Mar 24, 2013

Renewing the mattresses

Last autumn, we started the refit/renovation project, which has kept us busy during the winter. The boat has been in a shed over the winter, and Antti has had nicely time to fix things related to the boat. At the same time, my role has been to figure out how we could improve the interiors. Last year, I sewed the new curtains and we bought storage boxes so we got the storage issues fixed quite well and we started upgrading the look of the interior space. This year, we shall keep on with this process. We have just decided that all the mattresses inside shall be renewed  especially because of my allergies and potential asthma, but also because we want to keep improving the atmosphere.

In the end of the season 2011, we spotted some small mold spots in the back fabric of the mattresses. The season 2011 was especially tough for the mattresses, since we started the season early, had some long periods of wet and rainy weather, and did not pay enough attention to lifting the mattresses up each day. The mattresses are probably over twenty years old and especially the ones in the saloon start to be also a bit worn out.

Our old light blue fabric is corduroy-type


For the new mattresses, we are planning to have a lighter colour for the fabric but we have not yet decided (at least not 100 % surely) which one we shall choose. Here are some samples of the fabrics we are trying to decide between. The first three samples from the right (on the first photo) are of alcantara-type fabric and the fourth is synthetic leather.



The lighter colour is close to the colour of the curtains, so maybe that one?


One thing we are wondering is how we can then protect the fabric from getting dirty with time. So we need to choose a fabric that is easy to clean, plus we got to buy some new blankets that can be used to protect the new mattresses when sailing. Do you, dear readers, have any comments or experiences when it comes to this kind of mattresses and the fabrics?

Here are some inspirational photos for us:
/Minna

Saare 41 ac

Saare 41ac

Hallberg-Rassy 310 (press photo by HR)

6 comments:

  1. Moikka:-)
    Tein meidän veneeseen salongin sohvan päälliset mahtavasta kankaasta, keinonahkatyyppisestä. Ensin esitestasin kankaan kotona keittiötuolien istuinosissa, ei hiosta, helppo pyyhkiä kostealla puhtaaksi. Koira testasi kestävyyden jämäpalasta tehdyllä lelupatukalla, ei saanut hampaitaan läpi. Pesutesti 60 asteessa ja kangas oli ihan kuin uusi edelleen. Salongin sohvan päällisiä on nyt käytetty puolitoista kesää ja olen tosi tyytyväinen. Tätä ihanaa kangasta myy Suvasmari Savossa, www.venematto.fi -verhoilu/English decor/Antico.
    T. Maiju
    www.purkkari.net

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    1. Moi, kiitos vinkistä! (Keino)nahka olisi kanssa hyvä vaihtoehto. Tuollainen testi pitäisi meidänkin kyllä ihan ehdottomasti tehdä kankaasta, jonka lopulta valitsemme! Täytyy toki tutustua myös tuohon materiaaliin. Kiitos muuten linkistä, upea vene ja mielenkiintoinen projekti!

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  2. Edellisen veneen patjat päällystetimme uudestaan. Taisi verhoomo silloin ehdottaa Jaguar nimistä kangasta, joka osoittautuikin miellyttäväksi ja helppohoitoiseksi valinnaksi.
    Lasten kanssa jne kun matkustaa niin HR:n pressifotoja tummempi väri olisi meille parempi.
    Hyvästä sileäpintaisesta kankaasta tahra lähtee kostealla rätillä (jos heti pyyhkii) ja materiaali on paljaallekin iholle käypä.

    Meillä muuten myös allergikko veneessä, ei onneksi astmaa. Meri-ilma yleensä helpottaa oloa, ainakin pääsee siitepölystä eroon kun suunnistaa hieman kauemmas rantapöheiköstä.

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  3. Mietimme juuri tuota vaalean värin herkkyyttä. Näyttää hienolta uutena, mutta tahriintumista on todella vaikea estää keikkuvassa tilassa. Joku suojaus tai hylkivä pinta täytyy kankaalle ehdottomasti suihkuttaa, jos ja kun nyt siihen vaaleaan päädytään.

    Minullakin vain taipumusta astmaan, ja kesäisin se ei ikinä olekaan kovin paha. Silti mietityttää, josko mahdollinen home edesauttaa sen kehittymistä pahemmaksi.

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  4. Minna, are you going to do the mattresses yourself? The cushions in our boat are also reached their best before date long ago, but I think that that project will have to wait. Have asked a couple of quotes and it looks that you either have to throw money around quite a bit or learn to do it the DIY way.

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  5. Hi Timo, if I may answer on behalf of Minna...we are not going to do the mattresses by ourselves. I personally do not have too much knowledge on sewing in general; i.e what kind of skills and how much time the mattress project would require. And Minna does not have experience of project of this caliber either, so we decided to order the mattresses from a local company, which also did our pillowtop for the v-shaped berth in the forepeak last sprinf. We have been pleased with their quality, and the price was very competitive. Actually, the offer for renewing all the mattresses was surprisingly cheap (relative of course as we are talking about boats). I can give you more info, if you need.

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It would be very great to hear your opinion or comments. Thank you in advance for commenting! -Antti & Minna