How to Reupholster RV Captain Chairs

Over time, your RV captain’s chair will end up getting stained or ripped and you will want to reupholster it. You also might just want to change an outdated style. Either way, for those who are familiar with sewing and using some simple tools, you should be able to do the job yourself. This will also save a lot of money as getting it professionally done never comes cheap. It is also a good idea to try to preserve the original fabric pieces as best as possible so that they can be used for the pattern.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • New upholstery fabric
  • Marker pen
  • Seam ripper
  • Stick pins
  • Staple gun
  • Upholstery thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Staple remover
  • Scissors

Step 1 – Remove the Old Fabric

The first step is to remove the old fabric from the captain’s chair. It will likely be zipped up in such a manner that is relatively easy to remove for purposes of cleaning or making replacement easier. If there is no zip, it will likely be sewn together around the entirety of the chair. If this is the case, you will need to use a seam ripper to open it up and then lift off the old fabric.

If there are any staples holding the fabric in place, remove these using a staple remover. Pull up the fabric and continue to rip the seam apart to take the fabric apart in pieces if necessary.

Step 2 – Cut the New Fabric

Using the marker pen, sketch the shapes of the new sections on the upholstery fabric. Use the original sections of the upholstery as a guide. This way, it will be much easier to cut the new pieces to the right size and shape. Every chair is a slightly different shape, so your specific cform will vary. Be sure to mark all of the new pieces in the same manner as the old ones and if you wish to mark a pattern on the material, mark it on the inside of the seam just in case the marker pen bleeds through to the other side of the fabric.

Step 3 – Pin the New Sections Together

Pin the sections together in the correct shape. Using a heavy duty sewing machine, sew together the new sections of upholstery. You can also do this by hand but it will be much more time consuming and labor intensive. You may also want to install a zipper, especially if the original fabric had one. Again, this will make it easier to remove for cleaning or replacement at a later point.

Step 4 – Place the New Upholstery

Finally, place the new upholstery onto the captain’s chair. Sew the remaining seams together and then staple them onto the chair if necessary. Be sure to pull the fabric down so that it fits tightly over the chair before securing any seem or stapling anything down. If your replacement upholstery is of the zip-up kind, simply place it onto the new chair and zip it up, making sure that it s pulled tightly over the seat. You may still need to apply staples to the bottom of the fabric to hold it tightly in place. The best way to install the new upholstery is to do it in the same manner as the upholstery that you are replacing.