Patio and Retractable Awning Fabric Replacement

New patio furniture or a freshly-finished deck surface makes your patio look great for summer parties. But as the season wears on, you may decide that awning fabric replacement will help the overall design of your patio or deck area.

Patio awnings help cool the house during the summer and give great shade when the sun is hot while entertaining on the deck. But, summer weather and heavy thunderstorms can cause fabric to fade, rip, tear, or get weak spots.

There are two ways to approach awning fabric replacement – have a professional service handle the cutting, sewing, and replacement, or do it yourself. A professional upholstery service for outdoor furniture is a great choice for patio awnings but will probably be scheduled weeks or months ahead with many types of jobs. If you want a professional to handle this, then schedule it during the off-season if possible.

If you are the ambitious, do-it-yourself project person, then here are some tips for awning fabric replacement, whether it is for a standard or a retractable awning.

Choose The Right Fabric for Awnings

First, choose your desired awning fabric wisely. There are many options on the market, but simple canvas is not the best solution. Find fabric that is weather resistant and easy to clean without needing to be removed from the awning frame.

Sunbrella® Fabrics are made to withstand heat, sunlight, and rain. The fabric is breathable, allowing air to pass through, which helps keep things cool on the patio. They also build in UV stable pigments in the dyeing process, which protects you from damaging UV sun rays. Sunbrella® fabrics are also mold and mildew resistant and can easily be cleaned with a bleach solution without compromising the color.

Choose the awning fabric colors to complement your existing patio furniture. Sunbrella® offers a wide range of colors and patterns that will dress up an outdoor living space quickly.

How to Measure Replacement Fabric for a Patio Awning

For a stationary awning or canopy cover, measurements can often be taken from the old fabric while still on the frame. However, it may be easier to remove the awning. Disassembling is necessary for a retractable awning structure.

Measure the width of the current awning fabric. This is typically a slightly smaller measurement than what your frame width is.

Measure the projection of the awning when fully extended. Add about a foot to your measurement for fabric that remains on the roller tube.

Measure the height of the valance hanging down the front of the awning.

Transfer these measurements to a diagram on paper and remember to add 2-4 inches to each measurement for hemming.

Cutting, Sewing, and Replacing the Awning

Cutting marine-grade vinyl or outdoor fabric is easier when using a hot knife that helps seal the edge while cutting.

Sewing a long seam at the sewing machine is easier if you first adhere the seam with some basting tape. Use a thread that is also UV and mildew resistant and is suitable for heavy duty projects.

Sew all the seams together, being careful to keep them straight. Sew together the valance and additional trim you desire and attach to the front of the awning.

Finally, reassemble the awning in the reverse order that you dis-assembled it. A simple owner’s guide or manual should have been included when you bought the awning; and this may be helpful for reassembly.

Once it is all in place, enjoy your new awning, and keep it clean all summer for long-lasting beauty!

D&N Upholstery sells quality outdoor marine vinyl and Sunbrella® Fabrics that are suitable for outdoor furniture and patio awnings. Contact us today to see a selection. We can help you order the right supplies for the DIY awning fabric replacement project.

Reupholster Patio Furniture Cushions

It is that time of year again – warm evenings and gentle breezes enticing families to spend time outdoors. There is just one small problem to this delightful yearly tradition: the patio furniture may not have survived well over the winter!

Sometimes, you may be able to find replacement cushions, but retail stores often switch out the inventory each year. Sizes also change each year, so replacement cushions for the furniture you bought a few years ago may not even be available in the same size now.

Here are five things you should keep in mind when reupholstering your patio furniture, both to save money and help your furniture look its best longer.

Measure Twice, Cut Once

Knowing how much material you need before starting a project is essential. Underestimating the amount of fabric or outdoor vinyl needed could end up ruining your budget.

Measure your current pieces to determine the surface area you will need to cover with the fabric. This is the bare minimum amount of what you need; seam overlaps and patch materials will be in addition to this. A good rule of thumb is to increase the length and width of the fabric by roughly 10 percent. Twenty percent may be advisable if this is your first project.

It is always easier to cut away excess fabric than to throw out everything due to not having enough.

Pro Tip – purchase enough fabric to create an extra cover. You may not be able to find the same pattern later, so having some on hand can save you in a pinch.

Get the Right Materials

Ask any carpenter what you should focus on when building anything, and it will most often include the materials you have available.

What you use will directly impact what you can design. For instance, use the correct type of foam for anything that will require resistance to weight (i.e. cushions and backings). A normal foam cushion absorbs moisture, and when left out in the rain, could take hours or days to dry. Dri-Fast is a special fiber fill foam cushion that allows for faster drying if the cushion gets wet and is available in many different thicknesses.

Beyond the seating, make certain that the furniture itself is in solid shape. Check the webbing, wooden slats, and springs to be sure everything is safe to use. Changing seasons can break down even the strongest of materials, so be ready to swap out anything if there is even the chance of a problem.

Speak with one of our team members if you have any questions about which material will be perfect for your patio upholstery and repair project.

Find the Perfect Outdoor Fabric

There are as many fabrics available as there are stars in the sky. Choosing the right fabric involves answering three questions:

What weather conditions will the fabric be in?

Will the colors fade? Shades of red fade the fastest, especially in sunlight.

Can it be washed?

Look for fabric or vinyl that is fade-resistant, repels water, resists mold, mildew and stains, is easy to handle, and is durable to withstand repeated use. Popular brands are Phifertex, which is used on a lot of the sling chairs that are popular right now, and Sunbrella, which is durable and manufactured to last for years.

Speak with a specialist about selections available. Most manufacturers have a sample book or swatches that you can look at, compare, or match to your existing outdoor furniture or color scheme.

Know What You Need to Do to Maintain It

No material is truly maintenance-free. Make certain that you know how to properly take care of the material when you purchase it. This could save you money by avoiding harsh cleaners or chemicals, or worse, letting the material breakdown by improper care.

Add the maintenance schedule to your personal calendar and make certain you follow it. Five minutes cleaning or conditioning the vinyl every week during the summer is less expensive than having to start back at square one next Spring.

Hire a Professional Upholstery Service Off-Season

Are you thinking of having a professional upholstery service handle everything for you? It is never too early to schedule a consultation for the off-season; especially if you are uncertain whether you can dedicate the time needed to see a DIY project to its conclusion.

We can help you order just the right outdoor fabric for your project. Contact us today to see samples and get your patio furniture looking great again!

Design Trends in Upholstery Fabric ChoicesDecorating a home is a matter of personal taste. When you don’t have a budget for an interior decorator, it’s helpful to know what colors and upholstery choices fit with current furniture design trends. Ideally, your style choices would be long-lasting, not a short design fad that goes out of style quickly.

Changing seasons can give anybody inspiration to start projects towards a fresh look in some area of the home. The most popular rooms for a quick changeover are the living room and family room. A simple change of paint color on the walls, new slipcovers or complete reupholstery on the furniture can drastically change the appearance of the room.

A quick search on the Internet produces a lot of resources about newest trends, favorite colors, reliable fabrics, and new ideas for decorating. Here are some interesting items we found about furniture, colors, and long-lasting trends.

Color of the Year

There is usually a “color of the year” announced by Pantone, which prompts many interior designers and even fashion designers to adapt their color palettes.  For 2018, the color chosen was Ultra Violet. The Pantone website explains the emotions and vision associated with this color.

The color choice for furniture can have an impact of the mood within the room. A recent report by Houzz explained how rich colors can add a sense of passion; and greys are the new “beige”.

When selecting a new color scheme, keep in mind the flooring, walls, and woodwork as well as the upholstery color. A splash of color that is accented in a bright, bold floral pattern can brighten up a room quickly, without competing with other color choices throughout the area.

Furniture Fabric Choices

The type of fabric can also follow a trend, or be a reliable, long-lasting favorite. This interior decorator explains the transition that Crypton fabrics made through the years. Classified as a Performance Fabric, Crypton is a leading stain, moisture, and odor resistant performance fabric technology that is now used in both residential and commercial furniture. What used to be a stiff, institutional-feeling fabric now competes with many softer fabric types in popularity.

Furniture Function

Open concept floorplans that have been popular are also affecting furniture choices. The larger, open rooms have plenty of seating space; although people often look for versatility when considering the function of these great rooms. Large, stuffy chairs are often replaced with lighter versions that can be easily rearranged to accommodate many types of gatherings.

And, with inter-generational living in many households now, there is also a trend for dual function furniture. An ottoman is no longer just a footrest; it also doubles as a storage chest to save space. Daybeds arranged like sofa-seating eliminates the need for excess furniture in guest rooms.

It may all seem confusing, but one benefit of working with a reputable furniture upholstery service is the guidance and advice provided. Sample books of fabric swatches can help visualize how reupholstery changes fit into your existing room design. Call D & N Upholstery to get the expert help when you’re ready to make a design change in you home.

Dining Room Chairs Reupholstery ChangesIf you’re thinking about changing things around your home for a family get-together, special event, or holiday celebration, one room to consider easy changes in is the dining room. You may not be able to afford an entire new dining room set, but there are a few things to try with the dining room chairs that will give the entire room a different, updated appearance.

The dining room has a specific purpose, with specific furniture pieces. The obvious furniture includes table and chairs or stools, perhaps with additional pieces of a buffet stand, sideboard, or china cabinet. Depending on your level of ambition, a makeover project with your furniture can be less expensive than buying a new set.

Refinishing Wood Dining Sets

Visit Pinterest online to view thousands of photos for DIY dining room makeovers. Some include complete refurbishing of the wood surfaces, while others focus on minimal but appealing changes using upholstery fabric and paint.

In past years, the type of wood used often set the tone of formality in the dining room. For instance, the dark brownish-red mahogany wood was often considered for very formal dining rooms.  Oak furniture can come in many shades, with lighter oak furniture lending itself to a casual atmosphere. Rough wood often gives the impression of farmhouse or country-style, while glass-topped furniture gives a modern appearance.

Reupholstering Dining Chairs

Reupholstering the chairs may be an ambitious DIY project, or it may be better left to an experienced upholstery service. If your chairs merely have a seat pad or cushion, changing the material can give the room a different look and feel.

However, fully upholstered chairs usually require more extensive skill in matching fabric patterns, installing welts or piping, fabric skirting, and proper reassembly. The shape of the chair also indicates the level of reupholstery expertise needed.

Upholstery Fabric and Additional Fabric Accents

The upholstery fabric selected for the chairs should be durable and comfortable. Fabric that has been tested with the Wyzenbeek method will have a durability score that indicates how well that fabric will stand up to repeated use without showing excessive wear and tear.

The Wyzenbeek machine performs an abrasion test that repeatedly performs a double-rub in both directions of the fabric. Basically, it determines how many times can the fabric sample come in contact (rubbed against) another fabric before wearing becomes evident.

Consider using the same pattern or color for fabric in a table runner, placemats, or napkins. Or, a complementary color or pattern provide extra splashes of color that dress up the table from a distance.

Selecting the right fabric, color or pattern can be overwhelming; there are thousands of choices available. One benefit of using an upholstery service is relying on their expertise and recommendations.

If you are ready to tackle the upholstery changes yourself, visit D&N Upholstery to see the large selection of upholstery fabric available. Sample booklets can be checked out to compare fabric types with your carpeting and lighting at home.

Or, if you’re ready for a new upholstered look in the dining room, the team at D&N Upholstery can give the chairs a makeover for you!

Snowmobile Seat Upholstery Repairs before winter season

Before the seasons change and snowfall is in the weather forecast, get the snowmobile ready with basic maintenance and upkeep. Pre-season check-ups or repairs can make a difference for comfortable snowmobile riding when the powder’s right. Here are some basic functional tips, comfort tips, and care ideas for your sled.

While the best time to service a snowmobile is at the end of each season, it’s a good idea to inspect the sled before hitting the trails.

Four functional areas include the rear suspension, track, front suspension, and engine compartment.

A visual inspection of both suspension areas should include checking for rust, cracks, and loose or missing bolts and nuts. The tracks should be free from deep cracks, and be sure there are no damaged or missing track clips or studs.

The engine compartment needs normal maintenance, just like your car or pickup truck. Visually inspect for cracked or broken engine mounts, corrosion on the clutches, and heavy rust. Make sure the drive belt is not worn or frayed, and the fluid levels are adequate.

If you aren’t qualified to perform repairs on the sled, find a qualified mechanic to help.

Comfort is important when riding in freezing temperatures over a long trail. A snowmobile suit ads warmth and dryness for the rider, and there are a variety of types on the market. But the part of the sled that provides the most comfort is often the one overlooked pre-season and throughout the winter months.

Snowmobile seats are designed to withstand weight pressure over long periods of time, like motorcycle seats. But weather conditions can cause the seat crack; or rips and tears can occur during normal mounting and dismounting.

Moisture inside the seat can add weight to the sled, and this moisture can also freeze within the seat if not dried properly between rides.

Normally, vinyl repair kits cover and mask the problem, but without properly treating and caring for the seat. The products within the kits themselves are prone to becoming brittle and cracking during colder temperatures.

Consider a new snowmobile seat upholstery by a qualified professional. Reupholstery is less expensive than a new seat, and additional foam shaping can give added comfort to the ride. You can also get custom vinyl colors or designs for a fresh look on the seat.

There are a number of patents pending for new snowmobile seat design, offering better comfort and reduced moisture absorption.

When choosing an upholstery fabric for snowmobile seats, look for cold crack vinyl that will withstand the drop in temperatures without wearing and cracking. The inside foam cushion can often be formed to provide better seat comfort, and quality stainless staples will prevent rust during seat assembly.

Choose the cleaning product carefully for seat care, just as you would for polishing the frame. Some products can dry the vinyl or create a slippery coating that can be hazardous when riding.

Call D&N Upholstery to schedule snowmobile seat reupholstery, or to order high-quality cold crack vinyl for the sled.

If you are trying to reduce the cost of running a medical office, an exam table upholstery service will save a lot of money when compared to buying new exam tables. Here are three things to consider for any type of medical office furniture reupholstery.

What is Included in a Reupholstery Estimate?

A basic estimate for any service usually includes labor time and materials. A car mechanic presents the estimate this way, as well as a local plumber or electrician. However, there are many variables that could be included in an exam table reupholstery estimate.

The design of the table plays a crucial factor in the labor cost; and whether the table has removable pads. Disassembling medical equipment may be complex if it is built with a lot of wires and adjustments within the table and padding area. The time to disassemble and reassemble the exam table is usually included in the estimate.

Variables that affect the material costs might include whether the foam needs to be replaced, if additional repairs are needed on the frame, and the type of upholstery fabric used. And, the materials differ from one type of table to another.

For instance, a chiropractic adjustment table usually includes a firmer cushion at the base of the surface, which gives the stability needed during a chiropractic adjustment. Then, a softer cushion provides better comfort for the customer, and is usually layered between the base foam and the upholstery fabric.

A massage table may be constructed more basically, but could have different requirements regarding the foam density.

Location and Turnaround Time

The turnaround time often depends on the number of exam tables that need to be upholstered, and where the service will be performed. Some upholstery specialists do all the service work at their own facility.

Transportation might be factored into the cost of the project; and whether the tables are transported fully-assembled, or if just the padded pieces are taken back to the shop to work on. Due to their size, even a few fully-assembled tables may require additional trips, when compared to just the padded pieces being transported.

Other specialists may work out a schedule that allows for the work to be done off-hours at your medical office; but this might come at a premium rate. It also may need to include additional workers to get the work finished before normal business hours.

Why is Crypton® Fabric Recommended in a Medical Office?

Standards across the medical industry are specific for anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties, and currently, Crypton® fabric meets those standards. Crypton® Fabric is an engineered textile, and meets requirements for stain resistance, water resistance, abrasion, tearing strength, breaking strength, seam slippage, flammability, and resistance to fungal and bacterial growth.

The fabric also prohibits the growth of molds, and bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, E coli, and MRSA, as well as viruses like HIV and Hepatitis.

Crypton® Fabric is made to be durable and long-lasting, easy to clean, and nice to look at. Many colors and patterns are available, and can be ordered through a qualified upholstery specialist. The value of this fabric is worth the investment, due to the engineering properties and longevity when properly cleaned.

Reducing costs in a medical office can include wise choices of reupholstering furniture vs. buying new items. Call D & N Upholstery to schedule your exam table reupholstery today.

Reupholstering Furniture Extends Life of a Quality Built Chair

The online quote request on our website is a great way to start researching reupholstering furniture. Unfortunately, not all furniture is worthy of a second or third life.

If you are just starting to furnish your new home, or if you are considering a purchase through an auction or thrift store, there are some things to consider before buying furniture. And, if you already have a piece that you love, these tips that will tell you if it’s worth the cost to extend the life with a quality reupholstery service.

Build Structure of Furniture

Not all furniture is built the same. As our lifestyles progress towards faster, cheaper, more economical desires, the mass-production manufacturing standards have lowered over the years. What used to last for multiple-decades now barely lasts three to five years.

Look for solid construction. Turn the chair over and see how the frame fits together. The joints on long-lasting furniture are usually assembled with a dovetail or a mortise-and-tendon. These methods join two pieces of wood tightly with interlocking pieces, like how two gears fit together.

Corner blocks on the inside corners of the frame add extra strength to an area that is often weakened with repeated use and movement.

Not all Materials are Alike

At a basic level, furniture is made of a frame, supports, and cushions. Be aware of the materials used in each area.

Hardwood furniture is more durable and stable. Look for oak, maple, cherry, birch, or walnut wood types. Soft woods like pine or poplar will scratch easier, and probably won’t last as long.

Seating support is often built with springs or web suspension, or a combination of both. Common spring construction includes coil springs or sinuous springs. Springs that are properly tied together provide good tension and accurate positioning beneath the weight and movement of a person.

Cushion construction has changed through the years, from down and feathers to firmer cushion material. The most common today is high density polyurethane foam, which is cut to the correct size, and can often be wrapped in batting before being upholstered.

Choose the Right Fabric

There are a lot of choices in upholstery fabric, and just like the other components of quality furniture, not all fabric will last the same. Materials have different uses, and our Upholstery Fabric page explains the best vendors we use for each situation. Commercial fabric has additional long-lasting properties included, such as anti-microbial, stain resistance, and other qualities that differentiate it from regular upholstery.

The biggest factor to consider with furniture fabric is the abrasion it will endure. The constant rubbing when a person moves in and out of furniture causes stress on the fabric fibers, wearing them down.

We recommend certain fabric strengths, based on how the furniture will be used. Furniture in a reception area or waiting room is used more frequently than a side chair in a sitting room.

A double-rub scoring system determines how long the fabric will last, and upholstery fabric is often measured with a Wyzenbeek machine. This repeatedly performs a double-rub in both directions on the fabric, which is measured until fiber breakdown occurs. We have more information about the Wyzenbeek method on our blog article: Durability of Upholstery Fabric

Is Your Furniture Worth It?

When you factor in the disposal costs of modern, throw-away furniture and how long it takes to recycle and break down in the environment, there is a lot to consider during a furniture purchase. Saving money up front in the purchase price can end up costing money if the item doesn’t last as long as expected, and cannot be repaired.

There is a cost involved with reupholstering furniture, and for the right piece, that cost extends the value of the asset. The right piece of furniture is definitely worth the time, effort, and cost to reupholster. If your piece was originally built with the methods explained here, then give us a call or ask for a quote!

Medical Office Design with Furniture ReupholsteryThe health care industry is competitive in many ways. Patients look for the best care possible, at the most affordable prices. They also want friendly, knowledgeable caregivers. But medical office design is also important in the decision process. If the doctor’s office or other facility is outdated or doesn’t look great, they may not come back for a follow-up visit.

When considering the design of a medical office, there are often subtle improvements that can make a difference in traffic flow, processes, and even the comfort level. Costs can add up during a renovation project. Here are some medical office design tips that will help save money – starting with furniture reupholstery.

Throwing out old furniture to buy new waiting room seating may provide a fresh look during the renovation; but the cost of new furniture could be used better in other areas. Evaluate the existing furniture to determine what changes are possible.

New seating arrangement or configuration

Depending on the space available, rearranging the waiting room chair configuration can give a totally different appearance to the entire room. Instead of rows of chairs, consider small groupings together with an end table. This provides a more casual, relaxed environment.

Think of patient age groups when renovating an office. Older patients look for sturdy chairs with firmer cushions. But, providing a kid-friendly seating area can also offer a peaceful environment when the youngsters can comfortably sit in furniture designed for them.

Change the colors or patterns in the furniture upholstery

One easy way of giving the room a facelift is to change the color scheme or patterns. Look for the latest color choices that have long-lasting value. Then add those colors while changing the upholstery fabric of the waiting room chairs.

Institutional-looking colors and fabric are out of date. Many medical offices and hospitals are upgrading their rooms to include shades of complementary color families. Chairs don’t have to be identical. A chair with solid upholstery fabric and sit nicely next to another chair with a subtle pattern.

Upgrade to quality upholstery fabric

Germs are often floating around a doctor’s office, with all the sneezing and coughing that happens there. That doesn’t mean that germs need to linger on the furniture. When reupholstering, upgrade to a Crypton® fabric, some of the most stain-resistant fabric available that is also anti-microbial and odor-resistant.

Other subtle medical office design changes

A fresh coat of paint or an accent wall with new wallpaper can be fairly cost effective. Pick colors that are warm and calming, and add color accents with framed artwork or table decorations.

Change the lighting configuration for a different appearance. Institutional overhead lighting can be softened by adding smaller table lamps or decorative wall lamps throughout the waiting room.

Saving money in some areas of the renovation may free up funds for different upgrades, like a larger TV screen, Wi-Fi access, or other things that patients would appreciate.

A medical office redesign doesn’t need to break the budget. Start with some subtle color changes, reupholster furniture for a fresh look, and help the patients be as comfortable as possible during their visit.

A qualified furniture reupholstery specialist can efficiently change the look of the waiting room chairs during off-hours, so appointment times are not disrupted.

D&N Upholstery has helped with many local medical office design upgrades and hospital renovations. Contact us today for a consultation about your medical facility furniture.

Trolling along in your boat during warmer weather is a great hobby and offers relaxation for hours. But it may be important to first consider boat seat repairs or replacement. We answer some common questions about boat seat upholstery services here.

How are boat seats constructed?

There are basic supplies used in every boat seat. A wood base starts the project, followed by a foam cushion. The firmness and height of this foam may vary, and you may have an individual preference for your comfort.

Sometimes, a moisture barrier is added as an extra layer before the final fabric is applied. Marine-grade vinyl is used to cover the entire surface.

What type of wood is best for the base?

There are two basic types of wood commonly used for boats.

Marine grade wood is soft wood glued together with exterior waterproof glue. The wood is not waterproof, but the glue holding it together acts as a water barrier.

Pressure treated plywood goes through a chemical process to deter mold, mildew and rot. Insecticides are also sometimes applied to the wood, to prevent insect damage.

Frames are also constructed of blow-molded plastic, which seem to last longer than wooden frames.

What type of foam cushion is best for boat seats?

High density foam is best for these seats. The firmness level is often a personal preference, and the same density is often used in the cushion as in the back rest.

What is marine vinyl upholstery fabric?

Marine vinyl is manufactured to be fade-resistant to direct sunlight. It is also treated to have antifungal and antibacterial properties.

Materials that comply with the ASTM standards have passed UV testing and mildew resistance requirements. Most marine vinyl has a similar weight, so the visual preference is often a deciding factor in the type of material used.

Decorative materials like piping or welt trim should also match the marine standards of the vinyl fabric.

Keep in mind that some colors will naturally fade faster than others, especially when exposed to the weather. Colorfastness of the dyes used in different types of fabric can vary, and red colors are usually the ones that begin fading the fastest.

Are the seat seams waterproof?

Seams themselves are not waterproof, even direct from the factory. Using a UV-grade thread when sewing the seams will help deter the sun’s rays from breaking down the seam. A seam sealer can also be applied across the seam after sewing, but this is typically done to boat covers, not on seats.

What is the proper way to clean and store boat seats?

It is important to use cleaning products designed for marina fabrics. The constant presence of moisture and changing temperatures are an invitation for mold and mildew to begin forming on the surface, which could eventually creep through the seams to the foam cushion beneath.

Be aware of the many different colors of mold, which include a range of black, white, grey, bluish-green, and pink. Each type grows due to a slightly different environmental condition, and sometimes requires different cleaning methods.

It’s best to avoid bleach or vinegar when cleaning marine vinyl. Instead, look for products that are made for the job, and offer protection from the elements. Two popular products for cleaning and protecting vinyl include the 303 Aerospace Protectant and IOSSO Stain Remover. These both have a high UV protectant, which will help prevent the vinyl from drying, cracking, and fading.

Contact D&N Upholstery for help when you’re ready to give your boat seats a new look!

Auto Headliner RepairThe headliner of your car or van may be sagging or drooping, a common problem in older cars. There are many online do-it-yourself tips for repairing this fabric ceiling in a car, but the experience of an upholstery professional can save you from the hassle and time spent on a repair project.

Online headliner repair tips may describe methods of using push tacks or extra spray adhesive to secure small areas that are sagging. Unfortunately, these are short-term attempts to fix a problem that should involve complete headliner replacement.

Consider the following when deciding on DIY headliner repair or using a professional service:

Headliner material

The headliner board itself may be made of either fiberglass, plastic, or cardboard. Fiberglass headliners have an outer layer that provides protection from the sensitive itching that some experience when working with fiberglass.

Traditional headliner fabric already contains a foam backing. Pre-fab headliner repair kits available on the market usually contain a slim selection of fabric colors and types.

Custom headliners can be developed with specialized fabric adhered to foam rubber sheeting. A professional upholstery expert knows the best types of material, proper color match and patterns to use in a vehicle.

Disassembly of headliner from the vehicle

A brave DIY type person might handle a headliner replacement in a few hours. However, depending on the type of vehicle and options integrated inside the car interior, it may be better to let a professional handle the job.

Here are some typical disassembly steps:

Remove all trim – visors, visor clips, dome lights, grab handles, coat hooks, and other trim screws holding in the trim panels. Remove the side trim panels – these are usually plastic and can easily break; then remove front & rear trim. Remove the rubber sealing tubes around doors.

Special tools may be needed for specific headliners, especially for sunroofs, overhead consoles, lighted visors, curtain airbags or pillar airbags.

Finally, remove the headliner from the vehicle without damaging the structure.

Replacing auto headliner fabric

At first glance, the fabric replacement may seem easy; but if not finished correctly, buckling or sagging of the fabric can result.

Basic steps include removing the old fabric, using a brush to scrape remaining foam from the board, positioning the new fabric over the headliner board and adhering it with a spray adhesive that is specific for high temperatures that are found in closed vehicles. Carefully trim and overlap fabric edges in the right places before installing the headliner back inside the vehicle.

When ready to re-install the headliner in the car, re-connect any wires needed, and install all clips and trim.

While this may seem like an ideal DIY job, an upholstery specialist experienced in car interior restoration can efficiently replace a headliner and ensure that there is a snug, good-looking fit to the finished installation. Call us at D & N Upholstery to take care of your next auto headliner repair.