What are Some Different Types of Car Seat Covers?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

Car seat covers are popular for several reasons. They are a simple and inexpensive way to hide damage to the seats, helping the interior of the vehicle look well-kept. The seat covers can also be a means of allowing the owner to express some of his or her personality through the choice of textures, colors and prints available for auto seat covers today. The car seat covers may simply be a means of adding warmth and comfort to car seats that tend to be cold and unwelcoming during the winter months. Fortunately, there are many different types of car seat covers for people to consider.


When it comes to covering worn cloth covered car seats, one of the most popular options are car seat covers constructed with durable leather or suede. A leather car seat cover can add an element of richness to the interior of the vehicle, just as a leather chair or sofa can enhance the look and feel of a room. Often constructed in a manner similar to slipcovers for furniture, a leather seat cover may be a one piece design that slips over the back and the seat, or a two-section design that makes it possible to secure the seat and the back sections separately.

When warmth and looks are the primary concerns in selecting car seat covers, sheepskin seat covers are an excellent choice. The tufting on the surface of the sheepskin seat cover adds an element of softness to the seat, offering the promise of additional comfort to anyone who sits in the seat. At the same time, the sheepskin is much more comfortable than bare vinyl on cold mornings, and will warm up even more quickly than cloth covered seats. Because most sheepskin seat covers can be laundered at home, it is relatively easy to keep them looking new and fresh.

People who must work within a budget to purchase car seat covers can go with moderately priced microfiber covers. Available in many discount retail stores, the microfiber is somewhat thin but does hold up well to normal wear and tear. Some brands have a thin layer of insulation on the back side, which can help add a little more cushion to the auto seat cover. A microfiber seat cover is usually available in basic solid colors, although there are a few examples of prints and plaids to choose from.

Another inexpensive option in car seat covers is the slip-on cover made from polypropylene and olefin fibers. Often these types of covers are thicker than microfiber and are likely to hold up for a longer period of time. Unlike sheepskin and microfiber versions, the olefin fiber seat cover cannot be laundered at home. However, it is possible to use upholstery cleaner to remove any spots or stains from the material.

There are car seat covers that will fit just about any budget and please the eye of most car owners. The seat covers may blend in nicely with the rest of the interior or provide the perfect way to add color and fun to the seating area in the vehicle. With the diverse options in price, design, and colors, it is possible to find car seat covers that will work in almost any situation.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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