Sheepskin Car Seat Cover

Genuine Sheepskin vs Chinese Sheepskin Plates

At Sheepskin Tailors, we go to great lengths to ethically source our sheepskins. Predominantly they come from Australia (mainly Victoria and New South Wales) and some from New Zealand.

We use a tannery in Australia and a tannery from New Zealand.

Our sheepskins are treated by the finest tanning process.

Real sheepskin has leather on the back regardless if it has been lined with a cotton lining. A premium length of wool is 25mm which is soft and dense for ultimate comfort.

Sheepskin is a natural insulator, warm in winter and cool in summer.

All sheepskin seat covers in auto stores are sheepskin with acrylic back and sides. The headrests are sheepskin fronts with acrylic backs. These sets of seat covers are multi fits (one size fits all).

You will be able to buy off the shelf seat covers made out of 100% sheepskin in auto stores.

The cheaper seat covers in auto stores are made out of plates with lots of joins in the sheepskin and can have low wool pile from 19mm to 22mm.

Not that there’s anything wrong with these products, for example for work vehicles or to tidy an older vehicle with worn, grubby seats.

There are a small handful of companies that make full sheepskin custom made seat covers in Australia. They range in price from $790 to $1300 for a pair of front seats. It takes 6 to 8 premium sheepskins to make a pair of front seats depending on the size of the pelts/sheepskins being lambskins or larger sheepskins.

In the last few years, regrettably, Australian tanneries are almost all closed down so it’s harder to source full sheepskin pelts in a variety of colours. Due to this some Aussie companies have resorted to using ‘’plates” to make full custom made car seat covers.

A sheepskin plate is a rectangle of sheepskin that measures roughly 60cm wide to 120cm long. These have many joins in them and are all made in China. These are made to this size to manufacture a sheepskin front seat with acrylic sides which is what is sold in auto stores.

So when you are purchasing premium top of the range full sheepskin car seat covers, ask the company what they use, full genuine sheepskin pelts or sheepskin plates.

Our custom made sheepskin seat covers are made from premium 25mm sheepskin pelts. Every product produced by Sheepskin Tailors is tailored to your requirements to fit your cars particular make and model. When you get a custom made order from Sheepskin Tailors, we guarantee a perfect custom fit with no bulges and no bagging. The cover remains firmly in place. Not only is this more comfortable for you but there is also less wear and tear on the sheepskin itself.

We use 25mm plastic side release clips and a 25mm wide strong elastic. There are 6 to 7 fasteners on each seat for a tight fit. Using side release clips, the covers are easy to put on and remove if necessary.

We recommend you vacuum your sheepskin seat covers regularly to keep a beautiful plush wool pile.

Sheepskin is exceptionally hard wearing, and if cared for properly will last for years.

At Sheepskin Tailors we stand by all of our products with a 12 month guarantee on manufacturing.

That’s how confident we are that you’ll be happy with your purchase.

Sheepskin Tailors

R.M. Wickens – a rare breed of business

It’s not every day that you come across a family business that has stood the test of time, and is more than a century old.

But R.M. Wickens is a ‘rare breed,’ as they say in sheep farming circles. And the fact that it is more than 100 years old is testament to its respect for the world-renowned Australian traditions of ingenuity, hard work, and customer service, delivered with a warm smile. 

Started in the early 1900s by grandfather Charles who was a well-known tanner and manufacturer of sheepskin products, this great Australian family business is now owned and operated by the third generation of the Wickens family. Robin and Melanie Wickens continue the tradition, custom-making high quality 100% sheepskin car seat covers and sheepskin car seat belt covers.

Quality that lasts

Hand made in Australia, these beautiful car seat covers and sheepskin car seat belt covers are sought after globally for their quality, durability and immaculate fit.

At R.M. Wickens, we do not pre-make any products, nor do we supply multi-fit products. Instead, we hand make your order to specification when you place it – and that’s why our premium sheepskin car seat covers are second-to-none.

They might cost a little more, but you can be certain the covers don’t come off a mass-production line. Each panel is hand measured and cut individually. Patterns care carefully checked and placed, and then skins are sewn together using a super strength cotton.  

Our sheepskin car seat covers are made from premium sheepskins, from New Zealand (because, sadly, there are no tanneries left in Australia). They have a long, thick pile, which we trim, and tidy as part of the process of making the perfect products for you.

And, because we take a lot of pride in the craftmanship of what we do, your car seat covers will fit your car perfectly without creases or bulges, without being too big or too small.

Easy-to-install

We use side releases on car seat covers that simply snap together. Headrests are held together tightly with velcro tabs. Detailed fitting instructions are included with every pair and we are available just at the end of a phone.

Easy care

Sheepskins like ours, which are tanned with processes that are as natural as possible, are essentially self-cleaning. Sheepskin is dirt and bacteria resistant because it contains a natural product called lanolin, which is often harvested as hand creams and lip balms because of it’s moisturising and antibacterial properties.  From time to time, your sheepskin might need a good vacuum, other than that, there’s nothing you need to do to keep it in good condition.

“The ultimate in luxury for your town run about, your weekender,
or your classic pride and joy”

As a natural fibre, wool is cool in summer and warm in winter. It is comfortable and exceptionally hard wearing.

Designs for every car, make and model

It’s also easy to work with, which means that over time, as car safety features and seat designs have changed, so too, have our products. And because we tailor make, we can ensure that your car seat covers allow for air bags, pockets, trays and screens – whatever is needed. What’s more? We have five colours available to choose from – Cream, Bamboo, Stone, Charcoal and Black. There’s definitely a sheepskin to ‘blend in’ … or give you the ‘wow’ factor!

Our customers come back time and again, because well-fitting car seat covers not only look good, and add to the comfort of the driver and all the passengers, they protect your car’s interior over the long term, which is an important consideration if you want to keep it in tip top condition for eventual resale or trade-in.  

A promise from Grandpa Charles 

At RM Wickens, we stand by all of our products, in the same way that grandfather Charles used to do, with a 12-month guarantee on manufacturing.

We do this for a couple of reasons – because it’s what Charles would expect of us in honouring his commitment to quality products and customer service, but also because we’re completely confident that you’re going to love, love, love your order from us … and because we’re confident it will actually last years longer than you love it!

It’s important for you to know that because we also always use the same dye lots we tend to have offcuts of all shapes and sizes and this means that if you end up with a nasty stain, or if the dog chews a section, we’ll replace the damaged panel free of charge for the life time of your seat covers.

So what are you waiting for? Stylish car seat covers tailored made to your vehicle and your choice, are just a click away … you can view our range here. If you have any questions, contact us.