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re-upholstery question on fabric choice

Hi All,

Wow! Quotes for interior re-upholstery are high here in Seattle for my 27' O'Day. Keep in mind I'll use the original foam, but best price so far is $800 labor and about 600.00 in materials using 20.5 yards of face material and a cheaper ticking on the bottoms.

Anyway, we picked a really nice fabric that is 100% cotton upholstery material, but I heard that cotton can absorb smells. Is this true; would we be better off with a synthetic? What do you think?
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I used Sunbrella fabric on my C30 interior. They have a huge selection of fabrics for this purpose. I chose it because it is designed for exterior applications and doesn't mind water.
We are really happy with it .
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Cotton on a boat, where it is going to get salt water on it...will definitely mildew... not a good thing... Go with a good synthetic that will not absorb water as readily and is far more resistant to mildewing.
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Aside from the mildew issues, cotton does not wear nearly as well as synthetics, stains easily and may shrink when wet (unless preshrunk?). This of course, may be undesirable with form-fitting cushion seats and backs.

Although, $1,400 is not a bad price, even considering the use of cotton. We do have lots of cushions, but the former owners of our boat had the entire interior reuphostered for $5k. That price did include several custom throw pillows with True Blue embroidered on them, but they bought the synthetic blend material at cost.
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Sunbrella has a marine grade interior linen, I used Black forest Green ( linen ) on my interior and Std. forest green on the exterior............looks fantastic
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I just had all my cushions redone ( 11 cushions in all ) and we used tempurpedic foam for all the sitting/bed cushions. I paid $1150. I did shop it and had prices as high as $3800.00. I did find a rather cheap online place to have your cushions done. If you like demin you could do your boat for $500.00. Here is the place.
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Freesail, I wasn't clear. Did you use the online place for your order, or somewhere else? Boy, $1,150 for all that...what a deal! Also, did you replace all the foam, or just some?

That seems incredible! I figured the foam alone would cost that.
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I had my cushions done in Vineland, NJ. The online place is cheap and you could do well by them, depending what you want.
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Where in Vineland did you go, that's a very low price
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