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Seat Cover Installation Guide

 

Getting Started

When your seat covers arrive, take them out of the packaging and make sure you have everything you're supposed to have. With a set of front bucket seat covers, you should have two headrest covers, two seat back covers, two seat bottom covers and a set of general installation instructions.

Next, examine each cover piece and look for major differences. You're looking for any openings, cutouts and shapes on the cover pieces that can help you determine which piece goes where on which seat.

Some seat back covers will have openings for adjustment knobs or levers, while others are solid all the way around. The same thing applies to the seat bottom covers. If you don't see any special cut-outs or holes anywhere, the tops and bottoms can go on either seat. If you do see these differences, that means each piece is designed for a specific seat.

For example, a 2013 Toyota Camry set comes with two different seat backs. One is solid all around, but the other has a hole in the side for the lumbar adjustment knob on the driver seat. That's how you tell the difference between the driver side and passenger side covers.

Depending on which covers you ordered, the material may have a little bit of an odor or they may be a bit wrinkled. Just hang them up in your garage or outside. The odor will go away in a few hours and any packing folds will disappear.


Installing the Seat Back Cover

We sell a wide variety of seat covers and each one has its own installation nuances. Thankfully, some of the basics are the same, so we're going to focus on those. We're going to be honest with you—this isn't necessarily as easy as putting a fitted sheet on a mattress. But with patience and a little effort, installing a seat cover is a thoroughly do-able project.

Many vehicles, whether they have low-back bucket or bench seats, have removable, adjustable headrests. Some of the seat covers we sell have openings in the top of the cover that can be opened and refastened below the headrest. Others have two sewn openings for the legs of the head rest. On the latter, you'll need to remove the headrest before installing the seat cover. This is done by pressing the release button and pulling the headrest up and out.

Of course, your car's headrests may require a different method. Either way, if you have difficulty removing your headrest, refer to your owner's manual or call your dealer's service department and ask how they are removed.

Once the headrest is off, you can begin installing the seat back. The ease of this procedure depends on which seat cover you choose.

Our Neoprene seat covers, for example, are very stretchy and install quite easily. Just make sure the Velcro is open and slide the cover over the seat back. Gently pull the cover over the seat back, making small adjustments so that everything is lined up correctly. Once the cover is on the seat, slide the material from the front of the cover between the back and bottom of the seat. Pull this material from the back and press the hook and loop closure together. The seat back is now complete.

At the other end of the spectrum, you'll find our Velour Seat Covers. These covers are designed to look great and fit your seat perfectly, but installation requires a bit more patience. To achieve optimal fit with minimal difficulty, turn the material inside out and gradually roll it downwards. If your seats have removable headrests, put them back in place after installing the seatback cover; then use the same inside-out technique.

The rest of our covers are somewhere in-between. Generally speaking, the "inside-out and roll down" method works best. Again, if you have questions or get stuck, just give us a call!


Installing the Seat Bottom Cover

To install your seat bottom cover, you'll need to attach straps underneath the seat. This isn't difficult, but it's important to remember that there are power motors on the driver seat, plus sliding tracks on both the driver and passenger seats. Make sure you don't route the straps in such a way that they become tangled or interfere with seat operation.

The tracks of the seats allow the seat to move forward and back, so make sure you don't route the straps in the travel path of these tracks. You'll also need to stay clear of the screw assemblies of the two power seat motors. These screw assemblies turn to tilt the driver seat and make it travel back and forth.

It's best to familiarize yourself with your seats before the installation. Grab a flashlight and take a look under the seats. Locate the tracks and motors. It may help to operate the controls of the seats. That way, you can check for areas to avoid when you're routing the straps. If you choose to operate the seats, make sure you keep your hands out of the way. You don't want a painful hand-pinch!

If the seat moves up and down, it's usually best to start with the seat in the highest position. This will give you more room to work and in a tight space like this, every little bit helps. As you continue to work on the straps, it may be helpful to move the seat into different positions for better access.

Before you place the seat cover on the seat, push down on the seat cushion and look for openings for the side straps. You may need to place a light under the seat to see those openings, but they're there. Once you've found them, place the cover on the seat bottom. Tuck the straps and material into the sides of the seats and push the straps through the openings.

Pull the straps from underneath and fasten them together. Push the rear straps and material between the seat back and bottom. The straps should be routed from the rear to the front of the seat and then through the plastic buckles. Double-check the straps and make sure they aren't in a position to tangle around any moving parts under the seat. Also make sure they're tight enough to keep the seat cover in place.


Finishing Up

If your car doesn't have removable headrests, you're done! If it does, you're just one step away. Reinstall the headrests, keeping them in their highest position. This will hold the headrests in place and give you the leverage you need to install the covers. Slip the headrest cover over the headrest and fasten, if necessary.

Congratulations! You've just installed a set of custom-fit seat covers!


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If you have any questions at any time during your installation—or afterwards—give us a call at 1-800-788-4495 from 9-5 p.m. ET.

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