How to Tie Bead Seat Covers

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How to Tie Bead Seat Covers
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People attach beaded covers to their car and truck seats for many reasons. The round, wooden beads are usually spaced apart just enough so that when the person sitting on them shifts in her seat, she gets a back and leg massage. This improves circulation and relieves muscle fatigue and overall tension. It also improves air circulation along the sitter's back and prevents burns from leather or vinyl seats warmed by the sun. You can even use them on your office or living room chairs. Though most beaded seat covers are advertised to "install easily," you may have to improvise a bit to securely attach one to your particular seat.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Seat
  • Beaded seat cover
  • 550-pound Type III Paracord
  • Safety pins

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  1. 1

    Read the dimensions of the seat cover before purchasing it and compare these dimensions to the seat to which you wish to attach it.

  2. 2

    Attempt to use the stings or straps that come with the seat cover to attach it to your seat. Some beaded seat covers come with strings on either side of the "headrest" area and on either side of the crook of the seat---where the seat back and seat bottom come together (the part of the seat that may fold up or back). Other beaded seat covers come with elastic straps sewn on that you can stretch over bucket seats. Still others are long enough that strings are attached to the end of the seat cover that you can feed under the seat and tie to the seat frame.

  3. 3

    Use a heavy-duty cord like 550-pound Type III Paracord to create additional attachments if the strings attached to the seat covers do not adequately secure it to your seat.

  4. 4

    Fold a section of an elastic band over itself and secure it with a safety pin or two if a band on your beaded seat cover does not hold your seat cover securely enough (or if it becomes too stretchy over time).

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