For full-time and part-time RVers alike, it is important to create a cozy space to feel at home whether you’re on the road or settled in. With less room than a traditional sticks-and-bricks, especially for those with smaller towable RVs, you’ll want to come up with a strategy to best organize your space while customizing it to appeal to your personal taste. Because of limitless options for décor, furniture, and aesthetics, designing the interior of your RV has the potential to be a stressful and overwhelming task. With some help from our affiliates at RV Inspiration, Wholesale Warranties has compiled a list of helpful tips to make RV-decorating a fun, simple, and rewarding experience!
Tip #1 Seek Inspiration
After a long day of driving on the road or hitting the trails, you want nothing more than to retire to a relaxing space of your own. What better place to start than learning from what those have done before? By conducting some light online research with all the RVing community has to offer, you’ll have easy access to some inspirational ideas.
We recommend Pinterest. This photo and idea-sharing platform is a great, user-friendly place to find and pull ideas from various posters. Type a keyword or key phrase into the search bar and start your daydreaming! Just create a new board for your project idea, then start pinning posts to it. Whether you are using the web or scrolling the mobile app on the go, you can pin posts of different styles and design outlines you find aesthetically appealing. Researching specific themes is another great initial approach because there is so much content that is available to you. The algorithm will learn to cater to your personal aesthetic, suggesting similar ideas based on what you have saved in the past. Wholesale Warranties is also on Pinterest (@wholesalewarran)! We feature several boards for RV life hacks and other general RV-life inspiration.
We also recommend checking out the great content that RV Inspiration has to offer! Seasoned full-time RVers Ashley and Josiah have a website dedicated to RV organization, décor, modifications, renovations, and so much more. They also have an extensive Pinterest account (@rvinspiration) that includes boards specific to RV organization and storage, décor and DIY project ideas, and tons of general inspiration!
Tip #2 Keep Yourself Covered
When it comes to designing and crafting in your dream rig, it’s great to be ambitious! However, keep in mind that certain major changes may affect policy eligibility if you have an RV extended warranty. If you are planning to embark on a DIY remodeling or renovation project, it is important to check with your policy provider to ensure that any changes comply with the parameters outlined in your service contract. You don’t want to dive right into any major changes with the potential of hefty repair costs looming overhead, so how can you go about realizing your customization goals without running the risk of spending thousands on repair bills?
First, reread your extended RV warranty policy for any glaring potential issues you may run into. Look for what items and parts are covered, and scan through the exceptions listed. Then, contact Wholesale Warranties to speak with a highly qualified RV Warranty Specialist for any questions or requests for further information. Being proactive will save you money in the long run, giving you the peace of mind needed to start your passion project!
This is the great news for RVers interested in undertaking an interior design project: when making changes or updating your motorhome, any modification or add-on is unlikely to affect your coverage so long as your RV’s mechanical functions remain intact. That means you will have plenty of wiggle room when it comes to interior design. For instance, installing hooks, racks, shelves, or other wall mounts will not affect mechanical function. You have the creative freedom to add or swap large furniture items, wallpaper, and wall hangings that show off your unique style—all without impacting or invalidating your RV warranty protection! Read our guest article on RV Inspiration’s blog to learn more about warranty eligibility and allowances regarding modification!
Tip #3 Optimizing Storage
In an RV, trying to find a place for every little thing can be challenging. Storing objects properly minimizes shifting during travel, declutters the space, and allows your décor to stand out. In collaboration with our friends at RV Repair Direct, we have a few suggestions to help you keep organized.
Command hooks and strips are an inexpensive way to hang various objects. They utilize an adhesive backing, so you don’t have the hassle of installing hooks with nails or screws. Removal is also much easier. The hooks work well for hanging towels in the bathroom, utensils in the kitchen, and coats by the door. They’re a convenient option if you have limited storage space. You can even use them inside on the inside of cabinet doors. Command strips are perfect for hanging posters, frames, and other wall decorations. Both the hooks and strips come in a different sizes.
For items that can’t be hung up on the wall, storage bins are a tried-and-true method for keeping items tucked away. This is a great solution for those who are in danger of running out of cabinet space. There is a wide selection of cheap bins and containers. Some are very flat and come with wheels, which are helpful for easy access beneath beds or other furniture.
When you’re on the road, you don’t want your kitchen drawers to rattle around. Magnetic boards are a fantastic choice for keeping utensils stationary. It may also be a smart idea to use drawer and shelf liners so that things don’t slide back and forth. Food storage containers are a must, too. All these options are very affordable and will make storage and organization much more manageable, leaving you the room you need to realize your decorating dreams.
Tip #4 Where Practicality and Personality Meet
While planning your interior design project, it can be challenging to strike a balance between style and layout, especially within the limited space of your motorhome or travel trailer. Take inventory of the available space and consider how large any additional items are. It may be a good idea to locate and print your rig’s floorplan to sketch some basic drawings. This will help you visualize how different layouts could work. This strategy is much easier than the hassle of constantly rearranging furniture or squeezing clunky objects through a narrow doorway. Keep in mind, adding large objects also contributes to the overall weight of your RV, an important safety statistic to note. Learn more about RV weight here.
Considering the scale of things is essential. Many RV-specific companies and other large furniture retailers sell furniture and décor designed with the RVer in mind. It is much easier to shop around when you’re not so worried about dimensions. If the RV inventory isn’t broad enough for your unique aesthetic, then shopping for decor in person may be the best option for you. However, if you are living or traveling in a remote location, it is likely that online shopping is the most convenient option for you. Pay close attention to dimensions and product descriptions if that is the case!
Be strategic with your approach by prioritizing. You may find that it’s best to start with the bigger, heavier objects. You don’t want to go through the trouble of hanging that cute wall décor before realizing that your new couch covers the bottom half of it.
Your home on wheels means a lot to you and us. When it comes to making significant, personal changes to your RV, we know you’ll want to be as thoughtful and thorough as possible. With careful, fun-filled planning aided by our interior design tips, your execution will be flawless in both form and function. Enter your information in the boxes to the right for more exclusive RV lifestyle tips, or leave a comment below!