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Glamour on the High Seas: Decorating Your Floating Home

Updated: Aug 22, 2022

It’s easy to start feeling like your boat is home. Whether you have it parked in a marina on the sea or in front of your dock on the lake, the opportunity to get out on the water and enjoy your family, friends and sports ultimately leads to many days and nights aboard your very own vessel.

With that in mind, there’s no reason not to decorate it in a way that feels like home. But we all know, the space on a boat is often small, dark and awkwardly shaped, making decorating feel like a chore. To help you out, we’ve come up with some stylish, design-savvy tips to help you transform your boat into your second home. Now you’re really never going to want to leave.

Glass light sconces

With typically small windows, the interior of boats can feel dark and cave-like. This means one of the most important elements to your design should be lighting. The right lighting can set the mood for a sophisticated space. Hidden under-cabinet LED fixtures or glass wall sconces have a modern appeal and ability to project the light across the room.

Light walls with accent colors

An all-white interior might be your first instinct to make the space feel larger. But, you can use a light color palette to make the space feel bigger, too. Think of neutrals or pastel colors which you can use to make the space feel bigger. And don’t be afraid of accent colors, too, whether they’re dark to ground the room or bright to add much needed pops of color. You can use a Color Wheel Tool to select complimenting light and accent colors to be sure they’ll play nicely together.

Go custom and creative

With smaller square footage and quirky corners, boats can be hard to decorate. Often, you’ll need to go custom to achieve a totally cohesive look, whether that’s with kitchen cabinets, bathroom shelves or a couch that looks great and fits. But, often the best room to go custom is the bedroom. Notoriously unique in size and shape, the bed and bedroom of boats can be tricky to work with. The best way to make this room feel like home is investing in a custom mattress. Not only does it ensure it’ll fit your limited space, but it will provide you with a custom mattress profile for optimum comfort. Build up with bunks? Hidden storage beneath? Narrow trundle bed to slide out for guest? We got you. Your boat mattresses can be custom made to any size specification whatsoever.

Fill your space

Because the space is typically smaller, you may be tempted to leave the walls bare. But, having a totally barren room can actually make it feel smaller than it is. Try adding a mirror to the wall to create the illusion it is bigger and to reflect light. Acrylic mirrors are durable, lightweight, and shatterproof for your custom boat needs. In the kitchen, add a couple herb plants to brighten up the space. Don’t forget about rugs, too, which can add a much needed color and texture. There are lots of washable and water-resistant options these days.


A great way to add dimension and depth to a space, especially a small one, is with pattern. You’ll want to choose something that doesn’t overwhelm the space, but rather draws your eye in, up or around a certain focal point. We love how the side of the kitchen was accented in neutral, geometric tiles here.

Invest in select luxury pieces

A boat is expensive, and renovating or decorating one can be, too. Luckily, you can achieve the look of a luxe boat by investing in select quality and luxury pieces. For example, spend extra on designer throw pillows or a piece of art that grounds the space and starts conversations. The small details matter, too, so invest in things like beautiful ceramic coffee mugs you’ll love sipping coffee out of and displaying on shelves. Details like beautiful soft bed linens can also elevate the space and your night’s sleep. No matter what size or shape your custom mattress is, the perfect high-quality sheets can be tailor-made, too.

You deserve a seriously comfy custom boat bed; there’s nothing like being rocked into a deep sleep on the water. Making your cabin a true Captain’s Quarters with Custom Mattress Factory is easy. V-berth mattresses, cut corners, hinged mattresses, radius corners – we can make a bespoke boat bed for any space, and we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. In fact, we also make custom-fit bed linens of 600-thread-count Egyptian cotton, as well as mattress protectors, for those angled corners or curved edges. Let us help you make your boat the home away from home you deserve with the best custom mattress on the high seas!

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