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Everything About Golf Cart Seats and Golf Cart Rear Seats

Everything about Golf Cart Seats and Golf Cart Rear Seats!

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Adding a golf cart rear seat kit or a set of custom golf cart seat cushions to your cart are two of the most popular things our customers do! So let’s take a look at everything there is to know about golf cart rear seats and golf cart seat covers, so you can make the best decision on when purchasing either for your golf cart!

Most golf carts come from the factory with a 2-passenger front seat which is a “bench-style” design that comes in basic colors such as tan, white, stone or black. Because golf carts are used for golfing, they feature a bagwell storage area located behind the front seats. This area typically has space to strap in two full-size golf bags during your round of play, and has a small storage basket directly behind the front seats (to carry personal items).

But we here at the Golf Cart Tire Supply (and you, our amazing customers) know that golf carts are much more versatile than just being used for a round of golf! And when a golf cart finishes its life on the local golf course, it typically begins a much more exciting second life in the real world! Golf carts are used at lake houses, race tracks, around neighborhoods, at concert venues and for any other use you can dream up for them! And when golf carts are used for these activities outside of golf, owners typically want to replace their rear bagwell space with additional seating; so they can carry more passengers (or cargo). And many golf cart owners want to give these new seats a bit of style as well!

Because of this, it will come as no surprise that golf cart rear seat kits and custom golf cart seats are one of the most popular golf cart accessories purchased on the market. We sell more golf cart back seats and front seats than anyone else on the internet, so allow us teach you everything you could ever want to know about golf cart seats, seat cushions and rear seats!

When it comes to choosing a golf cart rear seat kit, custom front seats, replacement seats, or any type of golf cart seat covers (both front and rear) for your golf cart, there are a few things to consider up front:

  • Are you looking to carry extra passengers and/or haul cargo with your cart?
  • Are you looking to maintain the factory look and color of your golf cart seats (both front and rear)? 
  • Are you simply looking to replace your old damaged factory front seat cushions (the foam padding part under the cover) or OEM factory colored seat covers (the colored vinyl piece of your seat that covers the foam)? Or would you like custom patterns / colors on your seats or totally custom contoured and colored seat cushions for your cart, to spice things up?

If you don’t know the answer to any of these yet, or you are still trying to decide which direction to go with your golf cart seat setup… you’re in the right place. And you have many options; from mild, to wild! Below we discuss some common things to think about before you upgrade your golf cart seats or add a golf cart rear seat kit to your cart.

Golf Cart Rear Seats

Following only golf cart wheels and tires, the most popular golf cart accessory sold on the market is the golf cart rear seat kit / flip seats. A golf cart rear seat replaces the bagwells on the back of your cart with a rear-facing golf cart seat, nearly identical to the one on the front of your golf cart. This new rear seat allows your cart to carry up to four passengers (five, or six if they are young kids)!

The kit will also allow you to carry cargo, because almost all modern golf cart rear seats have a “folding” function, allowing them to fold down into a useful cargo bed (for when you’re not carrying extra passengers):

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Once the cargo bed is folded up (retracted), you have a perfect rear seating place for your passengers!

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In addition to a folding / cargo function, your rear seat kit will likely include (or offer as an additional purchase option) a few other very helpful items:

  1. Golf Cart Rear Seat Armrest cushions / cupholders:
    These rear seat golf cart armrest cup holders are one of the most popular add on items our customers buy for their carts. They offer padded protection and comfort for your elbows and give your family and friends a place to put their refreshments (or a spot for the grandkids to place their drinks while riding).

  2. Golf Cart Grab Bar (Rear Safety Grab Bar):
    A golf cart grab bar is also known as a “rear safety bar”. This bar gives your rear-facing passengers something to hold onto while riding on the back of your cart – since gravity is working against them each time you accelerate! Some golf cart rear seats (like many the ones we sell on our site) include this golf cart grab bar / rear safety grab bar, while others charge extra for it. Either way, we highly recommend adding a rear grab bar to your cart for rider safety.

One of the great things about purchasing a rear seat kit is that most kits are color-matched to your factory front seats, so your cart looks uniform and professionally done (like it came that way from the factory). If you look at all of the images above you can see how the black vinyl seat covers included with the aftermarket rear seat kit on the Yamaha Drive in the pictures perfectly match the front black seat covers on the cart!

But some of our customers want more than just a factory color matching rear seat kit – they want something a bit more custom! So let’s walk through all of the custom possibilities out there when it comes to both front and rear custom golf cart seats.

Custom Golf Cart Seats

Following rear seat kits, the next most popular thing our customers search for when it comes to seats for their cart (and especially when wanting to spice things up), are custom golf cart seat cushions and golf cart seat covers. We carry custom front and rear seats (cushions) and seat covers that can give your cart a totally custom look (on any budget). We also carry factory replacement seat covers and seat cushions. The difference between a golf cart seat cover and a seat cushion is that the cover is just the vinyl (colored) material that covers the seat foam. A cushion is the actual seat foam itself, which gives the seat its shape and comfort:

Custom Seat Covers – The Budget Friendly Custom Option

Custom staple-over golf cart seat covers reuse your existing seat cushions (as long as your cushion foam is in good condition) for an affordable and easy way to give your cart a semi-custom look! Seat covers come in many unique colors and patterns, and staple directly over your seat factory seat cushions. While custom seat covers won’t change the shape (or comfort) of your factory seats, their bright/fresh material will give new life to your old golf cart seats! Many customers go this route to get the most bang for their buck on their cart when going for a custom appearance.

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Totally Custom Seat Cushions and Covers

If you want to get a full custom look, and truly upgrade the comfort of your golf cart seats with wider bolsters, taller seat-backs and high-quality cover materials – you will want to go the route of custom seat cushions with covers.

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Custom seat cushions are typically designed to give a sporty or classy custom look to your cart, while providing additional comfort when compared to factory seats. These seat covers come in a wide variety of cushion shapes and thicknesses as well as material types ranging from vinyl to full high-quality Italian leather.

Custom seat cushions are more affordable than you might think, but depending on the seat cover materials you desire for your cart, the price can quickly move upwards!

Factory Replacement Seat Covers (Make Your Basic Seats Fresh Again)

If your seat covers have faded or begun peeling due to age and wear-and-tear… ordering new factory covers can be the fastest (and cheapest) way to breathe new life into your golf cart! As long as your seat cushion foam is in good shape; you can just simply replace your seat covers with a new factory colored set and get a totally refreshed look on your cart!

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Factory Replacement Seat Cushions

If the factory foam on your cart seats is torn, shredded, or otherwise in terrible shape – it is time to replace it! It's imperative that you have seat foam that is in good condition in order for your seat covers to fit right / look right, and in order for your rider comfort to be at the highest level.

Now Make Your Golf Cart Seat Setup Selection!

If you’re looking to upgrade the seating situation on your cart, you have some choices to make! But once you have an idea of what you’d like for your cart, it’s time to start browsing. Just click one of the categories below to get started:

  1. Golf Cart Rear Flip Seat kits
  2. Replacement Golf Cart Seat Covers
  3. Replacement Golf Cart Seat Cushions
  4. Custom Golf Cart Seats / Seat Cushions
  5. Custom Golf Cart Seats Covers

Because golf carts are used at low speeds and off-road (at the golf course) their seats do not typically feature seat belts. They also do not feature arm-rests.


Written by: Alex Sturwold of the Golf Cart Expert Team

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