How To Build Boat Lounge Seat
Learning how to build a boat lounge seat can make your overall boating experience more enjoyable. If your significant other isn’t crazy about a day of fishing on the lake, then having a lounge seat is a very enticing option. Lounge seats and boats go together like peanut butter and jelly. They’re great for tanning, reading and enjoying the lake. If you’re ready to get started on your lounge seat project, then you’ll need to gather up a few items first.
To make your own lounge seat for a boat, you will need:
- A sturdy metal lounge chair
- A boat pedestal
- A boat seat lever
- A hacksaw
- An electric drill
- Install your lounge seat pedestal. If you already have a pedestal in place that you’re going to use with your lounge seat, then please skip to step two. If you don’t, don’t worry; this is the easiest part of making your own lounge seat for the boat. First, you will need to purchase a boat seat pedestal, which can be found at your local marina. After your purchase, install your pedestal in the floor of your boat where you would like to have your lounge seat at. Most pedestals are extremely easy to install. All you need to do is drill the pedestal screws into the bottom of your boat and you will be ready to move on to the next step.
- Create your lounge seat. For this step, you will need to use your boat seat lever. This is the part of the seat that connects to the pedestal and seat. It has a lever which allows your seat to be adjusted to be either higher or lower. These levers can also be purchased at your local marina, or you may be able to scrap one off an old boat seat. Next, take your old lounge chair and make sure any excess parts (such as old legs, etc.) have been removed by a hacksaw.
- Connect your boat seat lever to the seat. Once you’ve removed the legs from your lounge chair, you can connect the top of the boat seat lever (not the part that fits over the pedestal) to the bottom of the lounge chair. You have a couple of different options as to how to approach connecting these two pieces. If you have the tools to do some welding, you may want to have the two pieces welded together. If this isn’t a viable option, you can simply screw the boat seat lever to the bottom of the lounge chair. A word of caution on this approach: it won’t be as sturdy as the welded seat due to the friction between the two pieces, and it may not last as long.
At this point, you may curious as to why we didn’t look at the option of creating a new lounge chair. If you have the necessary parts to do this, then feel free to take a look at this ambitious option. The problem with home-made lounge chairs is that they usually aren’t as stable as ones that are pre-made. You can find old lounge chairs at yard sales or even purchase a brand new one. Once you have your lounge seat completed, you’ll have the option of being able to swivel the seat around, raise or lower it or even remove the chair from your boat by simply taking out the pedestal. As with any new products for your boat, make sure you try the seat out for yourself before you get on the water.