How to re-cover camper seats

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How to re-cover camper seats
Re-cover your camper seats for an updated look. (Material for Furnishing image by Ivo Velinov from

Re-covering camper seats to repair worn-out, damaged fabric or simply to update to a more modern style can be done in a few steps. Reupholstering your camper seat cushions can be a one-day or weekend project, putting you back on the road quickly. Choose durable, stain-resistant fabric from your local fabric or RV supply store, and create a whole new look for your camper. With a little preventive maintenance, your re-covered camper seats will last for many camping seasons.

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Things you need

  • Scissors
  • Foam pillow forms (optional)
  • Tape measure
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric
  • Zippers

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  1. 1

    Remove all of the seat cushions from the camper. Unzip the cushions, and remove the foam pillow forms. Carefully cut off the upholstery on any cushion that does not have a zipper. Replace the pillow forms with new ones, if necessary.

  2. 2

    Measure the old seat cushion covers with the measuring tape to determine how much new upholstery fabric you need.

  3. 3

    Buy new upholstery fabric in the design of your choice. Choose durable fabric that is ultraviolet (UV) protected and stain resistant.

  4. 4

    Make a pattern for the new seat cushion covers, using the old upholstery pieces as a guide. Pin the old piece to the new fabric, and cut out the new piece 1 inch larger on all sides to allow room for sewing seams. Cut enough fabric for each seat cushion that you are re-covering.

  5. 5

    Sew the new cushion covers with a sewing machine to fit the foam pillow forms. Put zippers on the new covers to make them easy to remove for washing.

  6. 6

    Replace the newly upholstered seat cushions in your camper.

Tips and warnings

  • Spray the newly covered seat cushions with a stain-resistant fabric and upholstery treatment to help keep them in good condition.

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