If you're stuck in a horrible traffic jam, you have no choice but to try and make yourself as comfortable as possible in the car seat. Now, if your vehicle is equipped with an arm rest in every seat, consider yourself lucky because this component provides you with added comfort every time you're on the road. If one of the arm rests in your ride has fallen off or if its upholstery has become badly damaged, you need to repair it as soon as you can to maintain your vehicle's appearance and shape. Here's a short and general guide that will teach you how to reattach and reupholster damaged car arm rests. Take note that some of the steps below may vary or may not be applicable depending on the car that you own.
Reattaching a Broken Car Arm Rest
Reattaching one of your vehicle's arm rests is relatively easy, so you can do the task yourself to save some cash. Here's a quick how-to to help you get started.
Step 1: To begin, remove the upholstery that's covering the armrest. Look at the cover carefully and find out how it was attached to avoid damaging it in the process.
Step 2: After that, set aside the arm rest's cushion by pushing it far back. And once it's set, look for its bolt connector or connecting pin housing.
Step 3: Once you've located it, look for the connecting hole of the arm rest on the car seat. You can find this either at the edge of the seat or on the center console.
Step 4: As soon as you see it, align the bolt to the hole and then use a ratchet to tighten it onto the mounting hole. If the armrest is connected via a connected pin versus a bolt, just slide the connecting pin into the hole and wait until you hear a click to ensure that the locking mechanism has worked.
Step 5: Lastly, get the cushion that was set aside earlier and make it go over the bolt or pin and back to its original position.
Reupholstering a Car Arm Rest
After years of continued use, the upholstery of your vehicle can get worn out and damaged. The upholstery covering the arm rests of your car seats are not an exception, so you'll eventually need replacement as well.
Step 1: Using a screwdriver, disconnect the armrest from your car seat or center console.
Step 2: Next, heat up your replacement upholstery material under the sun or using a hair dryer. In case you're going to use vinyl, you need to preheat it to make it easier to stretch.
Step 3: After that, mount the upholstery material over the armrest and stretch it over the edges and all the way underneath until it reaches the frame.
Step 4: Once you're happy with its position, staple it on the underside of the frame and cut off the excess.
Step 5: Lastly, use a hair dryer to heat the upholstery along the corners of the arm rest until it lays flat.