Partial Interiors

  • Partial interior overview
  • Upholstery kit install example

Are you trying to replace a portion of your old and worn-out interior?  Looking for a solution for that driver’s side cushion or backrest that is cracked and faded?  The solution typically requires the replacement of pieces or repair of the part that is in disrepair.  A partial replacement seems like a simpler, easier, and more inexpensive option than replacing a whole seat or the whole interior, but this is not always the case.  We, at LeatherSeats.com, design our interiors to give the customer the greatest savings when purchasing the whole kit, but we can sell specific parts of the interior as might be needed by the customer.  However, we do not typically advise our customers to go the direction of partial replacement because replacing only a small portion of an existing interior can be complicated and result in a less than optimal outcome.  This complexity is mainly caused by the car manufacturers who produce many different interior variations and colors for each generation of the vehicle.  This variation makes matching an existing interior difficult, but it is not impossible if the pattern and materials can be matched closely enough.

Before/After

As a general rule, it is always best to replace as much of the upholstery as possible so that color and pattern matching will not be much of an issue and so that you do not have a clash between old worn-out leather and brand new leather. Take a look at the images to the right, and you can see how closely the new leather matches the original color on the side plastics.

Damaged leather seat cushion
Repaired leather seat cushion

Firstly, we need to ensure that we have the correct pattern that will fit and match your factory pattern.  This seems simple, but most manufacturers will produce several seating configurations per vehicle.  For example, in 2010, Toyota built the Camry with at least 3 different seating configurations for the US domestic market.  Each seating configuration has to be patterned and produced as a separate/independent pattern number.  So firstly, we need to make sure we have the correct seating configuration that matches your configuration.  It is also common for manufacturers to build a factory cloth and factory leather version of each seating configuration.  These versions are many times identical, but there are cases where the factory cloth version and the factory leather version are completely different in dimensions, attachment points, and style.  LeatherSeats.com generally patterns the factory cloth versions of these interiors, and so for a few interiors where the factory cloth and factory leather are completely different. We might not have the applicable pattern.  However, always call us to check.  Some of these factory leather and factory cloth versions produced by the manufacturers are the same in dimensions and attachment points but are only different in style.  This is much more common and can be very conspicuous or very subtle.  This means that both cloth and leather versions of the pattern will work interchangeably, but the styling or cosmetic pattern of the upholstery will be different.  As a result of this issue, we request that any partial interior inquiries contact our upholstery professionals for more compatibility information.