10 Ways to Customise your Car Interior
By: Andreea Putinelu
Last updated: 05 November 2015
Are you bored with the interior of your vehicle? Maybe it's time to personalise it and make it less ordinary. Whether you drive everyday or just once a week your car should be comfortable, clean and pleasing on the eye, making each journey a pleasure (if you can ignore the traffic and other drivers on the road!).
There are a plethora of accessories on the market to enhance your driving experience, suiting every taste and budget. Here are 14 ways to customise your vehicle (this blog has been updated with four extra tips for you):
1. Seat covers
Customising seats can instantly change the look of your interior. You can buy off the peg covers or spend a bit extra and have them made to measure. If you’ve chosen leather seats you may want to have the option to heat them. Retrofitted heated seats can be installed or if your budget is smaller you can buy heated seat covers that plug into the cigarette lighter.
2. Steering wheel cover
If your steering wheel is a bit dull cover it up! Add a splash of colour with a fluffy pink cover (if that’s your thing) or give it a more deluxe look with a wood effect, leather or cashmere alternative. A cover will also take the chill off the wheel in the winter.
If your dashboard is looking a little worn or if you just want to modify it, companies like wickedcoatings.co.uk offer a service called hydrographic printing. Your chosen design can be applied to the console giving your interior the 'wow' factor.
Brighten up your accelerator with these racing sport pedals, or if you’re feeling extravagant have the Swarovski crystal encrusted ones instead!
For a more fun gear stick you could buy a cover to reflect your favourite sport or bling it up!
6. LED floor lights
Available in a variety of colours, LED floor lights will add a romantic glow to your car and brighten up your evening!
To really alter the appearance of your interior you could transform the roof of your car by changing the headliner (material on the roof). Create a starry scene or go for luxurious white leather. There are many ‘how to’ videos online detailing how to change the headliner but if you’re not into DIY there are companies that will do it for you.
No one wants to sit in a musty car so an air freshener is vital. A magic tree will do the job but if you are thinking of buying a Mercedes then you could add the Air Balance package as an optional extra. A perfumed vial in the glove compartment ensures the fragrance flows into the vehicle through the air vents. There are 4 different fragrances to choose from.
9. Child seats
If you’ve got kids then car seats are unavoidable but they don’t have to be run of the mill. Even if your ride isn’t a supercar you could still own a mini Ferrari seat for your little one.
Make your car the coolest by installing a fridge. If you spend a lot of time on the road a fridge is a great idea. Keep drinks and snacks cool ready for your next pit stop.
11. Personalised number plate
A personalised number plate is a great way to put your personal touch on the car, whether you are going for your name, nickname, a funny phrase or you are looking to brand your business car (link to the other blog I just posted) with one. If you are worried about the price, you can easily find personalised number plates under £200, so don’t be put off by that.
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12. Car mats
Car mats are a great way to give your car some personality and make it yours. You can get as creative as you wish with them and you can incorporate some of the things you’re passionate about. Film fanatic? Get some mats with your favourite characters. Like sunsets on a beach? Get them on your car mats
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13. A cover for your seatbelt
A seatbelt cover is something probably not many people think of buying, however it doesn’t only change the aesthetics of your car, but it can make wearing the seatbelt more comfortable. They are fairly inexpensive, so you can play around with different designs. This can also be a nice gift for a car lover.
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14. Good sound system
A good sound system can drastically improve the experience you have driving your car, so if there’s one thing to invest in, it’s that. In fact, you will probably not want to ever want to leave your car after personalising it with a proper sound system.
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