Saturday, July 23, 2011

How to Install Custom Seat Covers

The crew from Cal Trend came by our studio to show us how easy it is to install some of their velour seat covers. Cal Trend manufacturers custom seat covers for a lot of vehicles in a lot of different materials. You can check out the options on our website.
We ordered from velour seat covers for my 2010 Ford Flex for use in catalog photos. The first step is to remove the headrests so the top piece can be slipped over the seats.
Once the cover is pulled all the way down, make sure any openings for armrests or side airbags are properly lined up.
Next, the crew lined up the bottom seat cover. Simply slide the plastic tabs through the bottom of the seat back. Once the seat cover is tightly in place you can properly fit it to the seat.
Notice the side? The seat cover material is custom fit for the seat, so the fabric is designed to be tucked inside the plastic frame of the seat. The nylon straps shown are attached to the front edge of the seat cover base. Those straps are run underneath the seat. They will be secured to the plastic loops from the top side. Please be careful on this step: Make sure that any wiring for the seat controls is not caught in the straps.
Once the straps are passed under the seat, loop them through the plastic buckles to tighten.
After the top and bottom are secure, slip the custom cover over the headrest. The installers recommend doing this before putting the headrest back on the seat. It is much easier to slip the headrest cover on if you rest it on your leg.
The seat covers do come with detailed instructions on how to install bucket or bench seat covers.
Here is how the front and back row seat covers look on the Flex. The installation takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Thank you to the guys from Cal Trend for stopping by our studio to help us out.

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