Comfort, durability, and overall good value are important considerations when choosing car seat fabric. Your car seat upholstery will obviously last longer if it is strong and easy to clean. A stain-resistant option is worth considering, but stain-protectant treatments are also available. The fabric can also fade over time, so fade resistance will likely play a role in your choice as well. Appearance is very important and some options allow for better customization, such as allowing a bit of stretch to appropriately cover unusually shaped seats.
If you plan to cover your seats in a permanent manner, rather than simply purchasing or making slip-on car seat covers, you will need long-lasting fabric. High-quality fabric is available from many sources, such as online vendors, fabric, or upholstery shops, and custom automotive stores. It is a good idea to shop around and compare types, styles, quality, availability, and price. You can find great colors in solids, stripes, or even funky prints. Also, ask about car seat fabric with foam backing for additional comfort.
You can be a little less demanding with slip-on car seat covers, especially if they will be switched out with the changing seasons and will not take constant wear. For hard to fit seats, you may have to place a special order or have seat covers custom made. Velour, vinyl, nylon, or saddle blanket fabric may create a look that pleases you and provide comfortable seating during cooler weather. During hot summer months, you may prefer to switch to canvas or cotton.
The cost of the fabric will likely also play a role in your decision, since most people want the best value for their money. If the material you are interested in is not treated for stain or fade resistance, consider purchasing treatments for these purposes. You may also want to make or purchase window shades to further protect your investment. It is a good idea to include these costs when deciding how much to spend for your seat covers.
If you wish to cover a baby car seat to complement your vehicle’s interior, it shouldn’t be hard to find an appropriate car seat fabric for such a project. In fact, you may even be able to find a match. You can then have a custom car seat cover made or make one yourself using the existing cover to create a pattern from which to work.