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Leather vs. Fabric Car Seats

The growing ease of car customization has made it possible for us to personalize our cars and make them truly our own. However, with so many options to choose from, people are often left feeling overwhelmed when deciding which features to add and what to forgo. Add in a pushy car salesman, and the experience of buying a vehicle can go from exciting to downright nightmarish. In an age where you can pick almost anything - accent colors, rim style, level of window tint...the list goes on - it can seem like you might as well be designing the car from scratch yourself. Luckily, we can relate and we’re here to lend a hand.

One of the most prominent decisions in car buying is the interior of the car. Over time, you spend a lot of time sitting in the driver’s seat, so the seats you choose are important. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of the pros and cons to both fabric and leather seats so that it’s easier to pick what will work best for you and your family.


  • Pros:
    • One of the biggest perks of leather seats is that they are so easy to clean. Your kid spilled juice in the back seat? No worries – it can be wiped up quickly without leaving you worried about stains on your seats.
    • A lot of butts sit on your car seats. With leather seats, you don’t have to worry about your car seats retaining strange odors.
    • It’s hard to beat the clean, classic look of leather seats. They’re just so inviting!
  • Cons:
    • If your car typically transports sharp objects (or passengers that like to wear jeans with blingy pockets), there is a good possibility that these will scratch up and damage leather seats.
    • Leather seats, especially black ones, get extremely hot in the summer. If you live in a sunny state or wear shorts often, you might want to go for non-leather seats.
    • For fancier leather seats, some maintenance and upkeep might be required to keep them looking nice. This typically involves conditioning your seats, but double check that you have the right products for your car before trying this (or bring it in to be done professionally).



  • Pros:
    • Fabric seats are often offered as a cheaper option than leather seats. If you’re trying to save a little money when car shopping, this is a good way to do it!
    • We all know that things don’t always go according to plan. On the off chance that you have to reupholster your car seats in the future, it’s much easier and cheaper to do with fabric seats than leather ones!
    • Unlike leather seats, you don’t have to worry about fabric seats getting extremely hot or cold, no matter where you park your car!
  • Cons:
    • Arguably the biggest downside of fabric seats, especially if you have kiddos or pets (or if you like to eat messy snacks in the car), is that they are much harder to keep clean. They require cleaning more often to stay looking nice, and they stain easily, especially if the fabric is light colored.
    • Fabric seats are more likely to retain odors and leave your car smelling musty. 

Most importantly, keep in mind that vehicle shopping should be fun, not stressful. Remember that regardless of whether you choose fabric or leather seats, we can help you keep them clean and protected with our revolutionary seat protectors. Made to securely fit any seat in any car, they are guaranteed to help preserve the life and value of your seats whether they are leather or fabric. Check them out on Amazon or on our website, www.k4dynamics.com!


Happy car hunting!