Seat Covers: Custom vs. Semi-Custom vs. Universal

Originally published on Jun 12, 2019 | Updated on Aug 28, 2023

Written by
 RealTruck Expert Team

Seat covers come in three main fitments: custom, semi-custom, and universal. Knowing what each fitment means will help you purchase exactly what you want. In this guide, we'll review what each fitment means, how it will fit your vehicle's seats, and what you can expect the end result to be. Let's get started.


Custom Seat Covers

Application specific, custom fit seat covers fit the curves of the seats on your exact make and model, giving you the perfect OE look in the cover of your choice. Custom seat covers are made to order just for you, and because of this they are not returnable. If you've got questions when ordering, chat or call our product experts so we can guarantee fitment.

CalTrend Neosupreme Seat Covers in Charcoal

Coverking Neoprene Seat Covers

Fia Leather Lite Seat Covers

Semi-Custom Seat Covers

Semi-Custom Seat Covers: Protect your seats with the look of a custom cover but at a lower price. They'll look great, but as they're not application-specific like custom seat covers, they'll have a more generic feel to them. Note that some semi-custom seat covers are returnable while others are not, so if you've got questions give us a call. We'll guarantee fitment so you can be confident in your selection.

Fia OE Semi-Custom Seat Covers

MODA Custom Seat Covers

Northwest Form Fit Seat Covers

Universal Seat Covers

Idea for those who want heavy-duty seat protection but aren't as concerned with appearance, universal fit seat covers are designed to fit a number of vehicle makes and models. They either fit the whole seat, front and back, or may just affix at certain points to protect only the front of the seat. As a result, they have a loose-fit appearance but give superior protection from whatever you throw at your seats.

MODA Collegiate Universal Seat Covers

MODA Universal Seat Shield

Saddleman Universal Leather Seat Covers


1. Covercraft Carhartt Seat Covers

These custom-fit seat covers feature breathable, heavy-duty duck weave fabric that resists water and UV damage. Machine washable and dryer friendly, they're backed by a two-year warranty.

2. Covercraft SeatGloves Seat Covers

These versatile semi-custom seat covers are breathable, insulated, and durable, giving you a comfortable seat that appears custom. They're also machine washable and compatible with side airbags.

Aries Seat Defender

These universal seat covers fit loosely over your seats to protect the part your body touches, keeping them protected from dirt, mud, and other elements. Available in black, gray, brown, and camo.

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