How to Upholster Corners & Curves With 4-Way Stretch Vinyl

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In every vinyl upholstery project, there may be a panel that has a lot of curves, sharp corners or a combination of the two. Don't let it scare you, though — it's easy to upholster an oddly shaped panel with the right vinyl material and upholstery techniques! In this blog, we'll show you how to make smooth, wrinkle-free corners and curves with vinyl material.

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Use four-way stretch vinyl and a few other materials to upholster curves and corners with no wrinkles.

Before getting started, it helps to consider which vinyl type will give you the best results on your unique project. Some vinyls stretch and curve to accommodate odd shapes better than others do. One of these is four-way stretch vinyl. It's a good choice for marine, auto/RV and outdoor living projects, to name a few.

You can pull and arrange stretch vinyl fabric to cover almost any shape. It hugs corners and curves without wrinkling much — and any wrinkles that pop up are easy to get rid of with a few simple tools and techniques. Sailrite® carries four-way stretch vinyl from EverSoft™, Morbern® and Sunbrella®, so you have plenty of color and texture options to choose from.

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Use wrinkles and relief notches on the back of the panel to make the front as smooth as possible.

Whatever unusual shape you're facing in your project, we can help you cover it with vinyl upholstery material. In this video, you'll learn how to upholster around curves, corners and combination corner/curve sections. You don't have to be an expert — just follow along with our tutorial to make a professional-looking finished piece. You can do it! Watch the video now to get started.

Was this your first time working with four-way stretch vinyl? What do you think of it? Tell us in the comment section below. And if you prefer traditional upholstery fabric over vinyl, don't worry — we have you covered there too. Just read our blog "How to Wrap Fabric Around the Corners of a Backer Board" (#300574HXT) to get helpful upholstery how-tos for making smooth corners and curves in fabric.

Materials List

  • Fabric Backed Sew Foam 58" (#124306)
  • 3M™ General Trim Spray Adhesive 18.1 oz. (#73211)
  • EverSoft™ Indoor/Outdoor Teak 54" Vinyl Fabric (#122218)
  • S-18 All-Purpose Adhesive 8 oz. (#124193)

Tools List

  • Sailrite® Canvas Patterning Ruler (#107040)
  • Gingher® Scissors Right Hand Lightweight 8" (#101017)
  • Fabric Edge Match Pliers (#123498)
  • Sailrite® Bakelite Mallet 13 oz. (#123309)