Have you ever heard the saying that the interior of your car describes your personality? We don’t know how true that is, but we certainly see many vehicle owners change the interior of their cars to maintain a fresh look and a certain aesthetic.

If you’ve been thinking of giving your car a mini makeover, auto upholstery is one of the best ways to do so without breaking your budget. Let’s take a look at what auto upholstery is, and the advantages it brings to your car.

What is Automotive Upholstery?

Automotive upholstery is a craft that has survived the ages, and has really moved with technology. Essentially the process is all about the cushioning and covering of your vehicle interior including your seats and trims.

The seats in cars particularly see a lot of wear and tear, and depending on where you live, where you park your car, and how often you drive it will all depend on how long the material lasts. At Carman’s Auto we do custom upholstery as well as repairs and restoration to the original upholstery in your car.


For those whose car reflects what they do and who they are, having the upholstery in their car updated is really common, whether they drive a vintage vehicle on the weekend or a modern car during the week.

Different Types of Automotive Upholstery Materials

As with anything in life, we all have our preferences when it comes to car upholstery. Some like to use traditional materials while others prefer custom options in high quality leather. There are plenty of materials available to use, however some of the most popular options include:

  • Leather and vinyl
  • Fabric
  • Polyester
  • Polyurethane foam
  • Nylon/Polyester Scrim backing

You might be surprised to know that as a general rule, most car seat fabric is polyester due to the durability and the cost of the material. But it isn’t hard to change this up to suit your needs.

What Can Be Reupholstered?

Generally when people think of auto upholstery they think of the car seats, and that’s fair enough – it’s something you sit in daily so you tend to notice any issues really quickly. At Carman’s however, we do a lot more than car seats. Our skilled technicians can address multiple areas in the interior of your car, including:

  • Carpeting
  • Trim and door panels
  • Seats
  • Armrests
  • Dashboard sections
  • Custom tonneau’s for vintage vehicles
  • Headlining and sunroofs

You don’t need to have an expensive car to have the upholstery mended or replaced. We keep the restoration or replacement as close to the original as possible unless otherwise asked, and we’ve worked on many cars over the last 40 years, from vintage to the most modern.

Our experienced team can also do custom upholstery for a range of other products including:

  • Jet ski/boat seats
  • Motorbike seats
  • Child seats
  • Banner repair
  • Trade plate covers
  • Machinery seats such as tractors and construction machinery
  • Caravan and motorhome custions
  • Café chairs, massage tables and the like.

Benefits of Auto Upholstery

There are plenty of benefits of auto upholstery, whether it be new seat covers or repairs to the traditional leather or vinyl seats in your vintage vehicle. A reupholstered car interior will increase the value of your car, and even if you have an older car, having a well looked after interior is a great asset. Some of the other benefits include:

  • Improving the interior aesthetic and driving experience
  • Increasing the attractiveness of the car
  • Adding durability to the areas that have been reupholstered
  • Reduces the need for ongoing repairs

If you’ve been considering having your modern or classic car reupholstered, the team at Carman’s Auto is here to help. From general wear and tear through to cigarette burns and damage from the sun, we can get your car interior looking great again. Contact us today.