10 Easy Do It Yourself RV Projects
With a new season of RVing ahead of us, it’s only natural to look around your camper for things to improve. Most RVs are perfectly functional when you get them, but they look a bit boring. With a few do it yourself RV projects, there are ways to increase the appeal and comfort of these vehicles!
If you’re planning on a serious remodel, you’ll probably need to spend a lot of time and money to get it done. You may even need to bring in professional help. In this guide, we’ll be exploring a few simple do it yourself RV projects that anyone can accomplish with a few tools and a bit of spare change.
Even though these changes may seem small, they can make a huge difference to the overall appearance of your RV! Do as many or as few changes as you want, but you’ll love the results no matter what.
1. Replace furniture cushions
The first thing you can do is focus on your furniture. Most RVs come with a dinette, a sofa, and maybe some chairs. These are often covered by faux leather or fabric. There’s nothing wrong with the natural state of these furniture pieces, but sometimes they start to wear out. Or maybe they just don’t fit the color scheme of your RV!
In most cases, it’s easy to replace the furniture cushions. You just need to rip out the old one and install your preferred model. If that’s too much effort, you can also create slip-on furniture covers for these items. That way you can create a new appearance without messing with the underlying structure. Plus, the covers are easy to swap out and clean.
2. Paint the walls and cabinets
Painting is a very simple do it yourself RV project, but it makes a world of difference. With a few cans of paint and a couple of hours, you can totally transform the look of your interior.
The main thing you need to do here is remove any items that could become stained, carefully tape up the things that need to be protected, and sand the walls down to give the paint a good surface to adhere to. Always wear a protective mask when you sand the walls so you avoid breathing in dust and debris.
Now just add a couple layers of paint to your walls, cabinets, and/or doors. A brighter color scheme can really open up the space and increase the natural light. You can also use some fun colors to add some personality.
3. Update flooring
New flooring is another easy way to spice up your living space. Obviously, it would take a lot of money and effort to completely rip up and replace all the floors in your RV. Luckily, there’s a simpler way to do this! You can just use stick-on flooring. There are plenty of options including faux tiles, wood paneling, etc.
This option is lightweight and gives you a wide selection of colors, textures, and appearances. All you need to do is measure the space, cut the flooring appropriately, and stick it down. Most of these stick-ons are also hardy and easy to clean.
4. Replace windows
You might not think that replacing windows is one of the do it yourself RV projects you can tackle. However, it’s easier to replace them than you might assume! Some RVs have windows that are made from thick plastic. Over time, these can become scratched and foggy, so a replacement makes sense.
Even if you have glass windows, these are not always the most insulated options. There are plenty of manufacturers that sell windows that will fit your RV. Just look for one that is suitable for your model, remove the old windows, and install the new ones. You may need to use caulk to seal up any cracks or holes, but the process is fairly easy. Check out the video below for a full guide.
5. Install new backsplash
Backsplash is another fun way to add your personal style to your RV. This can be installed in your kitchen, bathroom, or along any wall that needs a little pizzaz.
Most backsplash options are cheap, and you can find great stick-on options. If you want something a bit more permanent, you can also opt for a tile that can be applied to walls. You can make backsplashes out of anything including wood, stone, ceramic tiles, or even button and coins!
6. Update lighting
Lighting can really make or break the interior of an RV. If you have dingy lighting, the whole space will feel dark and cramped. On the other hand, extremely bright lights can sometimes wash out the color and make everything feel uncomfortable.
Look for bulbs with a happy medium. Warm tones are great, but make sure they are bright enough to light up the space. You can replace and update the bulbs in your RV without much trouble and it will make a huge difference.
7. Replace fixtures
If you want an easy way to make your RV look unified and classy, try replacing the fixtures. This includes things like faucets, doorknobs, cabinet handles, etc. For instance, you might replace these items with models that are made from dark metal or warm copper.
Fixtures are just small accents, but they can really tie a space together if they all match/complement each other. It’s also pretty cheap to find replacements for these items. It’s a do it yourself RV project that pays big dividends!
8. Cover or replace countertops
Almost every RV has a kitchen space with countertops. These need to be functional, but there’s no reason for them to be boring! If you want to add some visual interest to your countertops, there are stick-on materials you can use to cover the base. These come in all sorts of colors and patterns so you can match your decorating style. Don’t be afraid to cover the countertops in your bathroom as well!
You can also go the extra mile and replace the countertops, but this is a more complex process. Just make sure you choose a lightweight and sturdy material when you replace them.
9. Create an accent wall
You can decorate an accent wall with anything of your choice. Some people like to install wood paneling or a geometric tile design. Others might display knickknacks or a collection that they’re proud of. Signs, artwork, photographs, and other wall hangings work great too! Just let your creative side run wild.
Accent walls are a great do it yourself RV project. This is a place where you can showcase your creativity and really mark the RV as your own. Accent walls work well in your living room or kitchen. Just select a wall that doesn’t have much going on and go to work.
10. Add curtains and matching decorations
Finally, you can add the finishing touches to the interior. Curtains are one of the easiest do it yourself RV projects. You just need a tension rod or some small hooks and a bit of fabric. Curtains are also useful because they provide privacy, improve your insulation, and add a bit of color to your decorating scheme.
Make sure you add a few decorative touches to match your curtains! This might include things like throw pillows, rugs, hand towels, etc. These personal touches will make your RV feel like home.
RVers looking for valuable how-to information have learned to go to the experts. Forums such as iRV2.com and blog sites like RV LIFE, Do It Yourself RV, and Camper Report provide all the information you need to enjoy your RV. You’ll also find brand-specific information on additional forums like Air Forums, Forest River Forums, and Jayco Owners Forum.