Reupholstery options for your car
We all like to take care of our car interiors, so much that most of us don’t let people drink or eat inside of the car. But sometimes, no matter how much we try to protect them, our car seats or car floors unfortunately end up getting damaged after all. In these situations, reupholstery is usually the only option available.
Since new car seats cost a lot of money, just like taking them to a professional for reupholstery does, it’s probably best if you leave that as a last resort. You should first see what you can do by yourself and if you could resolve the issue on your own.
Believe it or not, you can reupholster your car relatively easy, as long as you know what you’re doing and how to do it. Luckily, we’re here to help you with that. So sit back and relax and check out these reupholstery options for your car we have prepared for you.
Option one: Prevent the damage
Being smart after something has happened and saying that you should’ve prevented it is easy, but even so, we should point out that your best bet would be to try and avoid having to reupholster your car interior by properly protecting it.
If your car seats are made of leather, be sure to rub a protective cream on it every now and then. Try not to let them get wet or moist and avoid spilling sticky drinks on it. You might also want to put a cushion of some sort on them because sometimes a zipper of a back pocket could accidentally scratch or cut them.
Other materials are a bit more easier to maintain but the principles are pretty much the same. Don’t get them wet, try not to scratch them, and maybe put a cloth of some sort on top of them to add an extra layer of protection.
As far as floors go, you should always have a removable mat on them, because washing or entirely replacing those is much easier than reupholstering the floor itself.
Option two: Replace the top layer using a heavy duty sewing machine
If your car seats have been damaged only superficially, meaning that the insides made of foam haven’t been touched, you can go ahead and only replace the top layer. To tackle those multiple layers of heavy fabrics you will still need a heavy-duty sewing machine with a walking foot attachment but your job won’t be as difficult as it would’ve been otherwise.
In this case, the first thing you should do is to choose an appropriate type of material you’ll be using to cover your car seats. Leather is the most luxurious and beautiful choice but it also requires regular maintenance, as mentioned before. Faux leather is easier to maintain but looks almost exactly the same.
Next you have vinyl, nylon and polyester, all of which are relatively identical as far as maintenance goes. They aren’t difficult to keep in top shape and aren’t expensive, which makes them the most common choices.
After you’ve decided on the material, you can go ahead and measure out the size and shape and start the reupholstery process. It’s best to remove the old layer from the seats but you can also leave them be and work on top if you’re lazy enough.
Option three: Replace the interior and exterior layer
If the foam has been damaged as well, it must be replaced, there’s no way around it.. In this case, you will have to buy the foam yourself and then cut it into your desired shape. You can practically change the very shape of your car seats entirely if you want to, or you can just recreate them as they were, it’s up to you.
Well, that’s about it, those were all of the reupholstery options for your car. Now you know how to prevent the damage and how to deal with it if it occurs after all. Which means you can enjoy driving your car to the fullest.