Boat seats are often very expensive and it is not so easy to find them cheap. I spent a lot of time surfing the internet to find seats for my last boat building project. I am a big DIY fan and there is quite a lot of things that I already built for my boats.
I started looking for an online tutorial on building a custom boat seat but had no luck finding it so I decide that I will try to build seats for my boat on my own. I had drawn a few sketches of how I wanted my seats to look like and started to calculate the amounts of materials needed for the job.
I planned everything very well so at the and I came up with this great tutorial with all the answers provided for those of you who would like to build you custom boat seats. Not only you can save a lot of money by doing this yourself but you will find out that the same skills are used to make yourself new kitchen or bar chairs.
I used some marine graded plywood to build a frame for my seat and additionally protected it with some marine paint and this presented a basic construction for my seat. I bolted an aluminum rod to the bottom side of the seat that is later used as the seat’s leg. I then bought some artificial leather and cut out a shape of my frame and an additional 8 cm wide tape.
I then used a normal sewing machine and some polyester thread to sewn the top seat cover. Between the plywood frame and the seat cover I put a 5cm green seating foam. I then used a stapler to attach the foam to the seat frame with stainless steel staples an also to attach the final top seat cover to the frame.
To give my product a final touch I stapled black artificial leather cover to the back of the seat frame to hide the painted plywood.
I took my about two days to make two custom boat seats for my new boat I was rebuilding at the time and they came out very nice.
by Leon Panjtar