Car upholstery is perhaps one of the most overlooked section in the automobile industry. Car Upholstery involved mainly the customization of the car’s interior to give it a non-stock look. This could be for various reasons:
It could be the owner wants to customize the car to make its appearance different or simply to repair it having been spoiled as a result of say an accident or dilapidation. As a player in this sub sector, on has to be on top of their game if they are to get the best out of it and below are some tips on how this could be effectively realized.
Have the Client in Mind
- Whatever one does, at the back of their mind, never should they take leave of the fact that upholstery is being done for the client. A good service provider is one who listens to the specific needs of the client and follows the instructions (given about the final product) to the very latter.
- Granted, the upholsterer is the professional, with an expert opinion on how this is to be done. However, they should be open to viewing the need from the client’s perspective and find a way in which their expertise will marry into the desire of the client.
Maintain the Look and Feel of the Car
The main reason behind upholstery is largely aesthetic, at least in most cases. However, while the intention is to make it better looking to the visual mind, the upholsterer should always ensure that at the end of it all, the automobile can still be recognized from a distance.
Upholstery is not meant to make the automobile different from the one that is taken for the makeover. Picture it this way, when one walks to a barber shop for a haircut, the goal is never to change who they are but to simply enhance their look. The same analogy could be incorporated into upholstery whenever it is done on an automobile.
Ask Yourself these Questions
There are some crucial questions that an upholsterer should keep at the back of their mind while working on any type of auto machine. These are simple guides that will offer important insights into the best approach to be employed and the walk from concept into the desired outcome.
It could be any question related to the type of design that is desired, the car to be worked on, the client in question, the materials to be used, the time frame within which the outcome is expected among other things.
Mind the Tools You Use in Upholstery
They say for every trade, there’s a tool to be used for an effective product to be achieved. How true! The same applies to upholstery. It is advisable that the upholsterer does not go “too manual” such that, at the end of it all, the car looks good visually yet mechanically rickety as a result of knocking and hammering with undesired tools during upholstery.
The goal is to maintain the mechanical status of the automobile even as one works on the interior visuals to make it look better and personalized, not to make it worse in terms of lifespan at the end of it all.
The Purpose the Automobile Serves
This is where it is vital to speak with the client and clearly understand the automobile before making a decisive move on the type of design to be used and the expected final look. The reason for this is because different upholstery services serve different purposes.
A case in point would be the difference between a luxury automobile and say, a family car. Clearly the kind of upholstery in terms of design that would be applied to these two automobiles will inevitably be different. The same applies for any other scenario of this nature.
The Reason behind the Upholstery
The larger question is, what is the main reason towards the upholstery? As already indicated, this could be as a result of wear and tear, an accident, or simply to customize the automobile. Obviously, the reason behind this kind of activity will be a big determinant of how the whole thing is to be approached.
For instance, if the automobile was involved in an accident and the dashboard messed up together with air bags, the kind of upholstery performed would mostly be of repair in nature. At the end of the day, it is highly likely that the look and feel of the automobile might remain the same.
However, if the goal is to do an overhaul and come up with a new custom look, chances are that at the end of the day, the upholstery will make the automobile totally different.
Do More Upholstery
They say practice makes perfect. The same adage applies in upholstery. To be a good upholsterer, one has to be in constant practice. Work with different clients while taking on different designs. Move from the simplest steadily all the way to the not so easy to crack. Before you know it, you will be a force to reckon with and one of the most sought after names in this business.
Collaboration that fosters positive cooperation has never been harmful. As a matter of fact, it is vital in spurring creativity and improving the quality of the final product. A good upholsterer is one who is not only able to identify his peers within the industry, but they are able to be ready and willing to share knowledge and valuable information on the best practices that will improve the quality of their work.
You do not have to be haphazard in the way you go about collaborating. Take your time and identify people with whom you can easily get along and share ideas freely. If this is done in a systematic and well thought out manner, the end will be an inevitable outcome of nothing but quality and creativity.
Try Different Designs
This is almost natural. This is because, different automobiles have different designs that would look good on them. The same can be said about different clients. They have different needs. As such, the upholsterer should be able to engage their creative mind and come up with designs that will perfectly fit the clients’ needs; designs that will give an appealing visual look to an automobile.
Understand the Business
One needs to understand the terrain of the industry of the business they operate. This could be in terms of trends and market demands, technological bearing, client needs, related products and services among other vital pieces of information.
In the upholstery sub sector, the same applies. One has to understand the specific needs of the industry, its business aspect as well as the technical requirements as they keep changing from time to time. Understanding the business comes in handy in ensuring that the expectations of the stakeholders are met at any given point in time with relative ease.