No matter how much you might try, your boat won’t look and
feel like it’s “yours” without the right interior upholstery. And while a nice
coat of paint might make a boat look good on the outside, it’s the upholstery
that you’ll spend your time with. You might as well get it right! That’s why
we’ve put together a list of seven unique boat interior upholstery ideas to liven
up your boating experience!
Idea #1: The Vintage
“Vintage” boat upholstery is great for casual speed boats
and fishing boats and often includes plenty of vinyl. A vintage look is great
because you can use just about any color you like, including bold primary
colors or pastels. You can also have fun with a vintage-style steering wheel
that completely changes how it feels to steer.
Idea #2: The Ski-Boat
A more “athletic,” and water-proof look, the “Ski-Boat”
style means using practical upholstery that’s highly resistant to water, which
means it serves a practical purpose as well as an aesthetic one. Here you can
incorporate stripes, athletic logos, and keep things sleek and modern.
Idea #3: Laid-Back
This is ideal for pontoon boats, especially since the
aesthetic and functionality of the upholstery will so closely match the type of
experience you can get from a pontoon. Laid-back upholstery should include wide
seating and even practicality—for example, having cupholders ingrained into the
upholstery itself will promote a smooth look that’s great for relaxing while
out on the lake.
Idea #4: The
Your boat’s hull is something you need to take into account
when redoing the upholstery. Why? Because if you hit the water in a largely
green boat and you redo your upholstery in a clashing color, you should be
aware of the overall effect it will have on its aesthetic. But you can also
choose upholstery colors that deliberately contrast with the outer portion. Try
using complementing colors like blue and red, or blue and orange. These can
combine for a sporty look that upgrades the entire appearance of your boat—not
just the inside.
Idea #5: Subtle &
Many people opt for big, bold colors in their upholstery
when they redo their boats. The problem with this approach is that it can
sometimes feel like committing to a particular look. A subtle and modern
approach might not be as flashy, but a more minimalistic look (including
subdued colors and solid patterns) will tend to hold up better over time.
Idea #6: Sleek &
“Subtle” not doing it for you? You can up the style factor
by including some sleek designs with the upholstery including color contrasting
and sharp features including stripes. A sleek and modern look can be a lot of
fun especially for speed boats, where the style echoes what the boat itself is
Idea #7: A Mix!
Hear something you like from one style, but want to
incorporate it with another? With boating upholstery, there’s no reason you
can’t mix the two. Don’t be afraid to try different things to give your boat
interior the best possible look and function it can have.
And don’t forget to take care of your upholstery once it’s
in place! A simple investment in VinyLIFE
will help you protect boat vinyl and clean it off with a few effortless sprays,
helping to keep your favorite style looking its best for years to come.