Your car’s upholstery is an important aspect of comfort and aesthetics, but should you reupholster once it gets damaged? With several things to consider, including budget and materials, here’s a look at the pros and cons of having car seats redone.
When to Consider Reupholstering
Of course, you can always upgrade your car’s interior if you want to, but most people don’t have the funds to change upholstery on a whim. Instead, time and wear lead to the decision. But what damage justifies the time and financial investment? If your seats have multiple stains and small rips, you can probably soldier through without new upholstery. However, if large chunks of foam are missing or the seat has become disfigured, it might be time for fresh material.
The Process of Reupholstering
Having a seat (or the entire interior) reupholstered involves measuring, cutting, reapplying foam and stitching on new fabric. If upgrading from fabric to leather, the procedure might vary slightly but is closely related. Depending on the size of your vehicle, the time it takes might differ, but most shops can complete the job in less than a week.
The Cost of Repair/Replacement
Unfortunately, too many variables exist to predict the out-of-pocket cost of reupholstering; the materials you choose, the professional doing the work, and the size of the job will all come into play. For a ballpark, though, you can expect it to cost between $200 and $750 per seat and $500 to $2000 for a pair of bucket seats.
Custom/Universal Seat Covers
If you’re not in a position to reupholster, there are other options. First, custom seat covers–designed and guaranteed to fit your vehicle–can provide a look you want at a more affordable price. With modern technology, custom covers can work in accordance with your make and model to create a seamless design. For a quicker but less ideal option, you can try universal seat covers. Generated to fit a wide range of seats, they can work short-term but usually fit loosely and function more as a protective sheath.
Since keeping your car’s upholstery clean and whole beats having to start from scratch, follow these simple tips:
- Keep sunlight out by using windshield and window protectors.
- When possible, keep windows cracked to keep extreme heat from damaging the interior.
- Keep food and drinks to a minimum.
- Use leather conditioner annually.
- Use rubber floor mats.
For all your auto upholstery needs, call Banister’s Upholstery in East Point, GA at 404-767-4396 today!