There’s a lot to look out for when shopping for marine vinyl fabric! Anyone who’s spent time on a boat knows how valuable the upholstered seating can be. Hours outside in the sun, riding the waves makes you walk to sit down with a cocktail or lay down for an afternoon nap.
The wear and tear of a textile can occur from a lack of care or coverage, but it’s often the material itself that wasn’t designed to withstand the elements of being on the water.
Nothing’s worse than needing a little rest during your day on the water only to find the seating upholstery is torn, cracked, and rough from being weathered. Have you ever had this experience on a boat?
If you’ve encountered marine upholstery in rough shape, you have an appreciation for a marine vinyl fabric that can stand up to water, sun, and extensive use. Low-quality upholstery leads to cracking, which will open the upholstered item up to mold and further structural issues.
You can tell when a boat owner takes pride in caring for their boat.
They rinse everything off when the season ends, cover any exposed areas and take the time to select a quality marine vinyl fabric for their upholstered seating.
Choosing a quality marine textile from the get-go can save you a lot of time and money down the road. We have some tips to help you get started just in time to reupholster before boating season begins!
You might be asking yourself, what makes marine vinyl fabric so special? Every textile is made up of different materials, and while they may be beautiful to look at, not all textiles perform the same. Materials can be woven with antimicrobial thread or treated with a water-resistant coating.
Many of these advancements in textiles are not visible to the naked eye. This is why we encourage our clients to familiarize themselves with a material’s specifications. There was never a better time not to judge a book by its cover! Just because a material looks nice or appears sturdy does not mean you should overlook the product’s specifications.
Having a material that will look nice and hold up around water and sunshine is what every boat owner needs! For example, we enjoy leather upholstery as much as the next person, but we wouldn’t put it on our boat. Leather might look great at first, but over time it would darken and harden and crack due to moisture penetrating the material over time.
It can be challenging to pinpoint what’s trending in the world of marine vinyl fabric, so we pulled a few of our favorite options for you to browse. If you’re here looking for something outside of the factory-standard gray or tan, there are a few fun ways to add visual interest to your boat!
After browsing through our picks are you still aren’t sure which material would work best for your project, check out Kovi’s marine vinyl fabric library here. You can sort your textile options by color or texture in order to find the perfect upholstery option for your boat project.
Question: Are there marine fabric options that have patterns?
Answer: Yes, there are! There are plenty of marine fabric options with patterns out there. These materials are more difficult to come by in the world of vinyl materials. We frequently recommend vinyl because of how well it holds up over time.
Question: I just bought a boat and would like to update the upholstery. How do I find someone to do this?
Answer: We recommend contacting a local upholstery company. If there is a business in your area specializing in car, plane, or boat upholstery, reach out to them first. You’ll be surprised to learn how many talented upholsterers are right in your own backyard!
Question: What is the difference between marine vinyl and standard vinyl?
Answer: Standard vinyl can vary a lot. Some vinyl is made to mimic real leather, while others are designed to perform in healthcare environments. Because marine vinyl is prone to wear and tear over time, it tends to have more testing and treatment to ensure it can withstand being outdoors. Both options work well, and we always encourage you to read the material’s specifications before purchasing. Just because vinyl is pretty doesn’t mean it will hold up on your yacht at sea. Although, if you have a yacht at sea, updating the upholstery might not be your biggest concern.
Question: How do I care for my new marine vinyl upholstery? I want it to withstand the test of time!
Answer: Covering your boat or seating when not in use will help your upholstery hold up over time. Even if your boat is parked in a covered slip or stored in a garage, keep the upholstered areas covered, and it will help preserve the vinyl material.
Shopping for boating upholstery can feel like an ultra-specific task which is why the team at Kovi is here to help!
We hope our tips above make the marine vinyl fabric sourcing process a bit easier. If you ever have questions about our textiles or need guidance in selecting a material that matches your design aesthetic, feel free to contact us or visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on our website.