The history of seat covers

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.

History of the seat covers


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!

You can check out our other blog post “The main benefits of leather car seat covers”. Thus, you can realize the importance of leather covers today.

Why seat covers are a great investment for your van or food truck

If you drive a van that you own, or you own a fleet of vans that are driven by other drivers, you may not think seat covers are a particularly beneficial investment. You’d be wrong, however! Seat covers are an excellent addition to any vehicle, especially one that’s used in a professional capacity. Here are three reasons why.

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Keeping the seats clean

Vans are almost always working vehicles, so it’s highly likely you or whoever is driving your van might get in with dirty clothes. If you’re a builder, catering professional or have any other form of work where your clothes can get messy, it’s easy to track all manner of things into the van with you. Dust, dirt and food mess can quickly stain your van’s seats. This not only ruins the seats, but means the next time you get in your clean clothes will get dirty. Seat covers get around this by protecting the seat from any dirt and grime, and you can either remove them to wash them or simply replace them.

Preventing seat wear

Your van likely spends a lot of time on the road, which means a lot of time spent in the driving seat. Without a seat cover, this can cause the seat to begin to wear – and as vans tend to do much more mileage than the average car, this process can be even faster than you might expect. Another common place van seats wear is on the side bolster, where the driver is getting in and out of the van repeatedly. This is particularly the case on delivery vans, where the driver is getting out multiple times a day. A seat cover can put much less pressure on the seat, meaning there is less chance of rips, tears, and pattern fade.

Protecting your asset

A seat cover is an easy and effective way to improve your van’s residual value when you come to sell it or to prevent you encountering extra costs when you return it at the end of your lease. It also helps to make or a cleaner, more comfortable environment for the driver.
We recommend you to read our other blog post “How seat covers can help you sell your used car”.

3 tips for cleaning your car seat covers

A car seat cover is a great way to protect your car seats from damage and stains, but they can accumulate quite a bit of dirt over time. Thankfully, car seat covers are designed to be relatively easy to remove and clean, so let’s look at a few tips for cleaning your car seat covers so that they can look their best.

Read the care instructions

This is the first and most important step to take before cleaning your car seat covers. Your car seat covers will have a care instructions tag attached that gives specific guidelines as to how your car seat covers should be cared for. Many car seat covers are coated with non-flammable products that may react badly to heat or various chemicals, so to avoid damaging your car seat covers further, make sure you read the label carefully!

Treat tough stains first

The first port of call for cleaning your car seat covers is to target the toughest stains, which might require special treatment. There are a number of products on the market that are designed to get rid of tough stains, such as citrus-based products, but if these are too harsh for the material of your car seat covers, try pretreating the stains with liquid detergent before throwing the cover in the washing machine. The steps you take before washing the whole seat can make all the difference!

Avoid using hot water

When cleaning your car seat covers, it’s always a good idea to use cold water, as hot water can cause them to shrink. This depends on the material your car seats are made out of, but it’s a good rule of thumb to avoid hot temperatures when cleaning your car seat cover, including steering clear of the dryer. Otherwise, you could end up with a car seat cover that is rendered useless because it doesn’t fit!

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We also recommend you to read our other blog post “How seat covers can help you sell your used car”.

How seat covers can help you sell your used car

Are you planning to sell your used car? Obviously, you’ll want to try to get as much money as possible. The value of your vehicle may be higher, or lower, than the market average for its age.

A car for sale

You can increase the chance of selling your used car by doing what you can to raise its value. Here’s how seat covers can bring you car sale success:

Do you already have seat covers?

If you’ve been using seat covers since your car was brand new, you’ve already done the hard work. Those covers have protected your seats, leaving them in as-new condition. If your seat covers are still in excellent condition then you can choose to leave them on your vehicle. If they’re not, take them away and show off the original seats.

If you’re removing your seat covers, it might help to sell a new set with your car. Well-kept seats are worth protecting, and buyers will appreciate this gesture.

What if you haven’t been using seat covers?

If you haven’t used seat covers whilst driving your vehicle, you’ve missed out on a great opportunity. But, that doesn’t mean that you’re left without any other options.

Buy a brand new set of seat covers. Keep them sealed in their original packaging, and mention them in your car advertisement. Explain that the seats are not in perfect condition, but that you’ll throw in brand new covers ‘free of charge’. If someone’s put off by your vehicle’s interior, this could sway their decision.

Perhaps you’re in the fortunate few that’s got away with not using seat covers? Maybe your seats still look brand new, even though you haven’t been protecting them? This doesn’t mean that a set of seat covers won’t raise the value of your vehicle. Why not provide a stylish set to make your car stand out from the crowd? Buyers will like this extra gift, making their new car look slightly different from dozens of others on the market. It’s a simple customisation, costing less than £30, to raise the market value of your car.

Buy seat covers online, for all car and van makes and models. Best of luck selling your car! We also recommend that you read our other blog post “4 critical considerations for choosing the perfect car seat covers”.