How to Measure Fitted Floor Mats in Your Car
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Car floor mats can be ordered based on the make, model, and year of your car. The manufacturer makes them according to the factory specifications, so they will fit just like the original floor mats.
Unfortunately, those types of car mats can be a bit pricey. Save yourself a little money by measuring the fitted floor mats yourself and ordering less expensive mats to rest your feet on.
Whether you’re replacing mats because of stains, odor, or just to spruce up your car, insurance broker Jerry‘s provided two easy ways to measure.
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Method 1: Measure the old mats
To measure the old floor mats, first remove them from the car. Lay them out flat on the garage floor or driveway.
Use the tape measure to measure the width and length of the floor mats. Measure both front mats separately. Most of the time, they will be the same, but you should measure both to be sure.
Both rear seat floor mat measurements should be the same. The middle seat mats should also both have the same measurements if your car has a middle row of seats.
Make sure to write the measurements down to keep a record of the measurements.
Method 2: Measure the floor space in the car
Remove the old floor mats from the car so you can measure the floor space itself.
Measure the floor space width from base of the center pillar to the base of where the floor rises to meet the door sill. If the vehicle has a flat floor, measure right up to the inner edge of the door sill.
If you are buying a one-piece floor mat that covers the floor width from door to door, measure right up to the inner edge of the door sill on each side.
Measure the floor space length in front of the driver’s seat. Measure from a few inches beyond the accelerator and brake pedal to the front edge of the seat.
Measure the floor space length on the passenger side. Measure from a few inches up the front of the floor well to the front edge of the seat. Most car floor measurements are the same on the driver’s side and passenger’s side.
Measure the rear seat floor length. The rear mats are often designed to simply cover the small area where a passenger’s feet will naturally rest. If you want slightly larger rear floor mats, measure from just below the back edge of the front seat to the front edge of the passenger seat.
Measure the rear seat floor width in the same way that you measured the front seat floor width.
Measure the cargo space for cargo floor mats. Measure the length from the back of the rear seat to the inner edge of the door sill. Measure the width from edge to edge.
Do not install your new floor mats on top of your old floor mats. The stacked mats could bunch up under the pedals or your passenger’s feet.
Trimmable floor mats are readily available and allow for perfect customization. If you do decide to buy trimmable mats, use your measurements to order the mats, then trim them down only a little at a time until you get the fit just right.
You can lay the old mats over the trimmable mats and trim around the edge. You can also put the mats in place in the car on the carpet and measure how much you need to trim off in order for them to fit perfectly.
Do I need floor mats in my car?
There’s no law requiring you to have floor mats, but there’s no good reason not to have them. Floor mats will keep your car floor much cleaner, and they’re less expensive to replace than car carpet.
How much are car mats?
Depending on the quality, size, and brand you want to get, car mats can range anywhere from $30 to $200.
What do I do with old car floor mats?
Floor mats aren’t very biodegradable, so you shouldn’t throw them in the trash. Instead, recycle them, resell them, or donate them to animal shelters (which use them for animal flooring).
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