Leather seats in a car must be both stylish and practical. The right choice of leather for car seats is extremely important and challenging. A large selection of smooth and perforated auto leather is available right now. Genuine leather is the most commonly used material in a car’s interior.
Car leather should have the best performance properties, as high durability, wear resistance, sound insulation, resistance to temperature fluctuations, changes in humidity, etc. Genuine leather seats in a car do not produce an annoying squeak of plastic and extraneous noises that will improve noise isolation. Top-notch leather for a car doesn’t accumulate sweat and moisture, it is pleasant to touch, it won’t burn out. Such a leather type possesses “breathing” properties, it is wear-proof, i.e. it practically does not deform.
How to choose leather for car seats?
When choosing leather for car seats, take into account its structure, which should match the structure of plastic parts imitating the leather surface. All automobile manufacturers set their technical requirements for genuine leather seats: stretching, abrasion, elasticity, permissible degree of humidity, etc., which should correspond to the car leather used in different brands like BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Jaguar, Opel, Porsche, Honda, etc. Among other things, the surface color and pattern must match the color and pattern of the plastic interior elements.
The right choice of color tone, texture, and quality of car leather is a combination of perforated leather with other fabrics in a car interior. When choosing the color of car leather seats, you should be guided by your personal preferences and the color of your car. When choosing genuine car leather for interior upholstery, the color tone, brightness, and saturation must be taken into account.
Personal top 5 leather types for car seats
I’ve been testing different leather types and brands for my BMW car seats for a few years. The results of my tests revealed top 5 brands that I definitely can recommend:
- REED is genuine cowhide leather (1.4 mm thick);
- REED also has a whole sheep leather skin that I use right now for my car’s seats. It also has a nice antique finish;
- Black Leather Hide sells a very smooth and soft lambskin type that is very thin (up to 0.8 mm);
- Incircle is another cowhide type that is quite thick and durable;
- Memory Cross sells durable leather types (2 inches to 24 inches);
Do you agree with my top 5 leather for car seats? Share your experience and preferences. Also, check the useful video about choosing the seat cushions and upholstery.
Useful Video: A Basic Seat Cushion Cover Car Upholstery