How to re-cover camper seats

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Replace the newly upholstered seat cushions in your camper.


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

Things You'll Need

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