How to Install a Set of Custom Seat Covers

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You May Have Been Asking Yourself, Is It Hard To Install A Set Of Custom Seat Covers? It’s Actually Not!

Seat covers have really come a long way in design and construction. Computer-assisted design and better production methods have enabled the creation of modern seat covers that fit individual brands and models – stretching over every contour like a glove. And today’s covers remain form – fittingly snug over every fold and crease – even under heavy use – thanks to modern materials. Passengers will not notice that they are add – ons, and you may forget that they are not original equipment. Installation is relatively easy and does not require any tools because the seat covers we sell are equipped with all straps, zippers and clips to be secured snugly.

Seat covers are available in two basic styles: “Universal” and “Custom – Fit.” Universal fit seat covers are not created with a specific design in mind, and therefore have a one – piece shape that slides in one swoop over both the seat back and the seat bottom.

In this article, we’ll focus on the installation steps involved for custom-fit seat covers that are designed for the exact sizes, contours, and dimensions of your vehicle’s seats. (For a comparative look at the differences between custom-fit and universal seat covers, we invite you to read our related article on the subject.)

Installation steps are essentially the same whether your vehicle has individual bucket seats, split folding seats, or one-piece bench seats. Your custom-fit seat cover kit will include cover pieces for each separate seat back and seat bottom section -front and rear. Regardless of how wide your vehicle’s seats are, the cover pieces go on in a similar fashion.

For example, if you have a seat in the front or rear bench, you will have a large seat bottom cushion and a large seat back cushion if the seat has no folding sections. If only the back section of the seat folds down separately, multiple back seat covers will be available. And if your vehicle has a 2nd row seat assembly that folds for access to the 3rd row, your kit will contain multiple seat back covers and multiple seat bottom parts.

Lay out all the cover pieces before starting the installation, to be sure which is front, rear, left, right, etc.


Step 1

If your headrests can be removed, first remove them from their anchor points. (Hint: Check the vehicle owner’s manual for headrest removal instructions.)

Step 2

Slide the cover of the seat back over the seat. Typically, customized seat covers have perforations in the material in the exact locations necessary to allow headrest attachments to penetrate and remain exposed. Note that seats with non – removable headrests may have separate cover pieces that use elastic straps to maintain snugness around their bottom area.

Step 3

From the front, as far as possible, tuck the bottom part of the seat cover into the gap between the back seat and the bottom seat.

Step 4

Pull the bottom flap from the back of the seat. Customized covers usually have another flap that folds down and attaches to the section that has just been pulled. Use the provided fasteners or snaps to attach the two flaps. If you have zippers on your seat cover, pull them off to increase snugness. Before the attachment is made, work down the seat cover to make it as snug as possible.

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Step 5

Place the bottom part of the seat on the seat and tuck the tail end through the gap between the two covers. If this piece has clips at the end of the tail, make sure it also goes to the other side. Note that the bottom of the seat does not need to be removed on most vehicles. If the seat folds, however, you may find that folding it part-way up makes this part of the installation easier.

Step 6

Your bottom part of the seat can be fitted with straps attached to the front. These are designed to run under the seat assembly, so that they can be tucked under the seat frame and pulled from the back. Your bottom part of the seat can be fitted with straps attached to the front. These are designed to run under the seat assembly, so that they can be tucked under the seat frame and pulled from the back.

In some cases, the straps can be designed to tuck through the rear seat gap, run under the seat frame to the front of the vehicle and attached to the front of the seat frame at that point. Some bottom seat covers have straps running from front to back and side to side. Take your time and fit the seat cover as snugly as you can against the seat before the final tightening is completed.

Step 7

Some seat bottom covers can be fitted with straps on the back corners. The end pieces are designed to be attached to the clips under the seat at the end of the nylon straps. In some cases, they may be intended to clip onto the seat frame itself. Instructions that come with your seat cover kit will specify.

Step 8

Install the separate cover pieces over the previously removed headrests of the factory (if the vehicle is so equipped). The covers usually wrap around the headrest and secure with fasteners or snaps in place. Note! If there are access tabs or straps, be sure to leave them exposed. This of course also applies to the covers on the seat backs and bottoms.

Step 9

If the seats of your vehicle are equipped with attached armrests, separate cover pieces are included in your customized seat cover kit. After the seat back cover is fitted and tightened, the armrest covers are installed and secured using the attachment methods.

After seeing how easy it is to install custom seat covers, we hope that the biggest hurdle has now been eliminated that prevents you from ordering them and enjoying their benefits!