Whether you choose to buy used or pull out the big guns and purchase a brand-new RV, taking your first trip in a new motorhome or travel trailer is an exciting time. That said, most RV decor is not exactly appealing to the average individual. After all, drab browns and grays are not really interesting to look at, as they are completely devoid of all character.
This may be great for making sure the RV doesn’t offend any potential buyers but it also makes for an uninviting living space. Of course, if you plan to spend a lot of time in your new home-on-wheels, you definitely don’t want this to be the case. It’s a great idea to a personal touch to the bland factory decor of your new tiny home.
Now, most people aren’t jumping up and down to get to paint the interior of an RV. After all, these rigs aren’t very roomy and working a paintbrush into all the nooks and crannies can be challenging.
By a similar token, there also aren’t many people who add new furniture in their RV. Finding furniture to fit properly is close to impossible, and getting it through the tiny door is even more so.
Without these options, it’s important that you find other, less drastic ways to change the look and feel of your rig without putting in quite so much effort. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to add that special touch that makes your space yours. Here are a few super easy ideas.
1. Switch out the bedding
In many rigs, the bed is the focal point of the whole place. For that reason, choosing the bedding to match your personality can make an enormous difference. Bedding can be found at a very low cost, and since changing out the bedspread is literally as easy as making the bed, you shouldn’t have any trouble with this one.
2. Replace the window treatments
Several RVs on the market come equipped with questionable window treatments. If your window coverings are less than attractive, why not change that by removing them and putting up something you love? Simple curtains will do the trick and can be found at most big-box stores like Walmart.
Don’t want to hem the curtains to fit? Try finding tier curtains that are made to cover half of a regular-sized window. These tend to fit RV windows just fine.
If you’re afraid of damaging your walls, consider hanging your curtain rods using Command Hooks. These are easy to hang and easy to remove without leaving a hole behind.
3. Throw down a rug
If you purchased your RV used, there’s a good chance that the floor has seen better days. However, removing the flooring and replacing it with something new is an expensive and time-consuming task. As a temporary solution, find a cute and colorful rug to throw down. This will brighten up the place and take the focus off the unattractive flooring.
4. Cover the couch
Ugly couches are another thing often found in older rigs. While the couch may be in perfect condition, a pattern or color that you hate can turn you off to the piece pretty quickly. Instead of living with the unfortunate look of the thing, why not change it? No, we aren’t suggesting you get a new couch. Instead, cover the current one.
A standard full-size sheet will perfectly fit the average jack-knife RV couch. Tuck any excess into the crack between the top and bottom portions of the couch and push a pool noodle in as well to hold it all in place. If the back or bottom have a tendency to slip off, consider using safety pins or a stapler to attach them.
Other options include throwing a small blanket over the back of the couch or using fun pillows to distract from the unattractive seating.
5. Change the shower curtain
Changing the shower curtain is an easy way to add some character to your RV bathroom. If you want to make the space especially homey, add a small rug and trash can to match.
6. Scent the space
Sometimes, something as simple as a scent can make your place feel more comfortable. Why not give your space a special smell?
Whether you use an oil diffuser, wax warmer, or some sort of plug-in, you are sure to feel more relaxed after your rig begins to smell less like an RV and more like home.
7. Purchase a tablecloth
Another quick and inexpensive change comes in the form of a tablecloth. This change is especially nice if you purchased a used vehicle and the table is old and worn. However, it can be a nice change in newer rigs as well.
If your tablecloth is constantly slipping off the table, try using tablecloth clamps or weights to keep it in place. This will allow you to enjoy meals without fear of everything falling to the floor.
8. Add some wall decor
One of the best ways to give any place some character is to hang wall decor. That said, a good number of RV owners are hesitant to hang anything on their walls for fear of ruining them.
This is where Command Strips step in. Just as the Command Hooks are a great option for hanging curtains in an RV, the strips are ideal for hanging photos and other types of art. Because the strips can be removed without leaving a hole or sticky gunk, you can hang your decor without fear of messing something up.
With these simple tips you can easily turn an average, bland RV into the tiny getaway of your dreams. Of course, this may mean you never want to leave the space, so be prepared to deal with that issue later on.