Designing for Paddleboard Display

It’s not uncommon for a bicycle become part of an urban commuter’s apartment design so why not have a paddleboard become part of a paddle boarders house or apartment design? If an athlete is passionate about his or her sport it seems natural to want to have reminders of that sport in his/her living space. In the same way that a photographer or painter would display favorite photos or paintings in strategic places in her living space we can also display different things that are necessary for a hobby or vocation on the walls of our homes. Displaying ones best standup paddleboard (SUP) in one’s home in a tasteful way is admittedly a tricky task but designers are called on to do things much more difficult than that! Paddleboards are unwieldy and large and finding a space big enough is our first challenge.

A front hallway is the first good option that comes to mind. This makes the best sense in that it is the easiest location when you consider bringing the board in from outside, as well as taking it down and outside when you want to use it. Many paddleboards measure around the 10′ to 12′ range and could be fairly easily accommodated in a hallway. If there are several paddleboards a vertical stacking of the boards would work fine as well.

Constructing some form of rack to hold the board or boards has it advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side a rack would protect the wall from bumps and scrapes associated with moving the board, on the negative side a rack might take up too much room and make it difficult for someone walking down the hall to pass. If the designer has free reign it is possible to solve this dilemma by creating a recess in the wall that would hold the paddleboard(s) and frame it (them) at the same time. One could even incorporate recessed lighting to show off the board as one would an art piece.

Another way one could display a board is to have it standing vertically in a stairwell. Some larger houses do still have two-storey walls where this could be done. Taking the board down and putting it back in place is likely much more difficult in this case. A permanent display like an art installation is possible, however. Perhaps the boarder might have a favorite retired paddleboard that could be shown with other gear vertically displayed alongside it: a personal floatation device, a safety knife, a paddle… In any case having a board permanently affixed to a wall gives the designer many more options for placement: a living room wall, a basement, or a bedroom come to mind.

Solutions to this particular design problem are as varied as the dwelling places that paddleboarders own or rent and as such must be approached in an individualized way. Other factors would be the usual ones like money, the client’s personality, an so on. If you are as passionate about design as some boarders are about paddleboarding this is an unusual challenge and one to look forward to!