Some of the new car models in the market today already have headrest monitors for backseat entertainment. If your car doesn’t have such additions yet, consider installing them yourself. It will save you from paying installation fees from car shops, it will add to the market value of your car if you want to sell it in the future, and it will provide your family and your friends with entertainment while riding in the backseat of your car.
Step 1: Choose the Appropriate Headrest Monitor
There are several brands of headrest monitors that you can find in an electronics shop. What you need to keep in mind is the size and shape of the monitor. Headrest monitors generally come in rectangular shape, but in varying sizes. Consider the dimensions of your headrest in choosing the size of your monitor. Anything larger than a 7-inch monitor might cause you difficulties come installation time.
Step 2: Mark the Headrest
It is easier to install a headrest monitor if you remove the headrest from the car seat first. Also, this will help you measure the shroud, or the metal frame that holds the monitor in the headrest in place. After measuring the interior outline of the headrest shroud, mark the headrest with its measurements. You will end up with a rectangular pencil drawing on the headrest itself.
Step 3: Make the Cuts
Cut in to the headrest from about 1/2 inch from the one corner of the rectangular mark to 1/2 inch from the opposite corner of the rectangle. Do this for the both sides. You will end up an “X” cut that meets in the middle of the rectangle. Pull the headrest cover back and tape it and expose the inner material of the headrest cover. Make the necessary cuts that will securely fit the shroud in to the headrest.
Step 4: Secure the Shroud in the Headrest
Fit the monitor shroud in to the headrest while removing as little foam material as possible. When the shroud fits tightly in to the foam even without adhesives, it means that you have cut just right.
Step 5: Seal the Headrest
After checking if the shroud fits well, take off the tape from the flaps and fold the flaps into the hole in the headrest. Put a little contact cement on the flaps and glue the flaps to the foam, then put some adhesive on the rear of the shroud and place it into the headrest. Allow the contact cement to dry thoroughly according to the manufacturer’s directions.
Step 6: Connect the Cables
Run the monitor’s wires through the headrest bars if the bars are hollow or along the bar sides and down the cover at the back of the seat to the video inputs. Connect the cables to the monitor as per the instructions of the manufacturer.
These 6 easy steps will help you install a headrest monitor to your car and will add a great value of entertainment that can make every family trip enjoyable and fun.