About Us

A full service, marine canvas and interior business serving the needs of boaters on the Knoxville area lakes, our goal is to make your boating experience as enjoyable and carefree as possible by using the best materials, tools and experience to create quality boat tops, boat covers, boat upholstery, boat carpet, boat enclosures and boat lifts designed for the way your boat is used.   We offer free estimates and complete dockside service. In cases where it is more practical to bring your boat to our shop, we offer a pickup/delivery service.

The year was 1987. The New York Giants were crowned Super Bowl Champs, the Miami Hurricanes were crowned NCAA Football Champions, and Kellye Cash (Memphis, TN) was crowned Miss America.  “Walk Like An Egyptian” topped the Billboard Charts and Cher delivered her famous line “Snap out of it!” at the cinema in “Moonstruck”.   That was the same year Custom Interiors & Canvas, Inc. opened for business and started putting the “snap” into it!

In the beginning, our family owned and operated full service marine canvas and interior business specialized in upholstery design. It wasn’t long however before we expanded our offering to include canvas boat tops, covers and enclosures. Nearly 30 years later, we continue to be energized by our work for several reasons. We really enjoy meeting people, working on the lake and using our skill & experience to develop creative solutions for our customers’ needs.

One of the most important keys to our success has been our commitment to stay up to date and offer only the best materials and products available. Another key has been our pricing philosophy.  We have always priced our products and services fairly – just high enough to allow us to use the best quality materials and stay in business. We have also always tried to buy materials made in the USA.

As the price of new boats has steadily increased over time, more and more people have been keeping and maintaining their boats longer. For that reason, serious boat owners have naturally become interested in quality products that will protect their investments and add even more enjoyment to their boating experience. That is where Custom Interiors & Canvas has excelled. As boaters ourselves for more than 50 years, we have discovered ways to use marine canvas to make boating less work and more fun.

Tom has been in this business for a very long time, but he is not dead and he is certainly not retired. Until then, he will settle for nothing less than flawless craftsmanship. Behind the scenes, Millie will continue to do everything necessary to keep everyone moving in the right direction, including preparing gourmet lunches every day!   Barbara’s natural talent and skill combined with her constant goal for perfection will always assure consistently attractive designs & patterning. As a team, all three of us will always be willing to go the extra mile to make sure our customers’ needs are satisfied, no matter the size or scope of the project. In the past, we have even designed wheelchair seats, wheelchair covers, golf cart enclosures, a custom fountain cover and a canvas boat slip roof & surround.

Boats, boat docks, and water conditions have changed a lot during the last thirty years.  First-hand experience with these changes prompted Custom Interiors & Canvas to explore, evaluate and identify the most dependable, yet affordable boat lift on the market.  Available in different sizes & load capacities, we now offer EconoLift boat hoists featuring tough polyethylene tanks and hot dip galvanized metal parts. Sizes are available to fit in slips that are 8′ – 18’ wide capable of lifting PWC’s and boats up to 20,000 lbs.

If you are interested in preserving your boat from top to bottom, you should definitely consult with Custom Interiors & Canvas today. We are always happy to provide free accurate estimates.