What Are Some Materials Used in a Headliner?

Examples of popular headliner materials include suede, foam-backed cloth, cotton-napped cloth and synthetic cloth. Certain headliner materials come with foam-backing so that they can be glued to a vehicle's existing board, while others need to be sewn directly on or attached with hog rings.

Vinyl headliner material available from AutomotiveInteriors.com is compatible with bow-supported headliners and bow hung headliners. This material does not come with a foam backing, so it must be attached to the vehicle's existing interior. The website's synthetic cloth and cotton nap cloth headliners are also compatible with bow-supported and bow hung headliners. These come without foam backing.

Foam-backed cloth from AutomotiveInteriors.com is compatible with newer vehicles with board-type headliners. Use an industrial adhesive to attach the foam-backed cloth to an existing vehicle interior. The process is the same when attaching foam-backed suede headliner material to an existing board.

YourAutoTrim.com offers users nylon-faced, foam-backed automotive headliner material and a special high temperature adhesive designed specifically for the application of these materials to existing vehicle boards. An average-sized four-door sedan requires two yards of auto headliner cloth, while a truck requires only one yard, according to the website. A truck with an extended cab may require two yards of headliner cloth.