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Center armrests in the car for more comfort on long journeys


Center armrests are rarely included in the standard equipment of a vehicle. If they are, they are mainly armrests instead of proper center armrests. However, these armrests are rarely at the right height and offer little comfort. The situation is different with retrofitted center armrests. These have other useful features in addition to the support function. For this reason, frequent drivers and long-distance drivers in particular want to retrofit an armrest. What to look out for when buying and installing armrests, what the differences are in center armrests and whether universal center armrests are worthwhile, you will learn in the lower part of the page.

What are the differences in armrests for the car?
What to consider when buying armrests and are universal center armrests worth it?
Can center armrests be installed yourself?

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Rati ARMSTER 2 - SCHWARZ Armlehne Mittelarmlehne FIAT 500 / C 312_ ab 06.2016

Item No.: A08301W609
Manufacturer: RATI
part number: V01273
EAN-Code: 5998167712735
Baugruppe: Innenausstattung
Farbe: schwarz
Laenge_cm: 33
Verwendung: Arm
Ausstattungsvariante: Armster 2
Breite_cm: 11,5
Mengeneinheit: Stück
78,95 EUR

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Rati ARMSTER 2 - SILBER Armlehne Mittelarmlehne PEUGEOT 207 / CC / SW

Item No.: A27301W606
Manufacturer: RATI
part number: V01118
EAN-Code: 5998167711189
Baugruppe: Innenausstattung
Farbe: silber
Laenge_cm: 33
Verwendung: Arm
Ausstattungsvariante: Armster 2
Breite_cm: 11,5
Mengeneinheit: Stück
86,95 EUR

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Rati ARMSTER 2 - SCHWARZ Armlehne Mittelarmlehne RENAULT Clio 4 ab 01.2013

Item No.: A28301W602
Manufacturer: RATI
part number: V01208
EAN-Code: 5998167712087
Baugruppe: Innenausstattung
Farbe: schwarz
Laenge_cm: 33
Verwendung: Arm
Ausstattungsvariante: Armster 2
Breite_cm: 11,5
Mengeneinheit: Stück
84,95 EUR

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Rati ARMSTER S - SCHWARZ Armlehne Mittelarmlehne SMART ForTwo 451

Item No.: A13301W601
Manufacturer: RATI
part number: V00760
Baugruppe: Innenausstattung
Laenge_cm: 31
Verwendung: Arm
Ausstattungsvariante: Armster S
Breite_cm: 10
Mengeneinheit: Stück
68,95 EUR

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Rati ARMSTER S - SCHWARZ Armlehne Mittelarmlehne SEAT Leon KL1 Leon Sportstourer KL8

Item No.: A30301W609
Manufacturer: RATI
part number: V01402
Baugruppe: Innenausstattung
Farbe: schwarz
Laenge_cm: 31
Verwendung: Arm
Ausstattungsvariante: Armster S
Breite_cm: 10
Mengeneinheit: Stück
61,95 EUR

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ARMSTER 2 - PREMIUM - SILBER Armlehne Mittelarmlehne OPEL Astra K ab 06.2015

Item No.: A16301W629
Manufacturer: RATI
part number: V00882
92,95 EUR

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Rati ARMSTER 2 - SCHWARZ Armlehne Mittelarmlehne OPEL Karl C16

Item No.: A16301W641
Manufacturer: RATI
part number: V00925
Baugruppe: Innenausstattung
Laenge_cm: 33
Verwendung: Arm
Ausstattungsvariante: Armster 2
Breite_cm: 11,5
Mengeneinheit: Stück
66,95 EUR

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Rati ARMSTER 2 - SCHWARZ Armlehne Mittelarmlehne RENAULT Zoe BFM_ bis 01.2019

Item No.: A28301W613
Manufacturer: RATI
part number: V01324
EAN-Code: 5998167713244
Baugruppe: Innenausstattung
Farbe: schwarz
Laenge_cm: 33
Verwendung: Arm
Ausstattungsvariante: Armster 2
Breite_cm: 11,5
Mengeneinheit: Stück
86,95 EUR

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Rati ARMSTER 2 - SCHWARZ Armlehne Mittelarmlehne HYUNDAI i30 i30N PDE PD

Item No.: A40301W610
Manufacturer: RATI
part number: V01334
EAN-Code: 5998167713343
Baugruppe: Innenausstattung
Farbe: schwarz
Laenge_cm: 33
Verwendung: Arm
Ausstattungsvariante: Armster 2
Breite_cm: 11,5
Mengeneinheit: Stück
76,95 EUR

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Rati ARMSTER OE1 - SCHWARZ Armlehne Mittelarmlehne FORD EcoSport

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Item No.: A06301W620
Manufacturer: RATI
part number: V01084
Baugruppe: Innenausstattung
Laenge_cm: 31,5
Verwendung: Arm
Ausstattungsvariante: Armster OE1
Breite_cm: 12
Mengeneinheit: Stück
76,95 EUR

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Rati ARMSTER S - SCHWARZ Armlehne Mittelarmlehne VW Caddy 5 SBB SBJ SBA SBH

Item No.: A18301W611
Manufacturer: RATI
part number: V01492
Baugruppe: Innenausstattung
Farbe: schwarz
Laenge_cm: 31
Verwendung: Arm
Ausstattungsvariante: Armster S
Breite_cm: 10
Mengeneinheit: Stück
55,95 EUR

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Rati ARMSTER S - SCHWARZ Armlehne Mittelarmlehne OPEL Adam M13

Item No.: A16301W627
Manufacturer: RATI
part number: V00574
Baugruppe: Innenausstattung
Laenge_cm: 31
Verwendung: Arm
Ausstattungsvariante: Armster S
Breite_cm: 10
Mengeneinheit: Stück
48,95 EUR

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What are the differences in armrests for the car?

When retrofitting armrests with us can be distinguished from two types of installation:

Install on the center console behind the handbrake

Armster S middle armrest

Advantages of center armrests, which are placed in the center console:

  • Can withstand loads up to 80 kg
  • Easy to assemble
  • Have a large storage compartment
  • Can still be folded up completely so they don't get in the way in city traffic
  • There are some also with cigarette lighter, coin and pen holder
  • Are height adjustable depending on the equipment variant

The only drawback of the armrest in the center console is the lack of a cup holder, if there is one.
Examples of center armrests in the center console are Armster S and Armster 2 armrests.

Installation on the side of the driver's seat

Armster OE1 middle armrest

Advantages with a center armrest attached to the seat are:

  • Are loadable up to 50 Kg
  • Can be continuously adjusted in height
  • Replace the standard elbow rest from the vehicle manufacturer
  • Have a storage compartment
  • Commonly include a coin and pen holder
  • Can sometimes also be purchased with a USB charging station
  • Can be folded up completely

Unlike the center armrests on the center console, these are less resilient and have a smaller storage compartment.
An example of center armrests on the driver's seat is the Armster OE1 armrest.

What to consider when buying armrests?

Who wants to retrofit an armrest, basically has the choice of the two variants mentioned above. In addition, when buying armrests is still to note that the center armrests are usually not universal center armrests, but they are specifically tailored to the vehicles. Therefore, it is important before buying armrests to pay attention to the specification of the appropriate vehicles. With us, the easiest way to do this is to select the desired vehicle in advance. Then only matching articles are displayed.

With us you will find mainly Armster armrests of the manufacturer Rati. These center armrests are made of high quality materials and are visually very appealing. They offer various equipment options and are adapted to each vehicle. Rati is based on the position of the gearshift, steering wheel and seat. Thus, the appropriate height can be determined, with which the center armrests offer the best comfort. In addition, the Armster 2 and Armster OE1 series are height-adjustable, so that really every driver can individually set the height that suits him. In addition, the design takes into account the existing center consoles, so that the Armster armrests can be precisely fitted into any car for a perfect fit. Universal center armrests, on the other hand, are standardized to fit multiple cars. Therefore, we purposely do not offer universal center armrests for armrest retrofitting, as they do not provide nearly the comparable fit and comfort as center armrests tailored to the specific vehicle.

The biggest advantage offered by us center armrests in their price. They are significantly cheaper than the original armrests of car manufacturers, sometimes even more than 50%. Thus, they convince when buying armrests with an unbeatable price-performance ratio.

Can center armrests be installed yourself?

Retrofitting armrests is very simple for most center armrests, even without a workshop. Above all, the armrests for the center console are easy to install. A little trickier is the installation on the driver's seat, because here, if necessary, the already existing elbow support must be removed beforehand. However, no workshop is necessary here either and the installation can be done with simple tools.
An armrest retrofit is worthwhile for all who like to drive a lot, appreciate high comfort and besides the arm support also like to use the center armrest as a storage compartment. With our range of armrests for the car, everyone can save a lot of money in addition. If there are still questions about buying armrests, or you are unsure which center armrest fits your car, please feel free to contact our customer service with your chassis number.