How to Reupholster Golf Cart Backrests

Item # X-HT-300217

Creating custom upholstered backrests to match your golf cart seat is one way to give your vehicle a polished, professional look. In this detailed tutorial, we will be illustrating how to reupholster a golf cart’s backrests by re-covering them with a quality marine vinyl fabric from Sailrite®. The style and configuration of your backrest may vary slightly from what is shown in this video, but the principles covered within should still apply. This is part of our Golf Cart Remodel series, so be sure to check out the “How to Reupholster a Golf Cart Seat” video (300216XHT) to learn how to spruce up your entire golf cart assembly!

The classic two-toned racing stripe look we created in our video was achieved using Morbern® Hexx Copper (#120348) and Morbern® Allsport 4-Way Stretch Chalk (#104180). These marine- and automotive-grade vinyls provide superior protection on a golf cart as they boast great resistance to water, stains and cold weather. They’re also incredibly easy to clean with soap and water, making them the perfect companion for out on the course. Whether you decide to use one or multiple colors for your golf cart upholstery, Sailrite has a wide selection of high-quality vinyl fabrics to create a beautiful, custom look.

Before we remove the old vinyl fabric, we first need to unscrew the backrest from the golf cart and mark up the cushion to make it easier for patterning. Since this backrest has a lot of shape, we’ll label the top and bottom edges not only on the vinyl, but also on the backer board. To give our seat a tailored look, we’re going to sew it together using three panels—one top plate with a two-tone racing stripe, and two sides or boxing. These three pieces will be sewn together to create our backrest. You will need 1 yard of each color of fabric you plan to use.

Most, if not all, golf cart backrests are stapled to a backer board. We’ll be attaching the entire sewn fabric assembly to the backer boards using the Sailrite® Long Nose Staple Gun (#121411). These powerful, lightweight staple guns have a comfort handgrip and a long nose ideal for tackling hard-to-reach areas of upholstery. They make any project a breeze! While you can reuse the old foam and backer board of your backrests, If you find the foam needs to be replaced, we recommend utilizing a high density polyurethane foam in a medium firmness, available on our website.

By the end of this tutorial your reupholstered golf cart backrests will be the perfect professional-looking addition to spruce up your vehicle. How do you drive in style? Show us your finished golf cart upholstery projects in the comments; we’d love to see your hard work!

Video Chapters:

  • Patterning – 38:15 min.
  • Cutting Plate Fabrics – 5:10 min.
  • Sewing Plate Sections Together - 6:27 min.
  • Cutting and Sewing Side Boxing - 12:32 min.
  • Stapling to Backer Board - 18:27 min.
  • Material List - 24:25 min.

Materials List:

  • Marine Vinyl Fabric – we used Morbern® Hexx Copper - Item #120348 & Morbern® Allsport 4‑Way Stretch Chalk- Item #104180
  • Thread V 92 White Polyester UV 4 oz. - Item #100079
  • Cushion Wrap Silk Film 54" - Item #103933
  • Sailrite® 21 Gauge 3/8" (10mm) Staples 10,000/Box (Stainless Steel) - Item #121427

Tools List:

  • Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat 24" x 36" - Item #120257
  • Comfort Grip Rotary Cutter 60mm - Item #9655
  • Deluxe 5 1/2" Magnetic Sewing Guide - Item #103597
  • Sailrite® Ultrafeed® LSZ‑1 PLUS (110V) Walking Foot Sewing Machine - Item #300602
  • Gingher® 8" Scissors - Item #19104 (right hand) / #19105 (left hand)
  • Sailrite® Long Nose Staple Gun - Item #121411
  • Gingher® Thread Nippers 4‑1/2" - Item #104710
  • Marker, Tape Measure, Pencil, Needle Nose Pliers, Screwdriver