6 innovative space-saving solutions for your narrowboat

There’s no reason why life on a narrowboat should be cramped and claustrophobic. Simple storage solutions and clever interior design hacks can make even the smallest of boats clutter-free and spacious.

1. Kitchen Storage

It goes without saying that in a compact space, utilising clever storage solutions is key. The kitchen is the most used room in any home, so creating a functional galley workstation will make a big difference. Floating shelves are a great way to maximise storage space in your kitchen without installing bulky extra top cupboards, with the extra benefit of allowing you to keep everyday items in easy reach for greater usability.

2. Bulky Items

For those hefty items you want hidden away, under bed storage is a great solution. Vacuum pack storage bags and internal organisers can help you make the most of this space. Depending on the configuration of your boat, you may have room to install a custom made floor to ceiling cupboard or shelving unit to maximise storage potential.


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3. Awkward Spaces

Don’t be afraid to fill awkward spaces - hooks, baskets and boxes all help keep the clutter tidy and provide solutions to keep those messy ‘bits and bobs’ neatly out of sight. They can also help to make an artistic feature out of a bland, blank space.


4. Optical Illusions

Clever interior design can help make your home. Adding a mirror deceives the eye into doubling your interior and creating a feeling of space. Keeping the colour scheme light will ensure your boat interior remains bright and airy. Don’t be afraid to add in a pop of colour with vibrant cushions and soft furnishings.

5. Declutter

Find your inner Marie Kondo and have a clearout of all those clothes you haven’t worn for years or books that you know you won’t read again. After all, a tidy home equals a tidy mind so embrace the tranquillity of a clutter-free space. Take your unwanted items to a charity shop for the change of a new lease of life (one man’s trash is another man’s treasure after all). Plus you’ll be donating to a good cause and saving the planet by not sending to landfill.

6. Outdoor Space

You’ve probably heard the phrase bring the outside in, but when it comes to space solutions on your narrowboat, making the most of the exterior of your boat will help expand the room you have on board. Roof boxes are ideal for large weatherproof items. Be sure though your box isn’t so big that you’ll be restricted from passing under bridges or through tunnels!

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