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Old 02-03-2019, 01:17 AM   #1
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Choosing cushion fabric

Hello everybody,

I am new here and buying Escape 19' to be ready in June. I am choosing fabric for the cushions (the one they offer is very practical, but I just don't like brown color). I am wondering what are your thoughts about the material? I personally like cotton for the feel of it and the patterns and colors, but think it's probably not very practical for a trailer? There will be stains and spills and dust and dirt from the outside, so the covers need to be sturdy and resistant and easy to clean, right? Has anybody gotten removable cushion covers made as well? TIA!!!
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Old 02-03-2019, 02:51 AM   #2
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On my 2008, the standard cushions have a zipper. I've never removed them, but I could. I like brown.
Anyway, I had my living room furniture reupholstered by a top quality shop. Cost a lot of money, but it was worth it. The owner advised never to use Scotchguard on the fabric as it will make it more difficult to clean. That's my best advice. No Scotchguard.
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Old 02-03-2019, 10:36 AM   #3
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Our 21 is in its final stages, during the build we decided to change the upholstery. I will let a little cat out of the bag here, I have a small side business upholstering medical offices. I looked at the cost of material and the time of changing out the stock brown, after completion, I decided that the price charged was well in line with what I would have in it if I did the work myself. Time whether yours or others is not cheap. We did pick a fun green color with the thought that if we get tired of it, I can always change it out down the road.
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I am wondering what are your thoughts about the material? There will be stains and spills and dust and dirt from the outside, so the covers need to be sturdy and resistant and easy to clean, right? TIA!!!
Though you can source your fabric from whomever you would like as long as the material is approved by ETI. Most folks use Sail Rite as they have a large assortment of Marine grade/outdoor use fabrics and they will ship direct to ETI.

I used Sail Rite and went with Sunbrella outdoor fabric.

Some have gone with synthetic leather such as Ultra Leather.

If I had to do over again I would have taken the stock fabric that comes with the trailer and then have local upholstery shop install better thicker foam with the fabric I wanted. At some point I will do that, but very happy with my choice of fabric.
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Though you can source your fabric from whomever you would like as long as the material is approved by ETI. Most folks use Sail Rite as they have a large assortment of Marine grade/outdoor use fabrics and they will ship direct to ETI.

I used Sail Rite and went with Sunbrella outdoor fabric.

Some have gone with synthetic leather such as Ultra Leather.

If I had to do over again I would have taken the stock fabric that comes with the trailer and then have local upholstery shop install better thicker foam with the fabric I wanted. At some point I will do that, but very happy with my choice of fabric.
That is exactly what we did . Lived with the stock for a few years then replaced Sunbella fabric and marine grade vinyl and better seating foam . Really didn't cost that much and upgraded all the seating . Pat
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I went with the Sunbrella fabric that I bought from a place in Florida and had it shipped to me. Since I was driving things up to ETI for the trailer, that worked best for me.


Before I decided on what fabric I wanted, I got a ton of samples from various online suppliers and looked at a local Calico Corners. Once I decided what I wanted, I ordered a yard of it off Amazon to see how I liked a bigger piece of it (as opposed to small samples). Loved it and ordered more. I got the place in FL to match their Amazon price per yard and they also included free shipping, plus there was some sale going on with x-amount off if you purchased a certain amount (which I was).



We eventually replaced the foam cushion last year with a much firmer one and my fanny has been quite happy over that change.
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We went with JTS fabrics in Canada as recommended by ETI. Found a fabric that we liked that based on the polyester / rayon ratio seemed like it would have a nice feel. By good fortune when we went to Chilliwack to look at the Maple interior to decide if we wanted that, the fabric had arrived that morning. So we were able to compare it to both the maple and oak interiors. The "Soothing Mulberry" and our formica color, "Colorado Slate" actually looked a lot better with the maple interior so that is what we went with. The sample and details are at this link:

https://www.jtsoutdoorfabrics.com/So...y_p_19420.html

(I have a credit card that does not charge currency conversion fees so buying and shipping within Canada is easy.)
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Old 02-03-2019, 06:26 PM   #8
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We bought our Sunbrella from Cheryl at JT's. Easy process and our Visa has no international fees. Buying in Canada was cheaper than buying from my upholstery supplier in Florida with free shipping. I second Calico Corner for samples and really their prices were not that far out of line when they run a sale.
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Thanks everybody! Great suggestions. It sounds like you all like the outdoor fabrics - I am just not a fan of the synthetic materials, but if the cushion covers are not removable it does sound like a more practical option. I've emailed the sales person to find out. I am planning to live in my Escape for a few months full time, so was hoping to make it as comfy and pleasing to the eye as possible
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Thanks everybody! Great suggestions. It sounds like you all like the outdoor fabrics - I am just not a fan of the synthetic materials, but if the cushion covers are not removable it does sound like a more practical option. I've emailed the sales person to find out. I am planning to live in my Escape for a few months full time, so was hoping to make it as comfy and pleasing to the eye as possible
The original seat cushions from Escape had zippers to remove . And the seat covers we had reupholstered also has a zipper to remove covers . Pat
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