You might set eyes on the seat covers in your car every day, but how well do you know their history? In this article, we shed some light on a product which can be simple, stylish and functional all at the same time.
The first car seat cover patent was taken out in the US by Maurice Aaron in 1927. Back then seat covers were very basic, but so were car seats themselves; typically having square backs and bottoms with no tapering. You simply put the seat cover over the seat and buckled it. At that time, you wouldn’t have found too much variety in the way of colour choices or fabric selections.
1940s to 1950s
After the war, seat covers became more functional and aesthetically pleasing. It might have been the change of seats – to bucket style designs – which made the design and production of car seat covers themselves easier. Colours and patterns became more plentiful, and the fabric served to protect the seats from wear. Plaid seat covers were one especially popular style of the time.
1960s to 1970s
This era saw the advent of pockets added to seat covers, giving passengers at the rear the convenience of a place to put, well… just about anything that could fit, from maps to books and secret snacks. This is also the time when brighter fabrics, and leather covers, began to come in.
1980s to 1990s
Elastic seat covers were brought onto the market, offering a tighter fit than the buckles and straps of yesteryear, and so were an ever-expanding range of fabrics and styles, from tartan to tiger print!
2000s to present day
From the corduroy and beads of the 1990s to genuine technological advancements in recent years. Fabrics which are waterproof and hydrophobic have been introduced, offering a new level of protection. In some cases there is additional lumbar support offered by the cover itself, giving drivers a more ergonomic driving experience, especially behind the wheel for long hours.
So there is our brief history of car seat covers. We have come a long way since the days of buckles!