Seat Cover Buying Guide For Trucks And SUVs
by: Will Mahoney
You may think your factory seats are holding up just fine. What
you may not realize is how much abuse your seats are getting
from wear and tear, sun damage, pets, or dirt and spills. All
these problems have a simple solution, seat covers. So, why
should you get a set of seat covers? There are many reasons.
You can protect your factory seats, get a custom look for your
interior, or cover up existing damage to your seats. They are
also a great way to keep your interior looking new and clean.
But, how do you decide which seat covers are right for you?
This reference guide will help you through the decision making
process and make sure you get the seat covers that best fit
Protect Your Investment
Think about it, what do you have the most contact with in your
vehicle? Its your seats, and they need to be protected.
If your seats get dirty, or something gets spilled on them,
its a pain, and a hassle to clean them. Seat covers put
an end to that. Most can be put in the washer and dryer so there
is no need to buy expensive cleaning supplies to get stains
and dirt out. If you have pets, you know its a chore to
vacuum the seats to get all the pet hair off them. What about
their nails? You dont want them to poke through your new
leather seats do you? A seat cover provides a protective barrier
to keep your pets from scratching, or poking holes in your nice
Another problem you face is UV damage. Thats right, the
suns powerful rays claim the lives of many seats. When the sun
shines in your vehicle it is magnified by the glass from your
windows. Thats why it feels like an oven on hot summer
days. Imagine what that does to your interior. If you have leather
seats, the sun dries them out, which can lead to cracking, and
a dull finish. That means you have to continually condition
your seats to protect them. This can be time consuming and expensive,
both which can be avoided with seat covers.
Dont think any of that affects you? Well, you get in and
out of your vehicle every day. Even this has a negative effect
on your seats. Every time you get in and out of your vehicle
you create friction between yourself and the seat. This may
seem like nothing, but after some time you will notice the material
getting thin and worn out. Next thing you know, youve
worn a hole through the material, yet another problem that can
Get A Custom Look
Factory interiors are often boring and mundane. Vehicle manufactures
use solid, neutral colors that make the interior seem more open.
You can add flare and a look that really sets off your interior
with seat covers. They come available in standard factory matching
colors with solid patterns, or, you can get something thats
different. We have many colors to choose from, as well as patterns
that you wont find in a dealers showroom. So, not
only do you get great protection, but you also get a custom
look and style, that really sets your vehicle apart!
Bring Your Old Seats Back To Life
Its inevitable, bad things happen to good seats. But you
can do something about it. Whether or not you have worn out
faded seats, they got stained, or dirty, seat covers provide
a solution. They do just as they say, cover it up. Seat covers
hide those unsightly stains and dirt spots and give your interior
a fresh new look as if nothing ever happened. And, if the same
happens to the seat covers, well, just wash them and put them
back on. Think of how much money you will save by not having
to reupholster your seats.
Now that we have identified why you should get seat covers,
lets see what works best for you.
Fitment Universal vs. Custom
Seat covers come in two primary fitment types: custom fit and
If you are looking for a seat cover that is going to fit your
factory seat perfectly, then a custom fit cover is what you
need. These are custom made per vehicle application and fit
your factory seat and shape very tightly. Custom seat covers
take into account factory headrests, armrests, center consoles,
and seat controls.
If you are looking for something you can throw on quickly and
youre not too concerned with it fitting perfectly, then
a universal seat cover will work just fine for you. The cover
the entire seat back and bottom but are not designed to fit
tightly as a custom fit cover would. These are great for quick
on and off usage.
Custom Fit Covers
SureFit Seat Cover by Saddleman
SureFit covers are available for many hard-to-find applications.
These are semi-custom fit covers that are made-to-order per
vehicle application. SureFit seat covers come in six different
styles with many color options available.
Cambridge Tweed - For traditional tastes,
Cambridge is similar to original vehicle seats. Woven textured,
synthetic fiber will provide miles of protection. Spot clean
with a damp cloth and mild solution of fabric cleaner.
Ultimate Seat Covers by Saddleman
Saddle Blanket - A rugged style seat cover made of
tightly woven olefin. Extremely durable and comfortable. Saddle
Blanket covers are machine washable, drip dry only.
Deluxe Velvet - A contemporary original interior fashion
in durable 100% nylon velvet, quilted with foam backing. Trimmed
with color coordinated stretch fabrics. Easily cleans by machine
washing, and drip drying.
Deluxe Mohave - A stylish southwestern fabric. It is
an extremely durable 100% olefin fabric with a soft foam backing
which blends with many truck and car interiors. Spot clean
with a damp cloth and a mild solution of fabric cleaner.
All Purpose Real Tree® - Made from rugged yet breathable
non-woven polyester fabric. It is one of the most popular
camouflage fabrics available. Real Tree covers are machine
washable, cool air dry for cleaning. Easily resists fading,
stains and mildew.
Sheepskin - A luxurious one-inch thick pile with a
high luster finish. Sheepskin covers are fully lined. Come
in a full fit design with 100% acrylic back. Must be dry cleaned
only. We do not recommend for use with light colored leather
Custom tailored, made-to-order seat covers that are made from
original automotive grade fabric. They come with factory matching
colors, and have a lifetime guarantee.
Sport Seat Covers by Cal Trend
Get the look of expensive seats at a fraction of the cost. These
seat covers give your factory seats a sporty look. Sport seat
covers are made from neoprene, the same waterproof material
wet suits are made of. Sport Seat Covers also have an extra
layer of soft foam padding for added comfort. You can choose
from seven different color options. Sport covers are machine
washable on the delicate cycle with cold water, air dry. Easily
installs with Velcro strips.
Custom Fit Canvas Seat Covers by Saddleman
These rugged covers are designed to repel dirt and stains. These
are made of high quality original manufacture grade canvas material
and can easily be cleaned. These are washing machine safe to
make clean-up a breeze. Come available in factory matching colors.
Custom Fit Seat Protectors by Covercraft
Keep your seats looking new no matter what ends up on them.
Messy kids and dirty pets are no match for these heavy duty
seat protectors. These covers are made from a breathable cotton/poly
blend, which are washer and drier safe. Available in tan, taupe,
navy, charcoal, or gray to complement your vehicles interior.
Universal Seat Covers
X-Bound Seat Covers by Saddleman
Protect your seats with the extreme style of our X-Bound Seat
Covers. These universal fit covers add a custom accent to any
high back bucket or bench seats with or without headrests. Nylon
cord side lacing keeps a tight fit. Covers come with front,
side, and back pockets for storage. X-Bound covers are available
in blue/black, red/black, gray/black, olive green/tan, and mossy
Deluxe Seat Protectors by Saddleman
Deluxe Seat Protectors are made from heavy-duty vinyl, coated
with nylon, which makes these seat protectors waterproof and
ready for emergencies. They slip over your seats in seconds
for quick protection when its needed the most. These are
perfect when traveling with pets. Extra large bucket pattern
fits most bucket seats.
Before You Order
It is important we are given the correct vehicle information.
Please be sure to check your seats carefully. We need to know
exactly what seat style you have in order to get the correct
pattern made. We will also need to know if your vehicle has
armrests, headrests, seat controls, and a center console. By
getting accurate information you can be assured your covers
will fit like a glove.
For more information, please visit Stylin Concepts.
About The Author
Will Mahoney is an automotive junkie who lives in Cleveland,
Ohio. He likes racing autocross and tinkering with trucks and
cars. He currently writes online content and articles for Stylin
Concepts, a leading retailer of truck accessories.