The question of whether you should get your car seats reupholstered isn’t always easily answered. There are a lot of factors to consider, whether you really need it, whether you can afford it, as well as whether it is actually worth the investment.
It is important to understand these aspects as well as what actually goes into car seat re-upholstery. Being informed about it and having some idea of pricing will help in answering whether or not you should or need to get your car seats reupholstered.
This advice is to help with determining if car seat reupholster is the right way to go for you.
What Goes Into Reupholstering Car Seats?
When you hire a professional to reupholster car seats, you are going to be paying the automotive upholstery shop for materials and labour. Materials include the fabric selected to replace the current upholstery, foam and batting as needed. The labour includes the removal of current upholstery, creating a cutting template or pattern, adding foam and batting to damaged areas, and possible spring repair. Once that has all been taken care of there is actually reupholstering the seats with the fabric and the required tools and supplies to hold the fabric in place. That is just a basic explanation of what goes into the process of reupholstering car seats, but it can be quite labour intensive. You have to not only take the current upholstery off but hog ring the new ones on and ensure that it is in place and won’t move around over time.
Here is another reason why you might want to get one of your car seats re upholstered – burn marks. This answers explain the process and what goes into repair a small area of a seat.
Fixing a burn hole for example a cigarette burn. If one area needs repair we cut the length required of the matching fabric, re foam the area if needed and then stitch it in. It is usually one whole panel of the seat not just a tiny area.
When Do You Actually Need to Reupholster Your Car Seats?
Anyone could get their car seats reupholstered if they wanted to. It is one way to upgrade your old car interior, change the aesthetics if you are unhappy with the current upholstery, but in most cases it is to repair damaged car seats.
The extent to which your seats are damaged will factor into whether or not you actually require a repair or a complete reupholster. If you think about what goes into the actual process of automotive upholstery then you will get a good idea of whether or not you truly need it.
For example, do you have large chunks of foam missing, is the actual shape of your seat disfigured, are there multiple areas where material is missing not just a tear? In these cases sometimes the only option is car seat re-upholstery.
How Much Does it Cost to Have Your Car Seat Reupholstered or Repaired?
There is no cut and dry answer when it comes to pricing for car seat re upholstery, as every job is different and has to be assessed individually.
If you are looking to get an accurate cost for car seat re-upholstery tailored to your car, you should get in touch with us by providing some pictures via email or through WhatsApp on the mobile number on our website. You will also have to provide information on the car such as the year, make, and model and elaborate on how damaged your seat(s) are. Alternatively you can simply pop in to our premises to allow us have a look at the car seat damage and then we will give you a price.
We can do a lot of repair within the same day but it is always better to call and book in advance. In some cases for damaged or worn leather seats we require to take a sample of the leather from your damaged leather or hidden spot under the seat and send it the colouring laboratory to get a match for the seat colour. This process usually takes approximately 3 working days, so if you require same day service you need to take this into account and book in advance.
Here Are A Few Examples of Possible Pricing:
Price for re-upholstering based on a standard design in leather look materials from £300 for per seat.
Re-upholstering cost for front and rear seats in leather look material starts from approximately £1200 depending on materials chosen and design.
Re-upholstering cost for front and rear seats in genuine leather starts from approximately £1400 for a single colour or £1600 for a custom colour combination.
Something else you need to factor in, if your seats are missing chunks of foam or require any sort of additional repair, there will be an additional cost incurred for cost of materials and labour.
Fabric car seat repair for one panel or smart repair, start from £90.
Genuine leather car seat repair cost will be given on an individual basis once the repair has been assessed, due the cost of automotive grade leather and also depending on the colour.