Worn, torn, and frayed auto carpeting? Don't wait for your passengers to complain about the nasty soda and food stains on your carpet. Solve this unsightly cabin issue with a good carpet kit. As its name implies, carpet kits are designed to let you repair and/or replace your vehicle's original carpeting. Manufactured from high-quality materials like cutpile, nylon, vinyl, and TruVette, these carpet replacements will surely help you restore your cabin's original appearance. What's great about carpet kits is that most of them are custom-made to fit your vehicle's floor area. This means that you can install this product without modifying or resizing the carpet. Some carpet kits are also designed for maximum durability. For example, there's one carpet kit on the market that offers mildew-resistance through heat-bonded padding. So if what you need is a carpet that will last the long haul, then you won't have problems finding a kit that will give you the results you want. And lastly, because aftermarket carpet kits come in different colors and designs, you can easily choose carpeting that will either match your vehicle interior or brighten up your cabin's appearance. So whether you're after bringing back your cabin's looks or enhancing its appearance, you can be sure that there's a carpet kit that will do wonders for your ride.
DIY Steps on Installing a New Carpet in Your Car
Whether you're replacing an old carpet or simply switching to a different color, installing a new carpet can certainly breathe new life in your car interior. And while getting a new carpet installed by a professional is convenient, you can save a lot of money if you install them yourself. In this guide, we'll show you step by step on how you can install a new carpet in your car's interior.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
Rather and socket set
Flathead and Phillips screwdriver
Preparing the new carpet
Unroll the new carpet and lay it in a warm area for one or two hours. This will allow the carpet to settle down to its molded shape. Use your hands to push the contoured sections of the carpet back to their molded position.
Removing the seats
Using a ratchet and socket, unbolt each car seat's legs and the seat tracks from the floor. In some models, you may also have to remove the center console as well. Once the seats have been removed, unbolt the seatbelt and seatbelt connections from the floor and sides of the car interior.
Detaching the sill plates and other components
Most cars nowadays have
sill plates that secure the carpet at the threshold of the car door; these can be removed by either unscrewing their mounting screws or by lifting the plate up. Also, take out the kick panels in front of the doors and pull the door post panels between the front and rear seats. If your vehicle is equipped with a manual transmission, pull out the trim around the floor shifter as well.
Pulling out the carpet
Start at the corner in the rear by rolling the carpet up and pulling it out. Do the same to pull the carpet pad up. Once removed, Lay the carpet down and unroll it. Take the new carpet and place it on top of the old carpet to compare holes; use a hobby knife to cut out additional holes if necessary.
Installing the new carpet
Place the carpet pad on the car floor and unroll the new carpet on top of it. Start underneath the dash area, lining the carpet up the existing bolt holes and along edges in the process. Use your hands to push any wrinkles towards the outer edges until the carpet is smooth. Make sure to stop every once in a while to check if the carpet fits properly. Some carpets are intentionally shipped larger than necessary and must be trimmed to size. Once the carpet is fitted perfectly, reinstall all of the components you removed earlier.
Trim Parts vs. Newark: Who Makes is the Best Carpet?
Installing a quality carpet is an excellent long-term investment as it not only helps keep your car's interior look nice but also protects it against dirt, snow, and other debris you bring in. But for many car owners, determining what a
quality carpet is can be difficult. And the fact that two of the biggest names in the industry - Newark Auto and Trim Parts - claim that their products as the best doesn't help either. So we took a Trim Parts and a Newark universal nylon cut-pile carpet and installed it on our 2010 Chevy Suburban to see which one is truly the best -and which one is just pure shag.
Because they are universal, we didn't expect much in terms of a perfect fit from both the Newark Auto and Trim Part carpets for our Suburban. However, we did have a particularly hard time with the Newark carpeting, as it did not fill in the area around the spare tire holder properly and the center hump was molded far off center, resulting with an excess in one side of the carpet and a shortage in the other.WINNER: Trim Part
Both the Trim Part and Newark carpets are made from extra thick cut-pile nylon for effective comfort and insulation. Trim Part's door bottom and kick panel sets also have vinyl-bound edges for extra durability while Newark Auto carpet's exposed edges have reinforced binding to prevent it from fraying. But what really caught our eye, however, is the Newark carpet's color-coordinated heel pad around the high wear area of the driver's and passenger's side well, which is perfect for vehicles who get a lot of foot traffic.WINNER: Newark Auto
Newark Auto universal carpets go for $30 to $50, while Trim Parts cost an average of $180.WINNER: Newark Auto
Newark Auto universal carpets might appear to be the winner based on price alone, but when it comes to a better fit, Trim Part carpets are a better choice.
Car Carpet Shopping: Your Guide to Getting a Good Vehicular Carpeting Deal
Is your car's carpet sticky, holey, damaged, or otherwise full of moss and infestations to the point that a simple cleanup might not be enough to fix it? Then it's about time you changed your automotive carpet. As a by the way, it's tougher dealing with carpet replacement for an automobile compared to, say, carpet replacement of your home since these are installed right onto your car floor with different shapes and contours. "Fitment" is important here.
Know the Different Types of Carpet
- Molded Carpet: This commonplace carpet type involves carpets that are fit or molded unto the specific make and model of your vehicle. This carpet is cut to fit inside the rear or front of the car exactly, without you having to cut it to shape yourself. This saves you trouble when it comes to customization, but it also limits you to the type of carpet available to you. Just check the info found on your driver's side doorjamb and order your specific molded carpet.
- Loop Pile Carpet: A loop pile carpet is a traditional car carpet style available up until the 1970s. It's made of small loops that form your carpet and it's well-known for its durability. However, it's not the softest or plushest of automotive carpets. If you have an older vintage car, it's possible you have type carpeting type although you can always upgrade if you want. It's the longest lasting carpet type among automotive carpets for sure.
- Cut Pile Carpet: As for the cut pile carpet, it evolved from the loop pile and it's also created with loops but they are cut off. This produces a pile that's denser yet softer that traditional carpeting of the loop pile variety. It has the longevity of the loop pile but with extra softness on your feet. This carpet adds a posh style to your car because of its denseness, texture, and reliability. Most carpets of this type are made from nylon material.
- Blended Pile Carpet: This is also an evolution of the old loop pile carpet type, but it's slightly different from its vintage counterpart in terms of how it's made. Its material is a blend of nylon and rayon, but the resulting tough carpet has a vintage loop pile look to it regardless. It's not cut pile but it has a luxurious and nicer feel to it than a loop pile without cutting the loops.
- Plush Carpet/Essex Carpet: This is essentially the most luxurious carpet type available for cars that's available for consumers. This plush carpet is a variant of the cut pile style of carpeting that makes use of longer piles, thus producing thicker, fuller carpets that are even softer and more touchable than the already plush cut pile carpeting. It's also the most expensive and decadent carpet option around that's fade-resistant and made of nylon.
Never Forget the Following
The encouraging thing about automotive carpet replacement is that unlike with other components of your car, there's less of an issue when it comes to fitment (unless you want to stick with molded carpets only). It's possible for you to upgrade from, say, a loop pile carpet to a plush or Essex carpet if you so choose. Keep in mind also that the style and texture of your car's carpet should ensure that your floors are protected from stains, spills, and potential corrosive elements.