How to Fit Seat Covers

Updated April 17, 2017

Installing auto seat covers is a task that consumers can complete in several steps. Seat covers are sold to fit different seat styles in various types of automobiles including cars, sport utility vehicles, trucks and vans. Consider whether the cover is for a bucket seat, low back seat or seats with built-in or adjustable headrests.

Remove the headrests (if necessary) and push the back of the seat forward. Slide the seat cover over the top of the seat, and pull it down.

Grip the bottom of the cover and pull it so that it fits securely over the seat cushion. Fasten the elastic straps under the seat with the supplied "S" hooks.

Tie the supplied cord in place so that the seat cover maintains its shape. Check that the seat cover is properly installed and fits snugly.

Cut holes for the headrest with a knife, razor blade or scissors. The seat cover will stretch naturally, so do not cut the holes too big.

Insert the headrest back into the seat. The installation is now complete.


Most seat covers will fit tightly, but to ensure a secure fit, look for seat covers advertised as "snug fit."


Do not install seat covers on seats with airbags. Wear safety goggles during the installation process. Use caution to avoid elastic snapback.

Things You'll Need

  • Seat cover
  • "S" Hooks (included)
  • Knife, razor blade, or scissors
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Based in Harrisburg, Pa., Jamal A. Jones began writing in 1998 as an intern with the "The Patriot-News." He is a contributor to several websites and writes human-interest stories for a community newspaper. Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Georgetown University.