When it comes to designing your perfect narrowboat, there are a few very important things to consider when it comes to outlining what you think your narrowboat should look like. Here at Lakeland Leisure Boat Sales we’re experts in all things narrowboats and therefore believe we have a keen eye for what makes a perfect narrowboat design.
We love the idea of a huge project, purchasing a used narrowboat and doing it up from scratch is something of an idyllic dream for many people and can offer you great rewards when the project is complete. Do remember though that this sort of DIY project is one that tends to come with great cost - that’s our first tip. Have a budget in mind and stick to it.
Think of it this way, you wouldn’t fit a new kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom and a living area in your home without having a serious budget behind you, would you? Consider costs for materials, labour costs, installation costs and then always add on a little more, for when things don’t go as planned, as often, they don’t!
Be sure to use the correct sort of materials for the job, you need to stick to using materials that are fireproof and of course, light. The heavier you make your boat, the more your new designs could impact performance, which could in turn leave you with a hefty bill if major components in the engine start to break down.
Do use bright colours to help emphasise the space. The clue is in the name with ‘narrowboats’ often they are very narrow and therefore the space inside needs to be used wisely. It’s no secret that bright colours help to alter the light to give off an impression of spaciousness. Good windows, lots of natural light and well placed surfaces will ensure your narrowboat is as spacious as possible, ensuring your interior design efforts aren’t in vain.
When it comes to space, using creative storage solutions is also a very good idea. Ottoman type storage units, sofa beds, high cupboards and even smart shelves can really help you to make the most of the limited space available in these vessels.