Cover RV recliner sections?


I’m in my RV until our house is built. The 4-section “leather” sofa in our slide lasted about 6 months until the “leather all started sloughing off in pieces leaving a foam cover that never stops shedding even though I’ve put on a slipcover which is forever “slipping”. The furniture itself is actually comfortable and each of the 4 sections reclines, so I hate to toss them.

I need suggestions for some permanent cover that adheres to the surface AND a fabric upholstery. The 2 end sections have an outer “arm@ and the 2 middle sections do not. HELP!

  17 answers
  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Sep 17, 2020

    This might be a long shot but I wonder if its "repairable" I know they sell this stuff that's almost like a glue/paint for breaking a part leather. Here's a youtube video:

  • Mogie Mogie on Sep 17, 2020

    Is the sofa real leather or fake leather?

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    • Janice Janice on Sep 15, 2021

      It is likely "bonded" leather which is a very thin layer of leather over fabric. I'm having the same problem with bonded leather 360-degree swivel chairs from Pier One! Hope someone provides a great soluton!

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Sep 17, 2020

    How old is the RV? Did you contact the dealer?

    • Cammie Hauser Cammie Hauser on Sep 18, 2020

      Bought used so no warranty on the couch. It was perfect 6 mo ago.

      thank you for the links!

  • Dee Dee on Sep 17, 2020

    Since it is fairly new, contact the dealer. It may still be under warranty or they may have the supplies or patterns to help you recover the seats yourself.

  • Cindy Cindy on Sep 17, 2020

    Hi Cammie. You could try your hand at upholstery. It would be easier to work with if you could take the recliner apart. If that's not possible, you could upholster it right in place, but it would make the job a lot harder. You will need spray adhesive, foam, batting, and fabric.

    You can buy these things at your local fabric store. You will also need a staple gun. Begin by cutting the foam so that it will fit the section you are working with. Spray the spray adhesive on one side of the foam. Then lay it down on top of the seat. Next cut the batting big enough to cover the foam with a couple inches extra on all sides. Spray the adhesive on one side of the batting and lay it down on the foam. Remove any wrinkles in the batting. Next comes the fabric. Cut it a size that will cover the batting and foam with about 6 inches extra on all sides. Lay it down and work out any wrinkles. Pull the fabric down and under the seat and put one staple in the center on all four sides. After that you can finish by stapling the fabric down all the way around the perimeter. Cut off everything past the staples. Good luck Cammie. I wish you well.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Sep 17, 2020

    Before you do anything check your contract and see if it is under warranty.

    Yes, contact your dealer, take pictures and submit them. the upholstery should last longer than 6 months, or see if you can get them to have a repairman come out and evaluate. Once they have a professional look at what is going on, they should take steps to repair or replace the unit.

    If you are out of warranty, you might have to take matters into your own hands and reupholster.

    Also, take a look at what the BBB has to say about them. And please write your honest review. Be careful to not slander, just the facts!

  • Betsy Betsy on Sep 17, 2020

    Hi Cammie: 6 months is not a very long time. I'd contact whomever you bought it from and tell them you want a replacement. Obviously, not real leather, or very cheap leather, was used. If they refuse, then small claims court is your next move. If it's only 6 months old, you will prevail in court. Good luck

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Sep 17, 2020

    Hello, I would suggest contacting the store you purchased the furniture at and or the manufacturer. Some companies like Costco even warranty products longer than the actual manufacturer would as we saw in the case of our patio furniture.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Sep 18, 2020

    Folks, please read the question fully before replying.

    The problem here is with a sectional couch in a slide-out of an RV.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Sep 18, 2020


    Posting a picture of your couch showing what you have to work with would be helpful.

    If it can be seen how the unit it affixed to the base, or how the individual sections of the couch are connected to each other, it may be easier to give suggestions on how covers could be made to stay attached to the cushions.

  • Cammie Hauser Cammie Hauser on Sep 18, 2020

    Thank you all for the suggestions. I’ll try to post a picture. We bought the RV In good condition but used so nothing under warranty on the couch. It looked perfect six months ago but the leather is definitely not real it flakes off like a bad paint job . The foam underneath is actually in good condition.

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide Lauren of Mom Home Guide on Sep 19, 2020

    I like Cindy’s suggestion. Her idea sounds like a great way to DIY upholster the couch. I have a massage recliner chair with the same problem. I might try her method to fix it.

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide Lauren of Mom Home Guide on Sep 19, 2020

    Does the sofa have removable cushions? If so, you can make fabric envelope cushion covers for them. This is a tutorial on how to make envelope cushion covers:

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Mar 15, 2021

    Would you be able to cut upholstery fabric and glue hem the edges and then either Velcro it around the perimeter or consider glueing it all down with an adhesive like E6000?

    I would not go with another vinyl, as it will break down the same way, eventually.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 04, 2021


    Call in an Upholsterer or Supplier of Stretch Covers such as PLUMBS! They will give you a price to do the job and then leave you with the quote.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Sep 25, 2021

    They have leather scraps that you can buy at hobby Lobby. You can cover the tears with the patches and use leather glue to hold them in place. Good luck!