What kind of vinyl is best to put on my armrest?

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I’ve so far bought speedcloth and a bunch of foam... so far I’m having trouble finding a good sheet of vinyl I could buy.

I’ve been looking into marine/whisper black vinyl... however no matter where I look it’s upwards around $30 a yard... I would need to buy 3 yards so there’s no way I’d have to spend half of what the table will cost me to make in just vinyl, right? I’m assuming I’m just looking in the wrong places.

What kind of vinyl is best for upholstering a poker table armrest and what’s a great/cheap vinyl retailer?
 

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I used to build tables, and my go to for best cost/value/quality was Whisper from Joann’s. I wanna say it’s like $9.99/yd. but you can always find A 40-50% off coupon. Don’t think they’re open now due to covid, but that’s what I’d recommend.
 

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Marine Vinyl from Joanns is a great bang for the buck. USE COUPONS FOR HUGE SAVINGS (I've routinely had 40%+ off)
 

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@Andrew778 If you do go Joanns route, download their app and take these (before they're used or expired!):


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Marine Vinyl from Joanns is a great bang for the buck. USE COUPONS FOR HUGE SAVINGS (I've routinely had 40%+ off)

I might not recommend that for a first timer upholstery job.. it doesn’t stretch nearly as easily as whisper. But if the op has experience, go for it.
 

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I might not recommend that for a first timer upholstery job.. it doesn’t stretch nearly as easily as whisper. But if the op has experience, go for it.
My Marine vinyl railing was my first upholstery job. In my experience, it was somewhat challenging to work with but it came out pretty decently with a lot of work. I have no experience with Whisper vinyl. It could be totally true that Whisper vinyl is easier to work with than Marine but speaking from my own experience, it's very do-able and the selection of colors and textures of Marine vinyl make it well worth any extra difficulty.

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I'm away from home right now but here's an old image I was able to pull up.

Good luck with your railing and take your time deciding!
 

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Yeah, it's a personal preference thing. Marine has a shinier finish and is much less stretchy than the whisper. I prefer whisper, I think it's classier looking.
 
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