Whether you’re looking to deck out your boat, add some sun safety with a canopy or want it to withstand inclement weather, an upholstery business can add value to your boat in various ways.

Although more and more people are attempting to DIY these days, it can affect the resale of your vehicle in years to come and can also put you or anyone riding in the boat in an unsafe position if not done correctly (https://www.sosupholstery.com/diy-auto-upholstery-3-reasons-why-you-shouldnt-do-it).

With that in mind, here are 4 things you should look for when choosing an upholsterer.

1. Quality

Marine vehicles have a very high exposure to sun, water and weather, meaning you need quality materials that are going to last. Make sure your upholsterer has marine-rated materials that will also provide comfort for passengers. Check out reviews from past customers to see if their jobs have stood the test of time. Quality might cost you a bit more upfront, but it will definitely save you in the long run.

2. Experience

Quality and experience go hand in hand. If you’re paying good money for quality materials, you want assurance that they’re going to be handled and implemented with the highest care and detail. Ask your potential upholster how long they have been in business and about their experience. Once again, reviews will be a great way to hear about their past work.

3. Works with you to achieve a result you’re happy with

Every boat is different, which is why every experience with an upholsterer should be too! When choosing an upholsterer you want someone who is going to work with you every step of the way to make sure the end result is up to your satisfaction. This means listening to your wants and needs, but also offering their expert advice when necessary. Have a chat to your potential upholsterer about what they can do for you, and how they can showcase your personality through their work.

4. Safe areas for refits and re-trims

You’ve spent a lot of money on a boat and it can be a bit nerve-wracking bringing it into a new workshop where you don’t know if it will be safe. Choose an upholsterer who uses a protective space to work on your marine vehicle – you can ask to see this too.

So whether you are wanting to re-design or restore or want a replacement service, don’t try and DIY at home. Contact a professional and make sure they are reliable and are going to listen to you. Most upholsterers will be more than happy to have a chat with you so you can get a feel for their business and what they can do for you.