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« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2010, 06:58:55 AM »

Ok guys don't let a furniture post turn into a p***ing contest play nice we are headed in the wrong direction 

good luck
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« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2010, 07:16:39 AM »

I agree, gents. Let's keep it calm. No reason to turn a nice thread into a debate. And I don't think the other "supporting" material to those two posts help either....

Just my two cents.

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« Reply #17 on: October 01, 2010, 07:45:30 AM »

There are many ways to source inexpensive or free material. In Los Angeles California there is an area known as the "garment district" where fabric is VERY cheap. I bought some heavy duty velvet upholstery material down there years ago and paid $200 for about 100 yards. Foam is also available there and inexpensive. Additionally, the thrift shops around here have lots of fabric and sheets, drapes, etc. can receive new life as upholstery material. Foam is very easy to cut with an electric knife (like is often used for cutting Turkey at Thanksgiving). The easiest way I have found is to cut a piece of plywood to size for the top and bottom to that you would glue the foam. Measure and cut light weight sheet material to wrap around the foam and staple down to the back of the back of the plywood (dint stretch it taunt, it needs a little give). Use fabric glue around the ends for a secure closure and to guard against unraveling. Then take your fabric and measure and cut and secure the ends with fabric glue. Then cover the sheet material and again, staple on the back to the plywood. At this point if the back is going to be seen then you can take 1/4" foam and cut to fit the back of the sofa, cover the foam with a layer of sheet material and then a layer of upholstery fabric and fold all ends around the foam and sew around with the edges of the sheet material and upholstery folded over the end of the foam. Then just tack up the back to the seat you made in the prior step and cover the tacks with glued on trim or hand sew a trim to it to cover up the tacking.

I did a Santa Clause set similar to this, I will take photos later.
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« Reply #18 on: October 01, 2010, 07:57:50 AM »

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The upholstery lady was willing to use it but charged $150 extra to offset the profit she didn't make on selling us material. My wife had bought 25 yards of material and there were only a few scraps left. She estimated it took 5 yards per chair and 15 yards for the sofa. It may take less material with a solid color fabric than with the patterned fabric we had. The labor was $200/chair and $500 for the sofa. Those were the cheapest prices we could find in our area. The highest cost place was $2500 labor for the three pieces and he wouldn't use our material.

Gee, that is expensive! I would have absolutely found a different route (possibly by shopping around junk yards for rv sofas and chairs that were already what I liked). Im fortunate though, I have friends and family that do upholestry work and can get more detailed stuff done for cheaper then that or I can disassemble the piece and use the fabric as the pattern and take my time by machine and hand sewing it back together.
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« Reply #19 on: October 01, 2010, 08:16:20 AM »

I purchased both couches, dinette, and captains chairs from Discount Van and Truck, they were excellant as quality goes, and the price was hard to beat, they came very well packaged.  I even bought Ultraleather for the ceiling panels.  Ivas was excellant to work with!
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« Reply #20 on: October 01, 2010, 08:27:27 AM »

These chairs are usable as is, when we got the bus we wanted to brighten it up as some of the other furniture was dark and we have a red oak interior.  Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: October 01, 2010, 08:47:21 AM »

Did anyone buy any of the options for the seats? If so have they held up? Just curious, kind of shows me overall quality.
 

After reading past archive threads on the company it's clear that most people if not all were happy with their purchases though shipping is slow. It sort of appears that most people are still pleased now based on what I've gathered. It seems their reputation is very good.
I think the only model name thrown out there for captains chairs was the Ventura which was liked. I wish I knew of other models though too.

Anyone else buy from there?





Re fabric:

There is an NPS store here across town from me which also has an Ebay and an Amazon store.
( http://www.npsstore.com/ ). For those who don't have one it's a damaged freight or "freight recovery" store and  I've found that they have some amazing finds in among the other junk, to each according to his needs I guess.

We've found some really great deals on rolls of material and such. If you get in before the new stuff is picked over you can buy whole rolls of ultraleather and cloth for really good prices and some leather...except the leather which is still expensive and spotty on amounts and colors. I was hoping to find as much ultraleather as I could in the same color and type to line the ceiling within the plans that we had or at least use it for other projects....still gathering but it does come in. My brother found me quite a bit of it since he lives nearby and can check for me. We did a boat partially in ultraleather once and I really liked it, not mine though.  Sad

I've bought brand new parts for the bus project and for home with no damage at all and for very good prices. They have quite a number of neat hardware gadgets that I otherwise can't go snoop around looking at to see what I can build with them. Things like rollers, some actuators here and there, rams, slides, hinges, etc...
I almost bought a new in box electric fireplace from there.

They even had some new tires (new both date and no mileage) out there in my sizes though I'd never heard of the brand and so I passed. They were gone when I went back. I bought some light up emergency cones for a couple bucks each.

Anyway, kind of a cool place.....

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« Reply #22 on: October 01, 2010, 08:59:28 AM »

If you ever get to the Portland area my wife gets great buys at Fabric Depot just off I 5 so she says and she buys the ultra leather for 10 bucks a yard at a place in Vegas for top grade other grades are 7 to 8 bucks a yard

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« Reply #23 on: October 01, 2010, 11:16:00 AM »

here is the photos I mentioned earlier. Pardon the mess, they have been in my storage room for years. You can tell where I hurried on the corners in the prop box and the chair (I did these just about a week before I had to setup and never got around to fixing it. The corners on the bench I thought was the most important and would be in photos the most so I took most of my time doing it).

Prop Box (originally a thrift shop find for about $1.00)


Santa's Elf Chair (originally a wooden frame that was in the dump behind an antique store, bought for $20.00)


Santa's Bench (originally a mismatched bed I bought for $5.00 at a garage sale)


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« Reply #24 on: October 01, 2010, 01:36:48 PM »

For those who don't have one it's a damaged freight or "freight recovery" store and  I've found that they have some amazing finds in among the other junk, to each according to his needs I guess.


 We have one of those here on the shore, its called Unclaimed Freight. His prices reflect new store rates for yard sale quality. Wish we had one like yours
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« Reply #25 on: October 01, 2010, 01:38:22 PM »

Here is a neat page of a busnut and how he did his dinette on a budget. Came out really cool I thought. http://www.vonslatt.com/bus-dine.shtml
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« Reply #26 on: October 03, 2010, 06:05:36 PM »

I bought mine from them about 4 years ago and have used them for 3 years, they are holding up very well. I don't remember the style but they are the ultra leather. We use the couch as a bed all the time for the kids and it is holding up very well and pretty comfordable. I have also ordered more fabric from them for the dash and other projects. I would buy from them again the only bad thing was the shipping was slow. Hope this helps with your decision. Jason
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« Reply #27 on: October 03, 2010, 08:19:10 PM »

They call their fabric "Ultimate Leather".  Based on the cost and the name I assumed it is some type of vinyl.  It is really Ultraleather?
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« Reply #28 on: October 03, 2010, 08:25:17 PM »

We have Bostrom air rides low boys that were in the coach when we got it but were never mounted, that I added swivels used that I got at Dr. Georges RV used parts supply in Sacramento, CA.
1 was missing the handle to lock it which I made a new one, and the other was missing the bearing race with I fabricated from a Teflon furniture mover. Got them both for $30.00 even on line they were 350.00 each to fit these seat. Score
We also got the ultra leather covers at camping world to keep the fabric clean and pet hair free.

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« Reply #29 on: October 03, 2010, 08:28:41 PM »

Brian, ultra leather is made from PVC it is a vinyl

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