How to Upholster an RV Dinette Backrest Frame

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Is the dinette seating in your RV in need of a makeover? Has your foam bottomed out? Are your cushions saggy and uncomfortable? Is your vinyl upholstery cracking? It’s not as difficult as you might think to reupholster your RV or camper’s dinette bench. This video tutorial will teach you how to reupholster the backrest frame of your dinette bench seating. Let’s get started.

Learn how to upholster the backrest frame for an RV dinette seating area.

To prep our backrest frame, first we used an adhesive remover to remove any grease or dirt on the frame. We highly recommend this step so that the bonding adhesive has a clean surface to adhere the foam to. Next, we cut the 1/2" Sew Foam that was used to add some padding and fullness to the backrest. Adding a layer of Sew Foam adds a softer, rounded look to the backrest and helps to smooth out any unevenness.

We’re using the same vinyl upholstery fabric for the backrest and for the cushions on our RV dinette benches. EverSoft™ Indoor/Outdoor Upholstery Vinyl is a great choice for RV and auto upholstery, as well as marine cushions and upholstery, patio cushions, home seating applications and more. This four-way stretch vinyl is very easy to contour and shape during upholstery work. It’s waterproof, easy to clean and highly abrasion resistant — very important qualities to look for in RV upholstery fabric.

Watch the video below to see for yourself how easy it is to reupholster the backrest in an RV banquette.

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Materials List:

  • 3M™ Specialty Adhesive Remover 32 oz. (Quart) #108984
  • Fabric Backed 1/2" Sew Foam 58" (5 yds.) #121507
  • 3M™ Foam Fast 74 CA Spray Adhesive Low VOC 24 oz. #123600
  • EverSoft™ Indoor/Outdoor Navy 54" Vinyl Fabric #122214

Tools List:

  • Westcott® Straight Shears 8" #122447
  • Grease Marking Pencil White #101026