How To Build A Center Console For A Truck? [5 Easy Steps]

A center console is a place where we keep our necessary things and also use it as a place of hand rest. But all vehicles have no pre-installed center console in them. In that case, how to get it? The only way to get that is to build manually.

The truck drivers feel the importance of it most. Because they have to drive the vehicle for a long time and also need to keep some instruments with them. In that case, the center console is very important in trucks. We will show you how to build a center console for a truck.

Important Materials to Build A Center Console For A Truck

There are a number of ways to build a center console for your truck. In those ways, you will need different materials and tools. But today I am going to show you the easiest way to build a console. This way is the fastest way to build a center console and also it needs only a few materials and instruments.

Here I make a list of important materials to build a center console for a truck.

  1. Cardboard
  2. Wood
  3. Screwdriver
  4. Hammers
  5. Pins
  6. Fabric
  7. Foam
  8. Glue
  9. Bolts

All those are very important to build the center console of your truck. Some other important things may be needed for you. In that case, you have to think about your necessity and gather all those things.

How to Build A Center Console For A Truck?

There are 4 steps to building a custom center console for your truck. All these things must be followed to give the console a proper shape and make it useful. Let’s see the steps.

Step 1: Measure the Center Console Placing Area

The first thing you have to do is measure the area of the center console. That means the gap between the two seats of your truck. Based on that measurement, you have to do the rest of the things. If the measurement is wrong, the design will be wrong and the center console will not be properly placed in its area.

While measuring the center console placing area, you have to think about the installation process. Usually, there are some bolt placing holes in between both the seats. You have to find these holes and then you have to measure the place and take a design to build the center console.

Step 2: Make the Design with the Cardboard

Now is the time to make a design. There are a number of options to make a design of your center console. We think you have a design in your mind. You have to make that design using cardboard and gum. You might be thinking why use cardboard to make a demo design?

The demo design will give you an idea about wood cutting and making different sizes. In that case, you have to make a demo design. As cardboard is easy to cut and join, this is a good choice to make a demo design.

Step 3: Make the Design by Wood

Now is the time to convert the cardboard design into a wood design. The shape you make with the help of cardboard has to be converted with the wood. In this case, take help from the cardboard measurement. Remember, this is the final shape of your center console, so do it professionally.

Use the pins and hammer to give the proper shape of your center console. You may feel the need to cut the wood then you may use a shaw. Sometimes the wood may be rough. In that case, try to make that smooth.

Step 4: Measure, Cut, and Add Foam and Fabrics

This is an important step to complete the process. As we know that the wood is hard. This hardness is not perfect as a center console. So, you have to add foam around the wood. You have to add foam on all the sides of the wood design. In this case, you have to use gum to add foam with wood.

After your foam is well attested with the wood, you have to cut the fabrics. Some people call this material. While cutting the fabrics, you have to cut 1 or 2 inches longer than the wood. Because you have to fold it and attest it with pins or gum. After cutting the fabrics, attest them to the main body.

Step 5: Install the Center Console in Place

As you know, the center console should be firmly attested with the body or other seats. In that case, you have to use bolts. In the first step, we told you to design the console based on the attachment facility.

Tight the installment bolt tightly. This will prevent any accidental front or back movement of the console. Some people use this as a seat also. So, you have to keep that in mind before installing the console. That is the end of the process.

Cost of Building a Center Console For A Truck

The cost depends on the area you are living and also the design you are planning for your center console. The design we show you here is the simplest and easiest. I did not use any extra materials like electric connections and other options. This is the simple design of a center console.

But the design I show you will cost you around $80 to $100. Based on the area and product quality. You may take this design for you. The cost is not so high and this is not a complex one.


This is the process of making a center console for your truck. The process is very long and hard enough. But we make an overview of this process. You may follow the video given in this article. You will face a number of problems while making this for your truck. In that case, take help from the video.

That was all about How To Build A Center Console For A Truck. The design may be more personal and exceptional also. Do it in the way you love. Thanks for reading.