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So you’ve decided to invest in custom car seat covers to protect your vehicle’s upholstery? We think that’s a really smart decision because protecting any part of your automobile, including the seats is a good idea. It prolongs the life of your car and increases its resale value. But with so many choices in car seat types and brands, it can be tough to know what to choose.

To help you make a decision and find what’s right for your automobile and your budget, we came up with a list of 10 of the most common car seat materials. We’re confident it will jumpstart your custom seat covers for cars search.

  1. Leather: Leather and leatherette car seat covers lend a luxurious look to your vehicle and are actually easy to clean. They don’t absorb spills so they’re a surprisingly good choice if you have kids or pets. However, they can get hot and sticky when the temperature heats up in the summer and they don’t last as long as some other materials. Leatherette though is actually made of vinyl and more durable than real leather.
  2. Suede: Suede feels soft to the touch and your legs won’t stick to it in the summer making it a great alternative to leather. But like leather, it’s vulnerable to the sun. You can’t just wipe spills away either. Many problems can be lessened by making sure the suede has been treated to make it weather and moisture resistant.
  3. Sheepskin: Sheepskin is amazingly soft. Did you know that besides being warm in the winter it’s also naturally cool in the summer? You can vacuum, brush it, and spot clean it. Plus Sheepskin can be washed on the wool setting in your washing machine, but only with special wool cleaner and not your typical laundry detergent.
  4. Velour: Velour has a velvety look and feel. Constructed from polyester or cotton, velour is extremely comfy, but it’s not for messy passengers as it’s not moisture resistant or easy to keep clean. If you have small children, it might not be the safest choice.
  5. Neoprene: If the name neoprene sounds familiar it’s because that’s the same type of material that wetsuits are made out of. That’s great news if you have kids and pets because neoprene is a water resistant alternative to other fabrics. It’s the number one choice for seat covers and upholstery in off-road vehicles for that reason.
  6. Spacer Mesh: Spacer mesh is very easy to maintain and extremely comfortable to sit on. It will keep you cool in the summer and stays dry. This material is available in lots of stylish looking colors and is a sporty looking alternative to more expensive materials if you’re on a tight budget.
  7. Ballistic Nylon: Ballistic nylon earns its name. Originally the material for WWII fighter pilots flak jackets, ballistic nylon while not super comfortable, is amazingly durable. It’s kid and pet resistant because it’s so easy to clean.
  8. Tweed: Tweed is a great material. It’s stain resistant and durable. Tweed is just as comfortable as velour and a great choice for when you want a bit of texture. Tweed is easy to maintain and stains can be removed with simple spot cleaning.
  9. Saddle Blanket: Are you an urban cowboy or into the western look? Then saddle blanket car seat covers are a stylish choice that’s also extremely durable. They’re tear resistant and offer protection from stains and spills.
  10. Camo: Camouflage isn’t a type of material but a pattern that’s usually made from canvas, ballistic nylon or neoprene fabrics. All of these fabrics are durable and easy to maintain. It’s a popular choice for off-road vehicles and pick-ups.

There are more than 10 types of seat cover materials for custom car seat covers of course, but hopefully, this list of the most common and popular types gives you a clear idea when you’re looking for custom seat covers for your car.

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