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Old 03-03-2011, 05:55 PM
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Cost of having seats covered???

Hello everyone, I'm looking for some seats to put in my V8 beetle

At first I was thinking of just going to the local u pull it yard and finding a set of seats out of a cobalt or cavalier, etc, I know the cobalt rear seat will fit in my widened bug and I was thinking something dark grey or black cloth.

Then I was thinking that maybe instead I could just make my own custom seats that would fit the car better and have someone cover them for me.

I was just curious about an approximate cost to have 2 smaller sized bucket seats and a small bench seat would cost to have covered in a dark grey or black cloth???

If it wouldn't cost an arm and a leg I may give it a shot.

Thanks for the help guys

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I live in NYC and inquired at a local upholstery shop about similar work a few years ago, The best price the guy could give me was $1800. The car was a "76 Firebird with front buckets and a rear bench seat.
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The price is going to vary from area to area and also be dependent on the skill and reputation of the person doing the work. It is also dependent on what fabric you pick, and if you want changes made to the original front seat covers. It would also be more expensive to start from scratch on the rear seat that is made specific to the car for which no pattern exists. The more you ask for, the higher the price will be. In your case, $1800 would probably be about right.

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Old 03-03-2011, 08:04 PM
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Alright thanks guys, right now I think I'd rather spend that kind of money else where on the car............. Looks like I'll be pulling a set of decent seats at the u pull.

Thanks again....
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Dan is right. The cost will vary depending on location. Here in the southwest we are lucky to have a number of "Mexican" upholsters that do excellent work with pretty low rates.

In my case, I purchased a mid 90's Chrysler mini van center seat which was in excellent condition for my '32 and I'm having it reupholstered in two tone rolled and pleated vinyl. No exotic materials since this is a period correct early 60's hot rod build. Cost including materials was $350 but this is just for the upholstery. If I had him use leather or some other exotic material, or if he had to do a lot of rebuilding of the foam or frame the price would go up substantially. Depending on the material you're using $1800 may not be out of line at all for your application.


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