What is marine grade upholstery


The definition of marine upholstery


Marine upholstery or boat upholstery is an important part of a boat. It consists of the creation or fitting out of all the textile parts, interior and exterior, of boats and yachts.

It helps to preserve the value and appearance of a yacht. Indeed, when it is made to measure, the upholstery is customised to suit each request and each boat.

The nautical upholsterer can work on all parts of the boat. His work is varied because of the multitude of parts that the upholsterer can create and repair.

He works on different formats ranging from small parts such as storage bags to much larger parts such as protective covers for dinghies or windbreaks.

It is an activity that can be handcrafted with custom work as Pascal Bruno Marine offers, but some companies offer mass-produced products manufactured in an industrial way.

Marine upholstery is an activity that has been modernised with the use by some upholsterers of digital technology for the design and production of parts. This consists of digitising the item with a laser scanner in order to create the object in 3D, the computer-generated image is then put into 2D to be cut out and traced on a digital table.

This allows the customer to preview the final product before it is made by the craftsmen.

The upholsterer can be called upon by decorators and architects for his knowledge of the materials used in the yachting environment. Indeed, he knows the appropriate materials such as foam, canvas and fabrics that correspond to a nautical use.

Marine upholstery is therefore very much bound up with the decorative aspect. The use of textiles and materials on yachts is an important part of the aesthetic dimension. The comfort and beauty of the yacht are optimised through the use of textiles and materials.  This is why upholsterers must listen to their customers in order to be able to offer them the right solution.


What are the top features and qualities you look for in marine upholstery


There are several features and qualities that are important to consider when choosing a marine upholstery, including:


Marine upholstery fabrics must be able to withstand the harsh conditions of the water, including exposure to salt water, sun and wind. They must be made from materials that are resistant to fading, mildew and wear.

  Water resistance

Marine upholstery must be able to withstand moisture and dry quickly to prevent the growth of mould.


The upholstery should be comfortable to sit on for long periods of time, especially if you plan to use the boat for long trips or overnight stays.

 Easy maintenance and installation

Marine upholstery should be easy to clean and maintain, as it is likely to get dirty and wet regularly. Therefore, materials should be chosen that will ease the workload of the crew.

  UV resistance

The upholstery should be resistant to fading and deterioration caused by sun exposure.

  Fitted dimensions

The right padding for the right size and shape of the equipment. It must be able to withstand the weather.


The upholstery should be visually appealing and complement the overall design of the boat for a perfectly harmonious look.


The price will depend on all of the above, as well as the time spent on the project, the quality of the materials used and the level of finish.


Our range of boat upholstery products and know how




Pascal Bruno Marine has more than 30 years of experience in marine upholstery.

Our company has acquired a unique know-how and in-depth knowledge that allows us to respond precisely to the demands and needs of our customers in order to always satisfy them to the best of our ability.

PBM offers you products :

  • Handmade
  • Made to measure


PBM is committed to quality craftsmanship and attaches great importance to the finishing touches. Indeed, careful finishing is the detail that makes the difference and gives a luxury aspect to our products, often sought by customers for their yachts.

Custom-made products are perfectly adapted to your element for a unique and impeccable result.

At PBM, we know that marine grade upholstery must be designed to last. That’s why our products are made from robust materials such as vinyl, leather or marine canvas.

We also offer marine grade upholstery in a variety of different styles and colors to best suit your needs and your boat.

 Product ranges

The product possibilities in marine upholstery are vast.

The designs are varied for both the interior and exterior elements of your boat.

Inside :

At PBM we produce protective covers for furniture and other accessories requiring protection. We can also create storage bags.

The upholsterer also participates in the decoration of the boat by creating the cushion covers.

He can also create cushions and mattresses according to the shape desired by the customer by working with foam. He also makes the mattress covers.

The upholsterer also produces wheel house captain chair and sofa, wall and ceiling panels, floor runners, as well privacy screens to protect you from outside view.

Outside :

On request, we make elements to protect the crew and people on board your yacht from the sun and wind, such as awnings, biminis and windbreaks.

For the exterior, we also make cushions and cushion covers, seats and armchairs designed to withstand marine climates.


Further information : bespoke upholstery specialties


PBM offers you a whole range of products that are made to measure.

We adapt to your request and provide you with the appropriate technical advice to best meet your needs and expectations.

Learn more about bespoke upholstery specialties.