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Houseboat & Narrowboat Design Ideas

Rising in popularity in recent years has been a shift in a lot of people moving to live on their own houseboats or narrowboats. Many love the different vibe that they offer, allowing you to be near the water and even move around if you so desire.

Your new home on the water can be built from the ground up to your requirements, so here are some houseboat and narrowboat design ideas.

What’s The Difference?

Houseboats and narrowboats may seem like very similar concepts, but there are a few differences to think about. A houseboat is a boat that has been modified or designed to be used as a home. Some are moored and stationary so they can be connected to nearby utilities, while some are motorised.

A narrowboat is a type of canal boat that is designed to navigate the narrow locks of the UK. Many people have taken to living in them, and people either cruise the river or moor somewhere permanently. Narrowboats must be under 7 feet wide and are generally around 72 feet long. Any bigger on these measurements and they will not be able to navigate the British canal network.

Smart Solutions

If you are downsizing from a house to a boat, you are probably going to find you have a lot less space to work with. This is why you should utilise smart storage options. Smart storage involves using furniture items that can double as something else, or utilising space that is otherwise left empty.

These could be sofas, chairs and beds which have spaces underneath for storage or install shelves close to the ceiling where space is not normally utilised. You can save space by having a bed installed in the air, and the space underneath can be full of other furniture or storage.

Decking Area

While many love the idea of a houseboat, one thing people miss is having a garden or outside space to relax in. But moving to a houseboat doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your outdoor space. A decking area is a great addition to a house or narrowboat and is a very versatile space that you can enjoy.

You can go simple with just a few chairs to relax in, or transform it into your own little oasis. You could have plants, crops or more on your decking, creating a space that will make you forget you’re living on a boat.

Boat Manufacturing From Staffordshire Fabrications

If you’re looking to design a customised houseboat or narrowboat from the ground up, get in touch today with Staffordshire Fabrications Ltd. We are a market leader in the marine sector, constructing a range of different products including houseboats and narrowboat shells.

We use Computer-Aided Design (CAD) to allow customers to utilise our custom fabrication services, offering a personalised and bespoke creation that suits your needs and the environment in which they will be situated.

If you’d like to find out more about our metal fabrication services available to customers throughout the UK, call today on 01543 379693 or send your enquiry to