Upholstery for Caravans
Caravanning is once again popular in the UK. As the recession hit in 2008, the 'staycation' become ever more popular and the number of people owning caravans started to increase. Seen for so long as the preserve of the older generation, many people with young families are now realising how great a caravan, or mobile home actually is.
Estimates suggests that there are close to half a million touring caravans currently in use on the UK and over 300,000 static caravans. The Caravan Club boasts 80,000 members alone, and with caravan holidays thought to total around £3billion in revenue for UK businesses, you can see how popular this way of spending a holiday or a weekend away has become.
The popularity in caravanning has meant that the caravans themselves are holding their value but it is still a tough market. And so many people are choosing to keep hold of their vans, spending some cash instead on sprucing them up.
And one way of improving the interior of the van is to invest in upholstery for caravans, from new seating, through to blinds, curtains and cushions.
What do you need to consider when choosing upholstery for caravans?
- » Fire retardant - some older fabrics in older vans do not meet all the necessary safety standards and features we have now come to expect in the modern van. For this reason, all parts of the soft furnishings, not just the outer covers are replaced making you seating fire retardant.
- » Washable - in some vans, the upholstery for caravans have been sewn in hence it is difficult to keep them clean, and the caravan smelling fresh. Having the interior of the van renovated and the furnishings replaced lightens the look and smell of the interior, giving it a fresh, new look. And, you can keep it this way by unzipping the cushion covers and washing them too!
The choice of upholstery materials for caravans
It is not just a simple case of choosing the colour or pattern! You need something that is robust, and yet without the feeling of it being too heavy-duty and over the top…
- » Fabrics that have a dense weave tend to offer more in terms of robust and long life; they crumple less and will take less to keep them looking good
- » Synthetic fibres can offer a lot in terms of being able to wash or spot clean the fabric in the caravan, perfect when you think that caravanning involved cooking, eating and sleep in the space in some cases
- » Natural fibres can offer great properties too but they tend to be more expensive; wool, for example, would be great as upholstery in caravans due to its warmth and insulating properties, as well as its coolness in summer.
Of course, you will also want to add or improve the visual appeal of the interior of your caravan, and this is exactly what well-chosen upholstery for caravans can do - there is an almost infinite number of colours and patterns to choose from too!