Reupholstering A Tractor Seat

Tractors are an important piece of equipment that are used on farms. Many people will leave them outside – which will cause damage to the seat. Over use and harsh weather conditions will cause the cushion to fade and become increasingly uncomfortable. When this happens you have two options. You can either replace the whole seat or you can reupholster it.

What You Need

  • Screwdriver
  • High density foam (2 inches thick)
  • Vinyl cloth seat cover
  • Drill with a wire wheel
  • Electric knife
  • Felt tip pen
  • Spray glue for upholstery


  • Remove the seat from the tractor using your screwdriver. The screws are located on the bottom of the seat.
  • Remove the vinyl cover and the foam inside of the steel frame. Get rid of everything but the plastic edge. Do your best to remove everything from around the steel frame without causing any damage.
  • Use the drill with the wire wheel to remove dust and dirt from off the steel frame. When you are done go over it with a damp cloth.
  • Use an electric knife to cut out the foam into the shape of the seat. To do this place the foam onto the steel frame and cut around it. This will help to make everything more accurate. You could also use the felt pen to draw an outline onto the foam.
  • Spray upholstery adhesive onto the steel frame and the bottom of the foam. Allow it to dry for at least three minutes. This will give you enough time to move the foam around onto the seat without it sticking immediately.
  • Lay down the foam onto the frame and press down on it firmly. Allow it to dry for fifteen minutes. When it is dry use your hot wire tool to trim any parts of the foam.
  • Spray more of the adhesive onto the foam and inside the vinyl fabric. Lay the vinyl cover onto the foam starting at the seated area. Work your way slowly to the top portion of the seat and than to the sides. Tighten it all to make sure there are no wrinkles. Now slide the plastic edge cover inside of the metal grooves to keep the edges of the vinyl in place.