Making Your RV a Home

Traveling in an RV can be great. You can bring along your own accommodations, sleep with the comfort of your own blankets, and know exactly which drawer the silverware is in.

If you recently purchased an RV and want a more homey atmosphere on your travels than a hotel can bring, you might be disappointed by the current sterile and uniform atmosphere of your RV. A brand new or rarely used RV will not yet have that comfortable and cozy atmosphere you associate with home.

The good news is that it is easy to make your camper feel more like a home! Follow these few simple tips to begin making your RV into your home away from home.

Hang decorations

Decorate plain wall spaces with your own family photographs, travel photography, inspirational quotes, or other favorite images. Decorating interior walls isn’t quite as simple as hammering something into the wall because some RVs have electrical equipment or other vital systems under walls — puncturing walls could cause permanent damage. Consider using command strips, putty, or reusable decals that can come off easily.

Add plants

There are many great benefits to adding plants to your RV. Not only are they pleasing to look at, but they are good for your physical and mental health. You might even choose to grow herbs, which have an additional benefit of providing seasoning for food.

Add mementos

One of the quickest ways to make your RV feel like home is to add a few of your favorite mementos. If you have a few books or small decorations that make you happy, bring them along! Keep in mind they’ll have to be secured while the RV is moving, so whatever you bring should be small.

Throw rugs down

Depending on the age of your RV, the floor of your RV is likely a laminate flooring that is easy to clean but not very cozy. While laminate flooring inside an RV is practical, adding a few rugs can help your space feel more comfortable. Rugs also help to separate living spaces. For example, a small throw rug in front of your couch can separate your living room space from your kitchen.

Make your bed cozy

Most RVs come with basic mattresses that are uncomfortable, but even small sized RV mattresses can be upgraded to something better! You’ll need a mattress that fits your space, so do some research before choosing one.

You can also upgrade your bed by adding your own pillows, sheets, and blankets from home. Adding your own familiar bedding to a quality mattress is a small way to instantly make your RV feel more like home.

Add pops of color

Most RVs come with brown or grey walls and floors, which can make your RV seem less personal. Some individuals opt to paint a wall or two their favorite colors, but this might not be the best option if you’re eventually planning on selling your RV. For less permanent pops of color, add throw pillows or throw rugs in your favorite color to the main living space.

Switch your lights out

The standard overhead lights in RVs are practical, but are often fluorescent and are hard on your eyes. Adding a few LED lights or string lights can provide alternative lighting for those times when you don’t need or want to turn the main overhead lights on. This adds some personal touches to your RV, plus your eyes will experience less eye strain. Also, you may want to consider getting RV awning lights for your front porch.

Upgrade Appliances

Depending on your needs, you might want to upgrade or add some of the standard appliances throughout your RV. For example, if you want to do laundry from the comfort of your RV instead of a laundry mat, consider adding a washer/dryer combo. Just because you’re away from home doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of the luxuries of home.

Use space wisely

While personalizing your RV is important, it’s also important that you don’t clutter your space up. RVs are only so big, and going overboard with decor will make space feel small.

To make the best of your small space, purge useless items and find a designated space for everything.  If you find yourself struggling with limited space, research space saving tips and hacks.

Home Away From Home

While it’s ultimately up to you to make your RV into the perfect home for you, following some of the tips above can help you get started.

What are some other ways that you’ve turned your RV into your perfect home away from home?

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