Having the best selling truck means that on the inside you’ll be graced with plenty of tech, comfort, quality, and style. While you can get different options from the factory, most of the interiors are going to be pretty similar. If you’re spending hours and hours in your truck, you want it to be yours. Thankfully there is a massive aftermarket for the F-150, and people have done plenty of custom mods as well.
For this guide, I’m going to be focusing more on the newer F-150s around 2018 and newer. This guide is going to help you out with some ways to truly make the interior of your truck yours. While this is not a complete guide by any means, hopefully this will help give you some ideas about what is out there. Let’s get started!
Storage Trays and Organizers
The F-150 has plenty of compartments to store almost anything, but in many cases, these areas are just holes, cutouts, and boxes. While that’s fine if you just like to throw things in places, or if you have bigger things you need to store, what about for your organization of smaller things? Thankfully there are plenty of storage trays and organizers.
Starting from the top and working our way down, there are a few different tray options for the storage well in the center of your dash. For about $16, this dashboard organizer comes with different color accents on the anti-slip mat.
While there may be a small tray to put some stuff in for the center console, if you really need extra organization and would like to leave the bottom section of the center console its own thing, a full center console organizer will help drastically. There is a $23 center console organizer on Amazon that offers four unique sections. They each have a non-slip mat that can be taken out and cleaned if you need to.
The last bit would be the upper glove box. It’s a strange shape, but a great addition to have. What would make it even better would be a divider of some sort. Well, that’s a thing! Amazon comes through again with this $20 upper glove box organizer. Some complain that it makes the compartments a little too small, but just make sure it’s what you’re looking for.
All together, for about $59, you can get the most out of the storage compartments on your F-150.
Under Seat Storage
Did you think we were done with storage? Nope! The F-150 allows for much more storage capabilities. One of the many would be under seat storage. There is a pretty big gap between the rear seats and floor. While that space is welcomed if you frequently raise your rear seats to make use of the extra floor space, if you don’t, you might want to look into taking advantage of the storage space.
There are a few options out there, and one like the Rough Country under seat storage is a good option to maintain a factory look, but get more than the factory offered. It’s easy to install and requires no cutting or drilling. Access your gear simply by lifting the rear seats, and when you’re done, just put the seat back down.
While certain trim levels can give you some really nice seats, your lower trim or basic work trucks are going to have more basic cloth seats. While they are still durable and look decent, seat covers offer two major things: style and protection.
Seat covers will work wonders in protecting your factory seats, which will up your resale value and extend the life of them. Stains are much better on a cover instead of the factory seats. When it comes to style, there are so many options that will change the material, color, stitching, and feel.
If you are looking for some quick protection for a weekend trip to the beach or a camping excursion, you might just want to cover your seats quickly and be able to take the covers off quickly. Something like a seat cloth is perfect for that. It doesn’t offer much in terms of style, but it’s for great quick protection. There are also similar ones designed for your back seats so your furry friends don’t destroy your upholstery either. Seat covers for your dogs come in all shapes and sizes depending on your needs.
If you are looking for a complete style overhaul with different material, color, patterns, stitching, and so on, there are tons of options out there. However, this is where things start to get a bit more expensive since not only does the material cost more, but you start to lose the “universal” fit, and covers start to be made specifically for your F-150 model. Katzkin seat covers are a great option to give you that factory look in a style you can’t actually get from the factory.
Floor Mats can be used for both utility and style. Depending on how you use your Ford F-150, you might need something more durable, but if you use your truck for daily street use, you might want something more luxurious. There are multiple price points for each style as well, so it’s easy to find something in your budget and style.
If you use your truck as a truck you need something with a bit more durability. Rubber floor mats will offer the most protection of your floor at the trade off of a luxurious feel. Regardless if you take your truck to the work site, weekend camping trip, or just have pets or kids, rubber floor mats will not wear down anywhere nearly as fast as carpet based mats, and they are easy to clean. Simply take them out and spray them down with a hose. Husky floor mats are just one option, and they will run about $150 for a full set, like other brands.
Door Sill Protectors
Something a little different that offers both style and protection are custom door sill protectors. Getting in and out of your truck can lead to your shoes rubbing against your door sills, and while paint is very robust, constant rubbing can lead to the paint wearing down, and that can be expensive to fix.
Door sill protectors will take a beating for your paint by being placed right over the door sill. Tufskinz Ford F-150 door sill protectors range from $20 to $150 depending on the multitude of options you can select. You can do basic, raw carbon fiber, logos, front doors, and rear doors. They come with a two year warranty, and are easy to install. It’s one of the first things someone will notice when they open your door.
Emblem Blackout and Chrome Delete
Some of us don't like the bling and flash of chrome. While it can be stylish, some of us view it as “old school.” Let’s face is: blacked out is one of the new modern looks, and if done right, your F-150 can definitely benefit from an interior blackout.
You can get something like these F-150 interior knob covers for $34 that cover the chrome with different colors of you choice, which should be black of course. There are also a number of pre-cut vinyl overlays that you can purchase as well that get placed over the trim in your truck, such as this trim overlay kit on Etsy. Make sure you read the reviews to make sure they are good cuts!
Since not everything can be accomplished with a pre-made product, you might have to get creative with some aspects. Things like the steering wheel logo can be blacked out using something like black vinyl that you cut out by hand, or Plasti Dip. With Plasti Dip, you can spray a few light coats on when what you want, and you can always peel it off later if you get bored with it.
Base audio systems in vehicles have drastically increased over the years, and the Ford F-150 offers some premium audio options. However, if you have the “work truck” model, you may want a little extra from the sound system. Thankfully there are not only tons of options that you can find online, but there are plenty of local audio shops around that can help you get the most out of your budget.
Sound systems can get pretty pricey depending on if you upgrade the speakers, amp, or combination of both, but there are usually systems out there to fit your budget, or at least within reason.
A good place to start for speaker upgrades for an F-150 would be on forums and sites like Crutchfield. Sites like this will allow you to implement the specific truck you have, and it will tell you what speakers fit, how many, head units, and more. Forums will have plenty of reviews and suggestions from people just like you.
Speaker installation is generally easy and plug and play after taking off some panels. Amps and head units can get a bit more complicated depending on the brand and how vehicle specific it is. If you are uncomfortable installing something like this, it never hurts to go to an audio shop. Crossing some wires can lead to blown fuses, and no one wants that.
While I don’t suggest ever using your phone while driving, sometimes you may not want to use the built in Android Auto or CarPlay and you just want to use your phone. While you can get a cheap gas station mount, they don’t last, and they might just look awkward on your sleek interior.
The Scoshe ProClip Mount for the Ford F-150 and Raptor matches the sleek angles of your cabin. It clips to the seams of the dashboard and rests near the driver. You choose head option you want to be able to mount your phone to the base. Prices range from $75 to $120, but you get what you pay for.
Alright… This is sort of exterior and interior, but tint can make a world of difference in your F-150. Tint serves two major purposes: security and temperature reduction. Tint will help wandering eyes stop seeing who is driving the hottest looking truck in town. You don’t have to be a superstar or up to no good to need this. You could simply be sitting in the parking lot waiting to pick up your child from school. The point is, you don’t need people looking at you.
The second most important feature is temperature reduction. Regardless if it’s hot outside or not, the sun beating down on your truck all day will spike the interior temperature of your F-150. Tint will help control the amount of sun getting in your truck, which will keep the temperatures down.
You do want to keep in mind that tint at night will decrease visibility, and different states (in the US) have different laws regarding how dark tint can be. Make sure you take all of this into consideration before you install your tint.
Tint can be done yourself if you have the time and skills. There are precut kits where the pieces line up with each window, sheets of tint of that you can cut yourself and place over each piece of glass, and you can of course take your truck to a tint shop to get it done professionally. Good looks, and good function. What could be better?
While the modern Ford F-150 has some great interior lighting, if you want more illumination or some personalized color, you might want to look into some aftermarket solutions. The company F150LEDs offers an LED ambient lighting kit for $180 that will transform the interior of your Ford F-150 from dull to flashy!
This particular kit has a seven zone system that includes lighting for the driver and passenger footwells, driver and passenger front under dash lighting, the left and right rear passengers, and light for the massive center console! There are plenty of color combinations, and auto on/off feature, and no splicing required.
Of course you can always go on eBay and buy the parts to create your own if you know what you’re doing. It is absolutely something people will notice right away when they get in your truck.
To sum it all up, your Ford F-150 should be made to be the truck you want. When you get in your cabin, you want your truck to say, “this is mine.” Hopefully this guide will get you started in the right direction to start customizing the interior of your ride. With the vast aftermarket for the F-150, the only limit is your budget and imagination, so get to it!
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Dashboard Organizer - Courtesy of SENSHINE Amazon Store
Center Console Organizer - Courtesy of Ecarzo Amazon Store
Upper Glove Box Organizer - Courtesy of SKTU Amazon Store
Seat Cover for Dogs - Courtesy of F150 Online
Katzkin Seat Covers - Courtesy of Katzkins
Husky Floor Mats - Courtesy of the Husky Liners Amazon Store
Under Seat Storage - Courtesy of Rough Country
Trim Overlay – Courtesy of MyCarMyWay Store on Etsy
Phone Mount – Courtesy of Scose
Tinted Windows – Courtesy of Reddit User Avocalado
Ambient Lighting – Courtesy of F150LEDs