The biggest benefit to RV traveling and camping (other than not sleeping on the ground) is having all the amenities of home with you. Road trips can be much more enjoyable and relaxing when you have a comfortable resting place, from a cozy living room to a tranquil outdoor patio. But, let’s be honest, an RV won’t feel like home the moment you drive it off the lot. It’s up to you to make it cozy and welcoming. So, whether you’re a full-time RVer or weekend warrior, it’s time to transform your RV interior.
We asked and you answered––here are unique and simple ways you can transform your RV into your own rolling home!
Hang Wall Decor
This is the easiest way to “spruce up” any space and add your own special touch with your favorite camper decor. Whether it’s family pictures, inspiring quotes, or photography of the places you hope to visit, hang up whatever makes you happy! You may think it’s impossible to keep decor on the walls with all the movement that happens when you travel. Maybe you’re also worried about putting holes in your RV’s walls. But, fear not! Command hooks, putty, and velcro work wonders. Another option is to use decals that stick right on the wall and are removable, reusable, and affordable!
“I add decorative touches that are easy to just put away in a tote when we are on the road and just take them out when we get to the campground.”-Karla Clark
Add a Rug or Two
Most RVs come with laminate flooring, which makes it easy to clean and care for. You can always replace the flooring if you’re ready for a challenging DIY project. Learn about all the kinds of RV flooring and which one is right for you.
One thing is for certain, a cold hard floor is not exactly comfy. A small area rug near the couch can not only add some color and texture but also create some separation of spaces so your living room feels less like a part of the kitchen. Kitchen mats are great for adding comfort while you cook, runners are helpful for heavily trafficked areas, and every bathroom, no matter how small, needs a bath mat!
“Rug from India, throw pillows, crocheted a blanket for the living room, lots of little knick-knacks that we set out once we’re settled.” – Jayne Harman Hintz
Replace Valances with Curtains
There’s something about valances that feel much more like an RV than a home. It’s amazing what curtains will do to make the space feel warmer and inviting. You can use the same lightweight, adjustable curtain rods you would for a house. Finding curtains of the right length might be a challenge, but you can easily hem them without a sewing machine using hem tape and an iron! If your RV has a lot of windows, you may not want curtains on every window. Reupholstering the valences with your choice of fabric and a staple gun, might be a better option for some windows.
Make it Cozy with Throw Pillows and Blankets
Nothing says “cozy” like throw pillows and blankets and having a comfortable area where you can relax is what home is all about. Consider your couch and bed to be naked without some pillows and blankets! This is also a great way to add in some color and patterns into the design. Since, most RV interiors are shades of brown, adding color in small ways can make a huge difference to the overall appearance of items within your RV bedroom. If you already have throw pillows but don’t like the fabric, consider purchasing a pillow cover or recovering them yourself. Again, you can use hem tape and an iron if you don’t want to sew! For small trailers, make the most of your space with savvy teardrop camper additions and accessories.
“Replaced mattress with 13” memory foam mattress right away plus bring along your pillows.” – Patty Maloney Whipkey
Paint the Walls and/or Cabinets
This is a bigger project, but one that can completely transform the interior of your RV. White walls and cabinets can make a space feel much larger than it is. Painting allows you to add any color you want to make the interior match your personality and style. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of painting, simply removing the wallpaper border that comes in many RV’s can also help!
One final tip for making your RV feel more like home is keeping it neat and organized. It can be tough to know how to fit all your belongings in such a small space, but avoiding clutter is crucial. Be sure to read our tips for organizing the inside of your RV for helpful products and hacks for maximizing the storage space.
They say, “home is where you park it” but your RV is more likely to feel like home with the tips we shared. A welcoming interior, and fully outfitted RV patio make for the complete comfortable camping experience. It doesn’t take much to do a makeover, but it can make a world of difference in how it feels. The only thing better than RVing is having a little piece of home with you wherever you go!
Lindsay McKenzie travels full-time in her Winnebago Navion with her husband Dan and their 2 dogs. Originally from Colorado, they have been seeking adventure together for 10 years now and have done a lot of international traveling, including living in Costa Rica. They took the leap into full time RVing after experiencing life-altering news. They viewed the news as a life “detour” and started a travel and inspirational blog called Follow Your Detour. Lindsay has grown more passionate about pursuing her dreams and a leading a fulfilling life, while inspiring others to do the same. She loves that RVing allows her to be in nature and do more of what she loves. You can usually find her on the river fly fishing, hiking to sunset spots, or at a local brewery. (All photos by Lindsay McKenzie, except where noted.)