows and deep seating back cushions.
  1. Polyurethane Foam – Polyurethane foam is inexpensive and known for its medium firmness. This particular foam is perfect for seating and mattress applications. When wet, the cells of the foam soak up the water.
  1. Open Cell Foam – Open cell foam come with open pores which allows water and air to pass through. Seating cushion or mattresses made of open cell foam are comfortable; however, they are on the expensive side when compared to Polyester and Polyurethane foam
  1. Closed Cell/Floatation Foam – This foam is suitable for floating cockpit cushions and life vests. The foam does not absorb water, which makes it a great option to cover any type of fabric.

It is essential to choose the right foam for your yacht upholstery because it will make a noticeable difference in the furniture’s overall comfort and performance.

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