DIY Everything: How to Install Seat Covers

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Saddleman leatherette seat covers

How to install car seat covers:

Bucket seat installation:

  1. Remove your headrests.
  2. Slide the back piece of the seat cover over the back of your seat, making sure that the cover’s seams match up with the seat’s contours.
  3. Tuck the seat cover through the crease where the seat and seat back meet, and secure any sewn fasteners on the backside. Most seat covers use Velcro or snaps to stay put.
  4. Once the back piece is in place, slide the cover’s bottom piece over the lower cushion. Again, make sure that the cover’s seams line up with the seat’s contours.
  5. Tuck the seat cover through the crease of your seat and run the tie-down straps from the front of the cover to the back. Connect the straps to the back and tighten for a snug fit (don’t be afraid to pull hard, good seat covers are a tight fit).
  6. Slide the headrest covers into place and put your headrests back into the seat.

Bench and back seat installation:

  1. Remove your headrests.
  2. Wrap the seat cover’s back piece around the bench seat’s back and pull it tight, making sure that the cover’s seams line up with your seat’s contours.
  3. Tuck the seat cover through the crease of your seat and secure it on the backside with the Velcro or straps.
  4. Secure the Velcro seams around the outline of your seat, pulling as tight as you can.
  5. After the back piece is in place, slide the cover’s bottom piece over the lower cushion. Line the seams line up with the contours.
  6. Tuck the seat cover through the crease of your seat and run the tie-down straps from the front of the cover to the back. Connect the straps to the back and tighten until it’s secure.
  7. Put on the headrest covers and insert your headrests back into the seat.

Some seats or seat covers may require specific steps, so you should always go by the manufacturer’s recommended instructions first, but failing that, the steps above should be a general enough guide to get you there.

Taking the next step

What’s the difference between neoprene and NeoSupreme seat covers?

Coverking Neoprene Seat Covers Red/Black

What other seat cover fabrics are popular?

If you’re leaning a little more upscale, leather seat covers are an excellent choice. They give your interior the feel of an expensive dealership option without the expense. Or better yet, slide on a set of sheepskin seat covers as an unironic throwback to what we insist was a better time. Not only do they look awesome, and are just dripping with 80’s swagger, but you’ll feel like you’re sitting on a cloud.

Saddleman TrueTimber Camo Seat CoversAre you a hunter? Or maybe just like the feeling of being surrounded by the great outdoors? You should probably take a look at some of our camo seat covers are a no-brainer. They’re available in a wide range of authentic camouflage patterns and are sturdy enough to withstand mud, blood, and grime. Are you looking for extreme durability that can handle any mess? Or would you rather have stylish protection that delivers extra comfort? Either way, seat covers are the easiest way to give your interior the protection it needs.

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Garrett Davis
Garrett has something of a sickness when it comes to cars, working on everything from Jeeps, to sports cars, to over-engineered German nightmares. Currently he is embroiled in an Audi Allroad offroad project, and is slowly losing his grasp on sanity.

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