How To Pick The Car Seat Cover To Match Your Car and Lifestyle

Choosing the best car seat covers to suit your lifestyle can seem like a real headache. The two main options to consider are fabric and leather which both offer something completely different. That’s why we’ve created this guide to help you make the best decision.


7426117998_8cd860e742_zThis material is extremely versatile, available in a wide array of colors and designs. It’s also durable and isn’t very good at conducting heat. This is a big advantage as the fabric seats remain cool in the summer and warm in the winter. There are tons of options to suit your needs. Adventurous types can choose neoprene which has great waterproofing attributes — perfect if you’re getting in and out of the car soaking wet or for anyone with any four-legged friends. For those long distance drivers, you may want to consider, Velvet. This ultra-soft material provides comfort and padding with a luxurious feel.

Typically, fabric seat covers are significantly cheaper than leather, but there are disadvantages. Fabric isn’t as hard wearing as leather and can deteriorate more quickly over time, especially with increased exposure to the sun. They can also stain more easily (stains could leak through to your original seats) and become faded with heavy use.


The luxurious finish of leather is the alternative to fabric (albeit with a higher price tag) which can add a great look to many vehicles. Many people choose black or tan for a sophisticated and stylish look. However, red seats can be the perfect finish to that sporty car.  This material is even more durable than fabric and will last a lifetime. It can be the perfect choice for the family run around, as sticky spills can easily be wiped off. 513017069_c8fb9c0e54

However, if you live in a country with long, hot summer days this may be the wrong choice. Leather can get very hot in warm temperatures and be uncomfortable to sit on. In the winter, they can also become very cold and you may need a blanket. Of course, If you have seat warmers this won’t be a problem. Generally, if you live somewhere with extreme temperatures, fabric seat covers may be the only suitable choice.

Leather is also an animal product which means vegetarians and vegans will want to steer clear. If you have someone of this preference traveling in your car often, such as a family member you may want to consider another option, or if your heart it set on leather go for a faux version (stores like Tesco stock faux leather car seat covers).

Lastly, for those of you with pets, leather can be a real problem. If you travel with your dog, their claws can often rip or scratch the leather and even damage the seats underneath.

Using car seat covers is a great way to protect your cars interior from unruly pets and children and ensures you’ll get the best possible resale value when you decide to change your car. So happy shopping, and why not leave us a comment and let us know your favorite car seat cover and why it suit’s your lifestyle?

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July 31, 2015 – 11:27 AM - | Posted in Cars, daily life | 13 Comments »

13 Comments to “How To Pick The Car Seat Cover To Match Your Car and Lifestyle”

  1. Jeannette Says:

    My seats in my car have been getting messed up because of my kids and I’ve been looking for a solution. I hadn’t even thought of covers but I”m going to have to look into some.
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  2. Sara P. (@SensiblySara) Says:

    It’s SO HOT where I live – for about 9 of the 12 months – so leather is out. I like that there are so many fabric options.
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  3. Elizabeth @ Being MVP Says:

    I’ve never thought about a car seat cover. Definitely need one once the children get older!
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  4. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) Says:

    I definitely don’t think leather seats and my dog would get along. I love, love, love the look of it, though.


  5. Alicia Says:

    These are cool ideas. I have never had a car seat cover honestly, so I think it’d be fun to get one.
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  6. Jasmine Says:

    I want to buy some covers! Im always spilling coffee and I dont want to ruin my seats
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  7. Crystal Says:

    I need car seat covers that can withstand my kids and dog. I think I’ll have to avoid leather for the time being.
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  8. Jen Says:

    I have not every bought car seat covers. I love leather though as is so easy to keep clean.
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  9. rachel Says:

    These are great tips. I remember trying to figure out the PERFECT cover when I was in highschool. 🙂
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  10. Ellen ThatChicMom Says:

    You know I have never had car sea covers before but you make some great points about the reasons for each kind. I think I would go with leather.
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  11. Shell Feis Says:

    I made sure not to get leather seats in my car because it’s black and I live in Vegas where it’s 110+ in the summer- leather seats are the WORST like that. I very much prefer fabric for us, but I love the look of leather!
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  12. Melissa Says:

    I love the look of leather but fabric has definitely been better in the summer! Great ideas!
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  13. Brandon Roberts Says:

    I was actually wondering this exact thing. I wanted to car a car seat cover to match the style of my car, but I wasn’t sure what kind of things I needed to consider. So I really appreciate you posting about this, and giving me some great tips! They were a huge help.


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