Leather Car Seat Covers:
The Pros and Cons of Sheepskin Seat Covers

Leather car seat covers are a popular choice for people looking to add an additional level of comfort. Traditionally, this means choosing seat covers in the form of natural sheepskin seat covers.

The plush, natural fibers add a thick cushion that makes extended driving more pleasurable as well as added comfort during the hot summer months and the cold winter months. When it comes to areas of the country with extreme weather temperatures, sheepskin seat covers make these extreme weather conditions more tolerable. But simply making a decision based on this one benefit is an oversimplification of other factors to consider.

Pros and Cons of Sheepskin Seat Covers

The Many Benefits of Sheepskin Seat Covers

leather car seat covers

Layer of Protection: Sheepskins offer a layer of protection that creates a level of comfort and opulence to your cars interior that is above and beyond traditional car seat covers. Generally speaking, it is only those of us with car leather upholstery that becomes concerned with protecting their upgraded leather trimmed seating. I doubt anyone willing to upgrade to leather car seating is going to want to hide this car leather with traditional car seat covers. Nothing enhances and adds an additional layer of opulence and protection to leather car seating in the unique way quality sheepskin seat covers do!

The Opulent Factor: Leather car seat covers add a level of opulence whether you are choosing to use them in a car with cloth seating or leather seating. We are talking natural sheepskin leather here, and the look if plush, natural sheepskins adorning your car seating adds a level of opulence in a way that only natural sheepskin covers can do.

Insulation: Since most people shopping for quality sheepskin seat covers already have upgraded leather car upholstery, it doesn't take long to realize that while leather trimmed car upholstery adds its own level of opulence, leather car seating is by nature the worst of both worlds; hot and sticky in the summer, cold and uninviting in the winter. A bad combination that can easily be remedied with quality leather car seat covers traditionally in the form of natural sheepskin.

The Drawbacks of Sheepskin Seat Covers

Expensive: There is no mystery here; quality leather car seat covers are not cheap and this is not an area where getting "cheap" is recommended as there are many cheap versions of covers that will be nothing but disappointment.

Difficult to Install: Depending on the brand you choose, installing sheepskin seat covers can be rather time consuming; which is actually the good news as the quality sheepskins will have many attachment points to contend with.

Difficult to Clean: Most people who install these type of leather car seat covers never clean the sheepskins for multiple reasons: it would require removal to have them cleaned professionally(which once again is a pain in the butt), professional dry cleaning doesn't clean them very well and once a person does it once (if a person ever does) they quickly question the effectiveness of the dry cleaning process and quickly conclude it's not worth the trouble and expense.

Dirt is Collected Underneath: Any one who has had sheepskins on their car seats for any length of time and has removed them for cleaning or to remove them permanently will come to the rude awakening of how much dirt is trapped beneath the sheepskins over time.


leather car seat covers before cleaning


In the side by side pictures above, it is worthy to note a few key points when looking at these before and after pictures of leather seating that has had sheepskin seat covers in place for many years:

  • The dirt build-up in the picture at left is shocking to most people.
  • Despite this dirt build-up which can be cleaned using proper car leather cleaning techniques, the seating remains in excellent condition since the leather car seat covers have truly protected the leather seating. 

Leather Seat Covers Simplified

The list of drawbacks to using sheepskin seat covers are limited and few. For most people, they simply purchase quality sheepskin seat covers, install them, and forget about them until the end of time...well that last statement was over dramatized, but still not too far from reality. Let's examine the list of sheepskin seat covers pros and cons by bullet-pointing what we have learned:

  • Expensive! And I don't recommend anything but custom made sheepskins made specifically for your exact model of car.
  • Difficult to clean period; proper cleaning requires removal and a professional fur dry-cleaning process, but for most people, simple vacuuming and occasional brushing to fluff-up nap is all that is ever done unless a major liquid spill happens.
  • Will trap dirt underneath and create a new and unique problem in the way of dirt build-up.
  • Very comfortable in any weather; think fluffy, cozy, quality sheepskin rug for your cars interior!
  • Especially welcomed in cold, uninviting weather conditions.
  • Also very welcomed in hot weather conditions.
  • Will protect car leather interiors from permanent type of daily wear and tear.
  • An added level of opulence to your cars interior.

Quality Leather Sheepskin Seat Covers

I can't speak for you, but over the course of my detailing career I have come to the conclusion that in most cases, using quality sheepskin seat covers offers an overall winning combination of benefits. You can use the link below to get your own custom made sheepskins. Make sure to read all the positive reviews from actual owners and see why so many other people recommend these particular sheepskins.

5 Star Tailor-Made Sheepskin Seat Covers

5 Star Tailor-Made Sheepskin Seat Covers

I am willing to bet I have presented things you never thought about when it comes to buying, installing, and maintaining leather car seat covers for your car. I hope the added information has helped you to come to the right conclusion for you and your world!

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