Guide: Interior Design of Your Service Vehicle

14 things to consider when designing the interior of a vehicle

Getting help from an expert when decorating your service vehicle is a smart choice to get the most out of both space and functionality. The service vehicle is there to help you during your workday and should be tailored to fit and support your equipment, where all surfaces are optimally utilized, all in a safe manner for both you and what you're carrying.
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1. Design the interior based on how you use your equipment

Think about what you have in your car and what you use the most. One reason you invest in the interior of your car is to simplify your everyday life. If you spend a little extra time thinking about what you actually use the most and in what order you tend to move things in and out of the car, you can make your life a lot smoother if you design accordingly.

2. What else do I need to carry in the car?

As mentioned above, it's all about what you will store in the car. Different occupational groups use and transport different types of equipment. Property caretakers and other occupational groups who carry heavy loads often appreciate double floors, as they can easily store smaller items underneath large and heavy objects. Plumbers with many small parts can be helped a lot by having several small boxes to keep everything neatly organized.

3. Carefully consider what material you want to use

When considering what material the interior should have, some people start thinking about wooden interiors. There are some advantages to wooden interiors, but also a lot of disadvantages. Wood as a material is heavy, which means that the total amount of equipment you can actually take with you in the car decreases. In addition, it absorbs liquids, oils, scratches easily and can be generally difficult to keep in good condition. Lightweight steel interiors weighs significantly less than wood and is very easy to maintain.

4. Secure yourself by securing the load

Driving around in a vehicle with loose tools doesn't sound like a good idea, and it's not. In the event of an accident and if you're unlucky, there's a risk of passengers getting injured. Make sure your vehicle interior is designed to secure your load in a safe way.

5. Allow yourself to be creative!

Do you have your own ideas and solutions for organizing shelves and boxes in the car? Write down your ideas and discuss them with a specialist who works with vehicle interior design. He or she will then be able to respond to these ideas in the best possible way!

6. Be smart with the space - take compact storage to a new level!

The storage space in the back of the car may seem big, but car interiors take up some space and suddenly the floor space appears to be much smaller than it is. Therefore, it is important to use all flat surfaces in the car for storage, both the floor, ceiling, and walls. This is especially important if you transport large tools and items that take up a lot of space. Where you previously thought you could have a shelf, there is suddenly a ladder. Move the ladder and hang it on the ceiling instead, or maybe it's a large garden saw that you need space for - use a double floor with a drawer to store smaller items underneath large and heavy tools. Some examples of smart solutions you can have in your car are:

  • Shelves
  • Cranes (for those who typically need to lift heavy things)
  • Drawers
  • Ramps (for easy entry and exit of large machines)
  • Roof racks that allow you to use the roof for storage - for things like ladders
  • Double floor
  • Cassettes
  • Holders for gas tubes
  • Cabinets for storing clothes
  • Winch
  • Rear tailgate lift

7. Seek help from a specialist

Being your own handyman is all well and good, but there are times when it's worth seeking help from an expert, for example when it comes to the interior design of a vehicle! In addition to the specialist being up to date with the latest in car interiors and safety, they can also help finding the best interior for you and your needs. This considers what types of roads you drive on, what you usually load and how you usually work. The specialist also knows exactly where to drill and where not to drill, so you never have to worry about anything in the car breaking down.

8. Consider the time of year for installation of the interior

When installing car interiors, the car cannot be used for safety reasons during this time. Be strategic when planning when to install the interior to make the process as smooth as possible. No craftsman wants to be without their car, so installing new interior during the low season is the best option for many. If you let an expert install the interior for you, you will quickly get back the cost of the installation. Due to the expert working efficiently you can get back on the road much faster than if you had to do the work yourself.

9. Talk to Your Employees

Not everyone works or prefers to store their equipment in the same way. If your employees have access to their own cars, it's always a good idea to ask how they would like their car interior to be designed to make the process smoother.

10. Self-Closing Drawers Help on Forgetful Days

Some days you're a little extra forgetful, and for some strange reason, simple actions like closing drawers are completely forgotten. Having self-closing drawers can then be a lifesaver so that none of your tools clatter out of their open drawers when you're driving around in your newly-outfitted car.

11. Don't Let Car Interior Impede Normal Functions

Even if you have a car with special-built interior for your tools, the car is still not built solely for that purpose - it must be drivable too. Make sure that the car interior does not impede the basic functions of the car, such as the ability to properly adjust seats or being able to reach safety belts.

12. Use Interior to Impress Your Customers

Just like a clean home impresses your guests, a well-organized contractor's car will impress your customers. Showing your customers that you have control over your own things gives you credibility, tells the customer that you know what you're doing and that you work organized. Utilizing your car interior to the fullest and continuing to keep it organized in the back of the car even after you've had your car interior for several years is therefore just as important as in the beginning when the interior is brand new.

13. Use Interior to Balance Weight Throughout the Car

Even if you just "throw something quickly in the back of the car", it will mean that extra weight has been added to the car. Unbalanced weight affects the car's driving performance, and therefore it is important that the interior you plan to install is structured and planned in such a way that heavy objects are spread out over several different areas of the car. This prevents the car from being difficult to steer.

14. Finally - Don't Forget Insurance!

Even if you do everything you can to avoid an accident, even the best of us can have a minor collision. It's therefore important that the car interior you have chosen is crash-tested so that tools, car and passengers get covered by the insurance in the event of an accident.

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