The Volkswagen Seat

The poor old VW seat cops a lot of flack for being uncomfortable. In reality, Volkswagen thought long and hard about their seats, and came up with a very simple but effective seat that works, as long as all the bits are in reasonably good condition. Bit like a Volkswagen really. To be truly comfortable, a seat needs to be supportive. Like a bed. A soft bed will usually leave you with aches and pains and a bad night's sleep. A supportive bed "supports" the human frame bringing comfort and a good nights' sleep.

Unlike a domestic chair where you can move around on the seat to refresh comfort, in a car seat you're pretty much stuck in the one position. Support is the all important word here.

If you've had an old, well worn Volkswagen you'd be familiar with powdered coconut fibre on the floor under the seat, torn vinyl/leatherette, torn piping, exposing strands of coconut fibre and grey cotton wadding, and springs that annoyingly protrude into your most delicate regions. Those seats ARE uncomfortable, but they can be restored to be VERY comfortable.

Volkswagen seats have three main components. The spring base, a coconut fibre pad and a cover that holds the lot together and can look pretty smart.

The usual problem areas are broken welds in the spring base, broken springs, disintegrated seat pads and of course torn, worn out covers, often the result of perished stitching or holes created by broken springs. All of the above can be repaired or replaced, restoring your seats to their original glory. Comfortable and inviting.

Here's a classic example of a disintegrated seat pad. This one was so bad it turned to dust on removal. You can see the thickness of the new pad beside it. We simply replaced the original factory seat cover, and it's like new again. Imagine the difference in comfort!