If you've got a coupe or sedan, when was the last time you actually looked at your vehicle's interior "rear deck"? This is the horizontal shelf that sits between the rear window and the edge of the rear seat back cushion. This area may also be described as a hat shelf or package tray, and it's usually covered at the factory in carpeting or other material that's closely knit and low in height. This covering is discreet enough to blend into surrounding areas of the interior and, in most cases, no one gives it a thought.
Upon closer examination of your own vehicle's rear deck, you may be surprised to notice some fading or sun bleaching of the covering material. It's probably more than you would expect, and certainly more than you've noticed. Unfortunately, if your vehicle spends time outside, this area is going to be subject to some sun exposure.
The greatest factor that determines how much light falls upon your rear deck is one you can't change - the angle of your rear window. Where older squared-off car designs featured rooflines with sharp vertical drops at the rear, the aerodynamic designs of today's vehicles dictate that rear windows have a more horizontal slope.
As a result, your rear shelf is exposed for a longer period of time as the sun angles its way across the sky. Adding to the sun exposure factor is the fact that automakers typically apply less "factory tint" on the rear window in order to enhance rearview visibility and safety.
And if you live in a high-heat climate that gets lots of direct sun for the majority of the year, effects of harsh UV rays are intensified. That black rear deck carpeting that once matched your seats and interior may now have turned a shade of faded-looking purple. And while color loss looks bad, it's not the biggest problem with sun damage. The carpeting fiber itself becomes brittle and damaged, and loses the ability to hold dye. This means spotty results should you attempt to re-color the faded carpeting.
To provide some much-needed relief for this ignored area of your vehicle, we offer overlay pieces that are designed to cover your rear deck area. They'll look great whether you fit them on top of your existing material, or in place of it.
Rear deck covers are grouped together with front dashboard covers in our Dash Covers & Rear Deck Covers section, because both are made by the same manufacturers and feature the same colors, patterns, materials, and optional embroidery choices. In essence, these front and rear pieces are a continuation of one another in function as well as form, and they both provide the same benefits - whether it's restoring the look an older vehicle, or preventing fade-out in a newer one. They also tie in visually with the numerous custom seat covers we offer.
Here, we'll examine a handful of rear deck covers we have for you to choose from. All of them are vehicle-specific, meaning they're tailor-fit to the shapes, contours, and cut-outs of your make and model's rear shelf. After easy installation with included Velcro strips, they will sit snugly in place the way OEM equipment does - without wrinkles, gaps, or excess material cheapening overall appearances.
If you prefer carpeting, you'll like the Coverking Polycarpet Custom Rear Deck Cover. It's made of high-quality polyester, and is available in almost a dozen solid colors to fit a wide selection of domestic and import cars dating back to the 1960s. Depending on the arrangement of your vehicle's shelf, our Product Options field may prompt you for details such as whether there's a third brake light or optional speakers in place. If there are, the deck cover you receive will come with all necessary cut-outs to ensure proper fit. You're also able to select your own custom embroidered message of up to 15 characters in block letters or script. And for select vehicles, you can choose embroidered logos featuring the name and/or icon of your automaker or car model name.
We've also got velour deck covers by Coverking as well, with the same embroidery options as the carpeted version. Choose the Velour Custom Rear Deck Cover for solid colors, or the Designer Velour Custom Rear Deck Cover for a selection of patterns that range from leopard print, Hawaiian floral, fire flames, zebra stripes, and more. Again, should you wish to match any patterns you see here with covers for your front dash, you'll find these same choices in the dash covers section.
The DashMat brand Soft Foss Fibre Carpet Custom Rear Deck Cover is available in a wide selection of solid colors. The Soft Foss material, unique to this product, is eco-friendly, as it is made of recycled plastic bottles. So you can protect your vehicle's rear deck AND help the environment!
You will be pleasantly surprised at how affordable these covers are. If you are really into interior protection, you owe it to your vehicle to provide that protection with a dash cover, seat covers, floor mats, and don't forget to include the rear deck / hat shelf / package tray!