How many yards of headliner fabric do I need?

I am going to install a new headliner for my car. I have decided to go with a custom fit headliner. This will require me to buy fabric for the headliner. I want to know what size I should order.

How Much Headliner Fabric Do I Need?

The amount of fabric needed depends on the type of headliner you choose. If you decide to get a custom fit headliner, then you will need more fabric than if you were getting a standard headliner. A standard headliner has a factory-installed foam padding. So, you would only need enough fabric to cover this padding.

If you are planning on installing a custom fit headliner with no padding, then you will need at least two layers of fabric. One layer will be for the top of the headliner and one layer will be for the bottom.

How Many Yards Of Fabric Will I Need For My Custom Fit Headliner?

To figure out how much fabric you will need, multiply the length of your vehicle times the width of your vehicle. Then divide that number by 12.

For example, let’s say you have a 2002 Ford Explorer. Your vehicle measures 36 inches wide and 72 inches long. Multiply these numbers together to get 108 inches. Divide 108 by 12 to get 9.6 yards.


This method works well for figuring out how much fabric you need. But, if you are not sure which type of headliner you want, you may want to call up the manufacturer of your vehicle and ask them. They will be able to tell you exactly how much fabric you will require.

What kind of fabric do you use for headliner?

We use a high-quality polyester material that allows us to cut out the headliner with ease. It also helps keep the headliner clean and dry. We recommend using this type of material if you are planning to install it yourself.

If you choose to hire someone else to install the headliner, we suggest using a vinyl material instead. Vinyl is more durable than polyester but requires special tools to cut out the headlining.

How much does it cost to reupholster a headliner?

It depends on how many seats are covered by the headliner. A typical headliner covers between 50-75% of the seat area. The average cost per seat is $200-$300.

How many cans of glue do I need for a headliner?

The answer depends on how big your headliner is. The bigger it is, the more glue you’ll need. If you want to be safe, buy two cans. You never know when you might need extra.

How wide is a car headliner?

The width of a car headliner varies by model. The average width is 1-1/2 inches. Some models are wider than others. For example, some convertibles have a 2-inch headliner.