Kick mats for the rear seat

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Has anybody with kids, dogs, etc. installed kick mats on the back of the front seats of their Model 3? If so, can you let me know which ones, and how you like them?

For those who don't know, these are covers that usually hook to the headrest and base of the seat, to protect the back of the front seats from kicking feet. For example.

I see this question has been asked on some other forums, but there weren't many replies.
 

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Has anybody with kids, dogs, etc. installed kick mats on the back of the front seats of their Model 3? If so, can you let me know which ones, and how you like them?

For those who don't know, these are covers that usually hook to the headrest and base of the seat, to protect the back of the front seats from kicking feet. For example.

I see this question has been asked on some other forums, but there weren't many replies.
in the market for these myself. i asked the shop that is doing my PPF if he thought the back plastic part could be wrapped and he said probably not. The texture of the plastic is too great and you would probably need to use a lot of adhesion promoter. So sadly the ugly kick mats are my only option. Seen plenty on amazon just not sure which one would fit best...
 

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I ended up buying this one, except a single pack, for $9, because it was on the shelf locally. It's just a piece of synthetic woven fabric with a wire around the edge so it holds its shape. There's a buckle strap on top and two elastic hooks on the bottom. The strap goes around the headrest easily enough, but there isn't much to attach the hooks to on the bottom.

Really, as long as it stays in place, it's probably good enough. It hasn't been kid tested yet. I'll post back after we take some longer rides in the next few days.
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After a few days of use, the kick mat isn't great, but I don't see any others that will do better. The big problem is that my kid likes to put her feet under it from around the side, or put her feet up on the headrest. This is particularly bad when she's wearing her shitkickers. Other than a full seat cover, I don't know what will help. She's almost too big for the car seat, and I think most of the problem will go away when we switch to a booster seat.
 

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I'm in the market as well. Still pre-delivery so i have a bit of time. Keeping an eye on this for anyone's recommendations!
 

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After a few days of use, the kick mat isn't great, but I don't see any others that will do better. The big problem is that my kid likes to put her feet under it from around the side, or put her feet up on the headrest. This is particularly bad when she's wearing her shitkickers. Other than a full seat cover, I don't know what will help. She's almost too big for the car seat, and I think most of the problem will go away when we switch to a booster seat.
Maybe this is asking too much, but would it not be a good time to teach that shoes do not go on seatbacks? Would be appreciated by all adults sitting in front of said kid on flights, in theaters, in stadiums, etc.
 

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Maybe this is asking too much, but would it not be a good time to teach that shoes do not go on seatbacks? Would be appreciated by all adults sitting in front of said kid on flights, in theaters, in stadiums, etc.
Heh, kids don't work like that. I can put an MP3 on continuous repeat of me saying to keep your feet off the seat back, and it won't make a bit of difference. My kid has even lost shoe privileges before because she won't stop kicking, and that doesn't fix the problem, but at least bare feet can't do much damage. "In my day, kids learned not to behave like that" is a bit of selective memory. Kids have always been jerks.

Anyway, the main problem is that with a front facing car seat, the kid's legs are forward and up, so there isn't much place for feet to go except on the seat back. Once she's big enough to move to a booster seat, then she'll be sitting much further back in the seat, and her feet probably won't reach the front seat at all.
 

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Heh, kids don't work like that. I can put an MP3 on continuous repeat of me saying to keep your feet off the seat back, and it won't make a bit of difference. My kid has even lost shoe privileges before because she won't stop kicking, and that doesn't fix the problem, but at least bare feet can't do much damage. "In my day, kids learned not to behave like that" is a bit of selective memory. Kids have always been jerks.

Anyway, the main problem is that with a front facing car seat, the kid's legs are forward and up, so there isn't much place for feet to go except on the seat back. Once she's big enough to move to a booster seat, then she'll be sitting much further back in the seat, and her feet probably won't reach the front seat at all.
This is us. Kid is 6 and big enough for booster seat. Mom puts her seat up foward slightly more so kid's shoes dont reach as much but she still kicks the back. Doesn't put her feet on the headrest or by mom's head but you can tell a kid sat back there with the prints of the shoes on the back. May try for some kick mats from Amazon
 

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I installed these for my model 3, they look very nice and work quite well

I think I will try these as well. Did you find the XL sizing too big for the M3 seats? I don't want it to be too large where there is extra fabric hanging over the sides of the seats. Can you post a pic of these on your seats? Thanks!
 

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Does it strap around the seat?

and how do you like the car seat protector? Looks like the one I just ordered on Amazon for $16!
 
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Does it strap around the seat?

and how do you like the car seat protector? Looks like the one I just ordered on Amazon for $16!
Yes it has strap around the seat. I hung it upside down so that it looks more pretty :). The car seat protector is from Bed Bath and Beyond and it's very functional and good quality one. It has additional storage in the front for toys. I have the same one for my other car and it's very sturdy and very functional. The product names are Diono™ Super Mat and Prince Lionheart® Back Seat Kick Mat.
 

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I think I will try these as well. Did you find the XL sizing too big for the M3 seats? I don't want it to be too large where there is extra fabric hanging over the sides of the seats. Can you post a pic of these on your seats? Thanks!
I looked at those but where do the buckles line up at? Are they on the side of the seat? I ordered a different type () adn the buvkles lined up in the front so your body presses up agaisnt them at times. Bot comfortable at all.
 

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I looked at those but where do the buckles line up at? Are they on the side of the seat? I ordered a different type () adn the buvkles lined up in the front so your body presses up agaisnt them at times. Bot comfortable at all.
I ended up getting these from Amazon:


It fits the M3 seat perfectly. The buckle is tucked under the lumbar portion of the seat so you don't see or feel the buckle on your back. Has worked great. No complaints