The interior of your automobile may look pristine when you first drive it off the lot, but countless dangers are just around the bend. Every Big Gulp is a potential sticky stain when traversing a bumpy road, every takeout burger is a greasy spot waiting to happen, and every dirty workshirt is a sweaty seatback odor that may linger longer than it should. Luckily for you, high-quality seat covers are a great and affordable line of defense against every hazard.
Now, you’ve probably thought about ordering seat covers in the past but may have hesitated because you don’t know how the seat covers would fit over your seats, how they would look, or how to install them in the first place. Good news, though — they’ll look great, and they’ll install a lot easier than you imagined. Check out our an in-depth overview on how it’s done for both bucket and bench seats:
Bucket seat installation
- Remove your headrests.
- Slide the seat cover’s back piece over the back of your seat, making sure that the cover’s seams match up with the seat’s contours.
- Tuck the seat cover through the crease of your seat and secure it on the backside. Most seat covers use Velcro or snaps to stay put.
- Once the back piece is in place, slide the cover’s bottom piece over the lower cushion. Make sure that the cover’s seams line up with the seat’s contours.
- 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.
- Slide the headrest covers into place and put your headrests back into the seat.
Bench seat installation
- Remove your headrests.
- 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.
- Tuck the seat cover through the crease of your seat and secure it on the backside with the Velcro or straps.
- Secure the Velcro seams around the outline of your seat, pulling as tight as you can.
- 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.
- 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.
- Put on the headrest covers and insert your headrests back into the seat.
Taking the next step
Installing the seat covers is the easy part. Choosing seat covers for your vehicle is the tricky part. There are a lot of different Jeep seat covers out there, and more than a handful of Mustang seat covers. Narrowing the list to one set boils down to your lifestyle and your sense of style. So, while we understand that a purple Hibiscus flower pattern may be screaming your name, you may want to lay down more serious protection if, for example, you do a lot of traveling with your four-legged buddy. Most durable dog seat covers are quilted for your pet’s comfort and are treated for water-resistance.
If you’re the active or sporty type, neoprene seat covers are probably the best choice. Not only are they nearly waterproof — they’re made from a wetsuit-like material — but they’re also quite strong. There are a number of different brands to choose from, including Wet Okole seat covers and Saddleman seat covers. If you’d prefer a classier look, leather seat covers are an excellent choice. They give your interior the feel of an expensive dealership option without the expense. Or, slide on a set of sheepskin seat covers. Not only do they look great, but you’ll feel like you’re sitting on a cloud.
If you’re a hunter or just like the feeling of being surrounded by the great outdoors, 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. Whatever material you go with, be sure to shop for custom seat covers instead of universals. You don’t want your Subaru seat covers to look like old sheets draped across your interior, after all. We also have tons of seat cover reviews, so be sure to check them out.