Own Your Ride by Customizing These 7 Interior Design Elements
Let’s be honest. Most of us don’t have the budget to buy the car of our dreams. But does that mean we have to settle for the stock (aka boring) looks of a typical daily use vehicle? Not at all!
With your car’s interior alone, there are tons of opportunities for customization. There’s so much to change that by the time you’re done, you’ll feel like your interior was designed just for you.
Trust us, there’s something magical about stepping into a car that reflects a part of your personality. You have to experience it to know what we mean.
To help you experience that for yourself, we’re going to highlight some car interior design elements you can customize quickly and on your own. Most of these customizations will run you under $50, so you don’t have to break your piggy bank to follow this guide.
If you want that hit of happy hormones every time you enter your ride without paying a 6-figure MSRP, buckle up and get ready for some stunning customizations.
Why Focus on Your Car’s Interior?
Before we get to the list of customizations, let’s take a quick detour to see why we’re focusing on the interior in the first place.
You see, when most people think of cool rides, for some reason they focus on the exterior. The aggressive angles and suggestive curves may be sexy, but let’s not deny the fact that those are meant to impress others more than yourself.
But isn’t it what’s on the inside that matters most? You’ll see the interior of your car way more than the outside. It’s not even a fair comparison. So why not invest in what’s ultimately going to matter to your eyes?
Apart from the way your ride drives, nothing will boost your driving experience more than a personalized interior you feel proud to call your own. And that’s why we’re focusing on the interior with this guide.
Interior Elements that You Can Customize
Here are some of the easiest and most affordable interior customizations to pimp your ride.
1. Seat Covers
Let’s start with the biggest customization on this list. And we mean that in literal terms because your seats are the biggest piece of your interior.
Unlike replacing the whole thing, you can completely transform your car’s look by slapping some personalized seat covers on there. With fabrics ranging from vinyl and camo to sheepskin and towel, you’ve got plenty of options.
Our recommendation is to pick something that not only looks great, but also feels great, cleans easily, and lasts a lifetime. You don’t want to be replacing these giant sheets the next year, do you?
Don’t forget that the wrong covers can be a literal pain in the you-know-what. So don’t torture your bacon by saving a few bucks on cheap covers. Something within the $50-$100 range will provide a decent bang for your bucks.
2. Floor Mats
Floor mats are another opportunity to add some flare to your ride while upping the protection of your interior. These bad boys can mask the current wear and tear on your carpet, and prevent any future damage, too.
As for the eye factor, you can either match these with the carpet or go for some popping visuals. Just make sure that you get the right size for your car, as floor mats come in many shapes and sizes.
3. Pedal Covers
Since passengers can’t see pedals, and even the driver rarely sees them, it’s little surprise that most people never think of customizing these little guys. But with pedal wraps costing just a few bucks, there’s no reason for ignoring this additional real estate in your automotive landscape.
With an aluminum cover or one with a dazzling pattern, you can give a feast to the eyes of those willing to explore every inch of your ride. Just be sure to pick something that won’t clash with the design of your floor mats.
4. Steering Wheel Cover
While there are some amazing custom steering wheels out there, most of them cost too much to be a part of this list. But who says you need to replace the whole thing when you can just slap a fantastic cover over the one you’ve already got?
You can have a design that matches the theme of your favorite sports team. Perhaps you’re more of a retro designs, animal patterns, or cartoon characters kind of person. Those are possible too. Heck, you could even install a cover that glows in the dark if that’s what you want.
Apart from “pimping up” your ride, a steering wheel cover can also improve your driving experience. There are memory foam materials that let you avoid that painful fingers sensation after gripping the wheel over a really long trip.
If you live in a warm area, you should definitely pick a material that will keep your fingers from burning after your car’s been sunbathing for too long in the summer. Same thing can be done for that freezing chill of a winter steering wheel.
5. Interior Wraps
Okay. No list of interior customizations is proper without a mention of interior wraps. These bad boys can completely revamp the view of your ride from the inside.
Your options include wooden patterns, carbon fiber, and of course, the stunning visuals of vibrant prints.
Think of this customization as a complete makeup kit for your car’s interior. Just as it can make the insides of your car unrecognizable for the better, it can also turn things for the worst.
As they say, with great power comes great responsibility. So be sure to think about any bold designs for at least a week before pulling the trigger.
6. Shift Knob
Don’t let the small size of this customization deceive you. Bigger isn’t always better. With a custom shift knob, you can add some much needed flare to the stick area of your car.
There are so many amazing designs out there. Red cue ball, rainbow popsicle, the hilt of a Katana, and even a microphone are actual possibilities. If those are too wild for your taste, don’t worry. There are plenty of more “normal looking” options too.
7. Shift Boot
Okay. This is a big one. Do you know what’s the most central piece of your ride? It’s a piece that’s visible from virtually every angle of your interior. Yup, we’re talking about the shift boot.
If you thought other stock parts were bad, just hop into your car and see what the shift boot looks like. Trust us, you won’t find a more dull, unimaginative piece of dark grey in your car.
We know because this is what had us start LovetoShift. Why spend all that money on a car just to have a dull gray central piece? Why indeed!
With handcrafting finesse and a crazy passion for creative designs, we’ve put together some truly stunning shift boot covers that we’re proud to call our own. Just take a look at our catalogue to see what we mean.
From checkered “Race like Lewis” to irresistibly adorable Japanese Lucky Cat to the green Galaxy piece, let’s just say our creatives love sipping on coffee and imagining memorable, love-at-first-sight kind of designs!
Ready to own your ride but don’t want to risk screwing up a big design change? Start with a custom shift boot. It’s a modification so easy that it’s hard to go wrong!