How to Make a Custom Boat Floor Mat with Woven Vinyl

Item # X-HT-300126

If you have a small space in your boat that could use a rug or a mat, you can create your own custom-shaped floor mat using woven vinyl marine flooring. This flooring option can just be cut or you can add binding to the edges for a fully finished look. We’re going to demonstrate how to create a custom, shapely floor mat for the galley on a powerboat in this how-to video.

Woven vinyl boat floor mat installed

Woven vinyl flooring is a great option for both mats and complete flooring both in your cabin and on deck. At Sailrite®, we carry two brands of woven vinyl flooring: Infinity and Chilewich®. Woven vinyl flooring is a great alternative to carpet because it is stain resistant, quick drying and easy to clean while still being soft underfoot. These flooring options are also antimicrobial, meaning they prevent the growth of mold and mildew. For our mat application we chose to use a Chilewich in a basket weave design.

Woven vinyl flooring can be installed without binding as the edges won’t fray, but if the edges of the mat will be exposed, they will wear faster without a binding. We really like the stylish, finished look that the binding provides, so we decided to add a 1-1/4” Sunbrella® Binding to the edges of our mat. To help easily install binding, we recommend using our 1-1/4” Swing Away Binder Attachment (#120474). This binder has an extra wide jaw to perfect accommodate the thickness of marine flooring. In the video, we demonstrate how to install binding both with and without the binder.

Video Chapters:

  • Making a Pattern – 0:39 min.
  • Patterning Floor Covering Fabric – 1:57 min.
  • Sewing Binding On Edges – 9:46 min.
  • Laying Flooring in Place - 28:42 min.
  • Materials List – 29:13 min.

Materials List

  • Dura Skrim® Patterning Material #103134
  • Marine Flooring (we used Chilewich® Basketweave Oyster #106735)
  • Sunbrella® Acrylic Binding 1-1/4" (we used black #120244)
  • V-92 Polyester Thread or Lifetime Thread (we used Sailrite® Lifetime Thread in black #107130)
  • Seamstick 1/2" Basting Tape for Canvas #104984

Tools List

  • Gingher® Scissors #19104 (right-handed)
  • Sailrite® Ultrafeed® LSZ-1 PLUS Walking Foot Sewing Machine #300602
  • Sailrite® 1-1/4" Swing-Away Straight Binder #120474
  • Sailrite® Edge Hotknife Package #103800
  • Soapstone Fabric Marking Pencil #102766
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Tape
  • Straight Edge
  • L-Square
  • Boat floor mat finished, waiting to be installed

    To learn more about using Woven Vinyl Flooring on your boat as snap-in mats, be sure to watch our "How to Replace Boat Carpet with Woven Flooring" video (200674XHT). Shop our selection of marine flooring in the fabric department, right here at Sailrite.