Choosing upholstery fabric for your yacht

| With thanks to ABC Canvas and Upholstery House

 

Some aspects of choosing upholstery fabric may seem obvious such as selecting colour, texture and style. However, since it’s crucial to take into account how the fabric will be used, Yachting Pages has spoken to professionals in the industry to find out tips on just how to choose the correct upholstery fabric for your requirements.

fabrics

Durability

Testing durability on upholstery fabric can be a long process. Both the Wzenbeek and Martindale are abrasion, or ‘rub’ tests used for testing durability. Wzenbeek involves rubbing along the warp (longitudinal) and weft (lateral) of the fabric compared to the Martindale process which is a figure of 8 rub.

It is important that the fabric chosen is of a good durability. For example, fabric for chairs, sofas, chaise lounges etc… should be of a good quality and thickness for the job, particularly if animals will also be sharing it.

Marianna Reimer from Upholstery House said, “When it comes to upholstered furniture, bear in mind that it can only be dry cleaned when in the marina, therefore, apart from its design, the fabric should also be practical and resistant to general grease.”

Marianna continued, “With regards to bed spreads, I recommend fabrics which are not 100% cotton or linen as it creases easily – choose instead, a non-crease fabric.” Upholstery used for exterior furnishings should be breathable and hold a decent company warranty in the event of damage, ideally the warranty should last for 10 years, although it is likely to be replaced in this time.

upholstery house

Colour and style

The colour and style of the upholstery will of course be entirely up to personal preference, however latest trends in design have seen both comfort and functionality taking the spotlight. The colours chosen are often crisp and strong and reflect freshness without the clinical feel.

Use of neutral colours such as greys and creams, are still high on the agenda for many superyachts, with the tendency to choose colour blocking over other patterns. Although, from a steward’s/esses’ point of view these can be the most difficult to maintain, neutral colours give the impression of a much larger space, essential when on board a yacht.

On the other hand however, a blend of contrasting colours, statement fabrics and an untraditional approach to the mix of materials are also high in demand, for example, leather, silk, velvets, cotton, linen and some weaves.

fabrics

Special considerations

Karen Vogt from ABC Canvas commented, “When it comes to thread, it is most important to sew with a quality thread with the same warranty as the fabric it’s sewn into. For example, Tenera, made by Gore can withstand UV rays, salt water, motor fuel and all canvas cleaning agents. You can’t burn this thread! Gore’s warranty, not only pays for thread replacement, but the labour to do the repair also.”

Karen went on to recommend, “Isinglass or clear vinyl for use in viewing the sea you are sailing on can give the same optical clarity of sheet glass for 1/3 of the price. We would personally recommend 40g AdvantageX for this, it’s rolled yet gives a great effect.”

For the best results, choose a company that works across more than one medium within upholstery, for example, a company which provides a package of services including upholstery, soft furnishings and interior decoration. Ideally, the company will also be mobile, to accommodate the ever-moving demand of superyachts.

Upholstery & Fabrics Articles
June 17, 2022
Tried & Tested: Best Water Toys 2022
Tried & Tested: Best Water Toys 2022

In our 2022 Tried & Tested, yacht toy specialist EAMS and a group of captains and crew review a selection of the very best luxury water toys on the market. Find out which toy was crowned the winner...

By Hannah Rankine
March 12, 2021
Tried & Tested: Best Yacht Crew Polo Shirts
Tried & Tested: Best Yacht Crew Polo Shirts

In this Tried & Tested, clothing specialist Sea Design conducts a review into the best yacht crew polo shirts on the market. Which garment comes out on top when put to the test? Find out the number one option...

By Nathan Bees
January 21, 2021
Tried & Tested: Best Yacht Cleaning Products
Tried & Tested: Best Yacht Cleaning Products

In this Tried & Tested, yacht cleaning expert Marine 16 Ltd and cleaning expert Judith Shaw rate and review some of the best cleaning products available to buy. Find out which product was crowned the best following rigorous testing.

By Yachting Pages
ISWAN yacht crew support now available on WhatsApp

Yacht crew can now use WhatsApp to contact International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN)’s free, inter...

By Annabelle Fox
September 29, 2022
ISWAN yacht crew support now available on WhatsApp
ICON Yachts begins conversion on commercial vessel known as Project UFO

ICON Yachts has begun the conversion of Project UFO, turning a commercial vessel into a long-range luxury family explore...

By Annabelle Fox
September 29, 2022
ICON Yachts begins conversion on commercial vessel known as Project UFO

Finished reading? Now find your perfect supplier.

Search our industry-leading directory for over 20,000 superyacht suppliers, providers and marinas.

Search now