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Whether you are a seasoned sim racer or just beginning your journey into the world of simulation gaming, beautifying your sim rig can make a significant difference in your gaming experience. A great way to do this is by using foam board to line your simulation rig.

In this article we explore some creative DIY sim rig ideas incorporating foam board. This not only gives your setup a visual boost, but also takes your comfort to the next level. Get inspired by this amazing material and get creative!

What is foam board?

Foam board, also known as foam board, is a versatile material often used in craft and construction projects. It consists of a core of foam (usually polystyrene) sandwiched between two layers of sturdy paper or cardboard. This creates a lightweight yet sturdy material that is easy to cut, shape and work with. Foam board comes in various thicknesses and sizes and is often used to make displays, models, posters, artwork and other creative applications.

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Advantages of foam board

Foam board offers several advantages that make it a popular material for a variety of projects:

  1. Lightweight: Foam board is lightweight, making it easy to handle and suitable for various applications without adding extra weight.
  2. Easy to Cut and Shape: This material can be easily cut, sliced and shaped using standard tools such as knives and scissors. This makes it ideal for creative projects that require precision and customization.
  3. Sturdy and Durable: Despite its light weight, foam board is surprisingly sturdy and durable. It can take a beating and holds its shape well, which is essential for projects that last.
  4. Versatility: Foam board is versatile and can be used for a wide range of projects. It can be easily manipulated to meet various creative needs.
  5. Affordability: Foam board is generally affordable and available in different price ranges depending on its quality and size. This makes it a cost-effective option.
  6. Insulating Properties: Because of its foam core, foam board has some insulating properties, such as heat and sound absorption. This can be useful for your sim rig projects that require noise reduction or temperature control.
  7. Environmentally friendly: Some foam boards are made from recycled materials and can be recycled after use. This makes them an eco-friendly choice for creative projects.

All in all, foam board offers a combination of convenience, versatility and durability, making it a perfect choice for creative projects for in your sim rig.

5 Sim Rig Ideas With Foam Foard

In the case of sim racing and your simulator, foam board can be used for cockpit lining, sound absorbing panels, among other things, sim racing roof, sim racing canopy or custom dashboards. We cover these ideas briefly now. So get inspired by these sim rig ideas with foam board.

Sim Rig Ideas #1: Cockpit Upholstery

Using foam board for an immersive cockpit trim is a super idea. By carefully cutting the foam board to size and strategically placing it around your steering wheel, shift lever and pedals, you can recreate the environment of a real race car. I have used this material, among other things, to seal up the sides of my Sim Lab P1-X, as well as to simulate a closed cockpit at my pedals. This makes every racing session an immersive experience where you really feel like you are in the cockpit of a race car. Adding the foam board adds a tangible dimension to your simulation, resulting in an exhilarating and realistic racing experience.

You can choose to apply different textures and patterns to the foam board to replicate the feel of materials such as carbon fiber or brushed metal. I chose not to apply any further processing but by just keeping it black.

Sim Rig Ideas #2: Visual and Sound Absorbing Panels

To fully immerse yourself in the virtual racing world and race undisturbed, here's an innovative idea to consider: using foam board to black out everything around you. This minimizes environmental distractions, light and visual disturbances, allowing you to fully focus on racing in your own cockpit. Among other things, I placed foam board against the wall, but also behind my monitors so that no light from the PC can penetrate my cockpit.

Using foam board as sound absorbing panels can have a significant impact on the quality of your simulation experience. By placing foam board panels around your sim rig, you can reduce ambient noise and concentrate fully on the game. This is especially important if you are playing in an environment with external noise sources. Consider using multiple layers of foam board for an effective sound barrier. This not only helps immerse you in the game, but also provides a more immersive and undisturbed simulation experience.

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Sim Rig Ideas #3: Sim Racing Roof

Another innovative idea is to use foam board to create a sim racing roof for your sim racing setup. This roof can serve as protection from ambient light, glare and unwanted distractions while racing. Do you want a sim racing roof that is lightweight and easy to install? Then using foam board is absolutely recommended.

sim racing roof foam board

Using foam board, you can design and build a roof that fits seamlessly with your sim rig and canopy, creating a streamlined and cohesive look. You can cover and craft your roof with a cool carbon vinyl wrap for a unique look!

For example, you can add your favorite sponsor logos or even your own designs. By integrating graphics, you make your sim racing roof not only functional, but also visually appealing and all yours. This personalization adds an extra layer of involvement and fun to your sim racing experience, immersing you even more in the world of virtual racing.

I finally chose to replace my sim racing roof made of foam board with a sturdier version that I made from mdf. How I did that can be read in this extensive article.

sim racing roof

Sim Rig Ideas #4: Sim Racing Canopy

If you don't want a fully enclosed cockpit roof, then a sim racing canopy is a good alternative. Using foam board as a building material, you can create a custom sim racing canopy that is not only functional, but also visually appealing and customizable to your own taste. With foam board, you can personalize and customize your sim racing canopy to your own style and preferences by adding graphics. Consider using stickers, decals or cut designs from foam board to give your canopy a unique look. An example of a canopy can be found below. This example is not mine, but was created by a user on Reddit posted. Be inspired!

sim racing canopy

Sim Rig Ideas #5: Dashboards

A final innovative idea to take your sim racing experience to the next level is to use foam board to create an integrated dashboard that blends seamlessly with your sim racing hardware and the in-game cockpit. With foam board, you can easily mimic the contours of a real dashboard and then cover it with a carbon vinyl wrap or luxurious alcantara suede. This creates a sophisticated aesthetic that transforms your sim racing setup into a realistic racing cockpit.

The soft texture of alcantara suede not only adds visual splendor, but also offers a comfortable touch while placing your hands on the dashboard. This innovative idea adds a tactile dimension to your sim racing experience, making you feel even closer to the feel of a real race car. Below is a fantastic example of a member on RaceDepartment Of a DIY sim racing dashboard. All credits go out to this user. As you can see, the possibilities are endless and you can make it exactly the way you want.

A final word

In the exciting realm of sim racing, foam board offers a world of sim racing ideas to elevate your gaming experience. Whether you aim for realistic cockpit trim, a sim racing roof or canopy, a personalized dashboard or an all-black environment; foam board is ready to make your vision a reality.

The versatility and simplicity of this material allow you to transform your sim racing setup into an immersive and functional environment that immerses you fully into the world of virtual racing. With foam board as your creative ally, you will achieve an unparalleled sim racing experience. Saddle yourself up for the ride of your life, because with foam board the possibilities are limitless and the results downright spectacular. I hope this article has managed to inspire you to get started with this versatile material. Don't forget Share your creation with us on our social channels!

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Wilco Verhaegh

For over 15 years I have been a passionate sim racer. My love for racing, motorsport photography and gaming are boundless. I am also proud of my book "Mastering The Art Of Sim Racing," in which I share my knowledge and insights with aspiring sim racers worldwide!