How to Make Boat Interior Curtains


Sometimes it’s the small details that help make a space feel like home. This is especially true if your home (full or part-time) is a boat. There generally isn’t a lot of room for personalization in a boat’s cabin where function comes first, but curtains are a great way to add a cozy feeling to your cabin while also being really practical. We’re going to show you how to sew and install beautiful, functional curtains for your boat’s cabin.

Adding curtains is a great way to enhance your privacy as well as to help keep out the heat. For these reasons, we recommend choosing a heavier fabric that has good UV resistance. We chose a Sunbrella® Upholstery Fabric for our curtains, but occasional outdoor use fabrics are also a good option. For those times you want extra light in the cabin, you can make Velcro tie-backs to keep the curtains open.

Cabin curtains are simple to install and sew. Many boats are already outfitted with some sort of curtain track system but if yours isn’t, hanging a curtain track is a quick process. In the video, we also demonstrate how to measure for the curtain track, install mounting clips, and add the track.

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How to you personalize your cabin? Have any of you made your own curtains? Share your thoughts and tips in the comments!

  1. Christine Rasmussen said:

    Thanks Nikki, for another project on my project-bucket list!

  2. Allen Bowen said:

    Hi Nikki, Here is an idea for a future project. Check out the 2014 issue of Small Boat published by Wooden Boat magazine; they are featuring 6 versions of small craft tent solutions.

    • Nikki said:

      Thanks, Allen!

      That’s a great idea. I’ll have to take a look at that article and see if we can’t add it to the list!

  3. We do enjoy your how to videos, most helpful. Please, does your sewing machine department have a returned, used or re-furbished machines ? As we are of limited income, social security, any assistance will be deeply appreciated. Vern and Alice Foeller. @ : Thank You

    • Nikki said:

      Hello Veron & Alice,

      We actually don’t get many returns on our machines, so we unfortunately don’t have a program in place to sell used/scratch&dent machines. Occasionally we do get one back, so you can check in with us from time to time to see if we have anything, but it is rare. Hope that helps you!

  4. donna said:

    Like these but you do not want the proper rods.

  5. Ali said:

    Is there anybody that make these for me?

    • Nikki said:

      Hi Ali,
      Here at Sailrite, we’re all about doing projects yourself, so while we have all the materials you’ll need to sew these curtains, we don’t make them here. Maybe ask around your local marina and see if there’s a canvas shop or other DIY boater who could help you out.

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