How to Repair Torn Boat Cushions

Boat at dock with sunset in the background
  • 2-8 hours
  • Beginner
  • 100-250
What You'll Need
Fabric adhesive
Stapler and staples
Foam padding
Utility knife

Boat cushions see a lot of action from people and the elements. Boat cushions can easily discolor and crack. You can repair the boat cushions with the following steps.

Step 1 - Remove the Fabric

Take the boat cushions off their seat and turn them over. Remove any staples holding the fabric in place or cut the fabric if adhesive was used. Do this carefully as this will be your template.

Step 2 - Trim the Fabric and Padding

Place the old padding on top of the new, and then trim it with the utility knife. Fit the padding on the corresponding seat to check the fit, and then trim as needed. Place the old fabric on top of the new fabric, trace it with the marker and then cut it out. If the foam padding is larger, cut the fabric larger.

Step 3 - Assemble the Boat Cushions

Place the fabric face down and then place the pad on top of it, making sure it is centered. Pull the short sides up and to the center; glue it in place. Repeat with the long sides. Add staples to further secure the fabric.