Types of Upholstery Fabrics for Cars

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Types of Upholstery Fabrics for Cars
Carp uphostery can be made of vinyl, leather or other materials. (inside of car image by Christopher Nolan from Fotolia.com)

Car upholstery varies based on the model of car and the years in which it was developed. For instance, many early models of cars were made with wool upholstery, but this fabric was quickly replaced by alternative options, and only custom-made wool upholstery is available for restoring antique car models. Options today focus on durability, comfort and appearance.


Leather is a popular option for its feel and appearance. Most people consider leather seats to be one of the most luxurious options for car, although leather also requires the most maintenance in terms of cleaning and oiling to keep it in good condition. Leather is also one of the priciest upholstery options available. Some people actually use leather imitations and hide a few real leather items under the seats to give the leather smell without actually using leather upholstery.


Vinyl is a very common upholstery fabric for cars because of its comparatively low cost to leather. Vinyl is a type of plastic resin that can be moulded into many different forms. With the right treatment, it can resemble real leather in terms of texture and feel, but performs better when exposed to wear and sunlight. Vinyl is also easier to clean than leather and can come in a variety of colours or patterns.

Nylon Blends

Nylon blends are made by combining the synthetic cloth nylon with other natural fabrics such as wool or tweed. The nylon keeps the fabric durable and easy to clean, while the natural fibres give it a warmer colour and a better feeling. Some fabrics are made entirely out of nylon products as well. Nylon, like vinyl, is cost effective, making it an ideal option for manufacturers.

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