Do you want to install seat covers to spruce up your car interior with a new look or reduce wear to the upholstery?
How to put on seat cover with built in seat belt requires precision. It dictates your comfort and if the covers will stay on the car’s seats.
You need proper prior preparation if it is your first-time installing seat covers. First, ponder on the size and shape of your car’s front and rear seats.
Keep in mind the headrests and fitting material you wish to use. You will also need elastic straps with wire coat hangers to tighten the covers after installing.
Next is how to put on seat covers with built-in seat belts like a pro.
How to Put on Seat Cover with Built in Seat Belt
1. Clean the seats
The first step to installing seat covers is you ensure the seats are clean. If your car is new, you can skip the cleaning.
Otherwise, be sure to remove stains and any debris before you start the installation.
You can use a vacuum cleaner to remove dirt within the brackets. For the stains, consider the type of fabric used before washing.
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2. Remove the headrests
Some cars have removable headrests while others don’t. If yours has the headrest, you need to detach them from the seats.
You can press the adjustment tab at the base and pull the headrests up, or insert a paperclip into the hole above the main seat. Consult your car’ manufacturers if unsure which way to follow.
3. Install the covers
When installing the cushion covers, ensure the washing instruction tags go to the inner side of the seats.
Note, how you fit the front seats differs from the rear bench. Also, some fittings come in two pieces—the cushion cover and the backrest cover.
4. Front seats
Stretch the cover over the entire seat, ensuring it is centered. Slide the top portion and grip the bottom, assuming you are installing a one-piece seat cover.
Also, smoothen the surface over the cushion with your hand and push the buckles and straps through the crevice.
Attach the straps to the underneath feeds and tighten, provided the seat and the cover contours match.
Do the same to the side straps by attaching them to their corresponding buckles and locking them in place.
As for the backrest covers, place them and confirm they fit on the padded shoulder supports underneath the seat belt.
Ensure the two holes at the top of the cover align well with the headrest loops. The two-shoulder support should come outside the end of the backrest. Zip them up for a secure and firm fit.
Confirm the belts move freely, without catching the seat belts’ openings on the cover.
Smoothen the surface by hand to remove air pockets. Pull together the tabs to the back of the fitting through the seats’ crevices and snug them.
5. Rear seats
Installing rear seat covers depends on the bench features. Some cars have headrests attached to the bench, while others may be separate.
Also, the back seat cover can be in two pieces of 60 and 40 or one portion.
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Begin by laying the seat cover’s bottom portion over the bench. Spread and smoothen it as much as possible, aligning the contours to the shape of the seat.
Affirm the mesh side of the cover goes in front. Tuck the other end between the top and bottom creases.
Afterward, fold the bench to strap underneath. Pull the cover’s elastic straps and snap them. Next, cut small holes and slip the seat belt buckles into the seat fitting tightly.
Installing the back seat cover of the rear bench
In most cases, the rear bench back covers are often two—a large and small piece. It is wise to confirm the sizes before you start the installation process.
If the headrests are removable, detach them from the bench to install the top portion of the seat cover.
Wrap it over the back, tacking around to align with the bottom and the headrest holes at the top.
Ensure the mesh side goes on the top. You can cut or puncture the top of the seat cover to accommodate the headrests if the holes are missing.
After slipping both back covers, slide the headrests back and strap the buckles.
Also, ensure you connect the two or three top straps with the two or three bottom straps for each seat. You can use wire hooks or elastic loops to tighten the seat cover further.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you get the car seat covers to stay on?
Properly fastening the seat covers and reinforcing them with elastic loops are the best way to secure the seat cover from sliding down or sideways. Also, ensure the seat covers are the same size and shape as your car’s seats.
Will the seat cover fit if my car seats lack a headrest?
Yes, but it depends on the seat cover you buy. It is wise you look for covers that match the shape of seats to avoid disappointments.
Can I fit seat covers in a seven-seater vehicle?
Yes, most seat cover manufacturers and sellers stock seat covers meant for both five-seater and seven-seater vehicles.
Which seat cover material is the best for my car?
Vinyl fabric is a preferred choice due to its easy-to-clean nature. It is also durable and easy to maintain and clean.
Are seat covers suitable for leather seats?
Yes, but most seat covers have seams that can get in contact with the leather and wear it. Also, leather is slippery, which may prevent covers from staying on the seats.
Ensure the seat covers don’t restrict them. Also, confirm the hopes you cut for the headrests and seat belts fit well. It is better to cut small holes and enlarge them later rather than having them too large.