Conway Cardinal Clubman – sofa recovering

Instead of venturing out this Easter, we decided to give it a miss this year. This was in part due to a very cold and wet Easter last year, and partly because we wanted to make some changes to our camper. As well as new floor coverings and cupboard handles, we wanted to recover the upholstery and replace all the curtains. We had also dyed the bed pods using Dylon Machine Dye Powder in Pewter Grey – using one pack per pod.
The cupboard handles were from B&Q and the lino was fitted by a local company.

Recovering the upholstery was a major job for us to tackle – I had previously recovered a few small stools and we had carried out repairs on the old upholstery, both using a staple gun. As I have limited sewing skills (and a very small craft machine) we decided to follow one of the numerous tutorials for the parcel style recovering. We didn’t remove the previous upholstery or the buttons – we simply covered the buttons with a little upholstery wadding so that they didn’t show through the new material. The material we selected was from ebay and was a grey chenille upholstery fabric.

folding camper cushionWe started off with the backs of the sofas as they already had board inside them (for the staples to go against/into). We basically followed a process of wrapping the cushions like a present :

  1. Fold the fabric around the cushion along the length
  2. Secure along the length using the staple gun


3. Fold each end into a point and neatly bring across the cushion

4.Secure in place using the staple gun

Always ensure that the fabric is pulled taut, to ensure a smooth finish. Try to turn the cushion over before securing, to check there are no creases.




For the bases, we were aware that there was just cushion and there was nothing to staple the fabric onto. We purchased 2mm MDF to use as a firm base to staple against – our local joinery establishment cuts this to size too.


On top of the cushion we used upholstery wadding to ensure that all the buttons were covered and the seat would be nice and smooth. Then we used the same method to cover the bases – easy!
Well, apart from the corner sofa – such an ace addition to a Clubman but an absolute nightmare to cover. This caused us a headache and a bit of strategic folding, but we got there in the end.

When we went to repack our cushions into the camper, they did take up a little more space than previously (the additional board and fabric) so my husband has to rethink his packing up process.


Once everything is completed, we will be having a ‘big reveal’ – I am so excited to see how a few updates may be able to transform our slightly tired camper.

Have you recovered the sofa cushions in your folding camper?

I’m always looking for ideas and inspiration from other folding camper owners, so please do share.