Thousands of Americans are taking to the road in an increasingly wide variety of RVs, mobile homes, campers, and more. These units offer an incredible amount of freedom, but the small living space can sometimes feel stale. Many owners feel that there is nothing that can be done to update it, and that they must simply tolerate whatever they get with the RV itself. There are many modifications that can change the look and feel of your RV’s interior, from small changes like slipcovers and cushion covers to larger more expensive projects like a new floor. With any combination of these changes, you’ll see a big difference in the way your RV’s interior space looks.
Using Slipcovers To Change Built-In Furniture
Most RVs come with company standard furniture in colors that may not be appealing. Although there is usually some choice with upholstery, it is rare to find a company that lets you choose a fabric for a reasonable price. Many RV owners choose to circumvent the restrictions by purchasing slipcovers to go over the seats in their units. These slipcovers are easy to put in place and look natural, but can be made in any of a vast number of design choices. They are typically custom made, allowing them to fit seamlessly even on the sometimes oddly shaped furnishings in an RV.
Slipcovers have another advantage: they are easy to care for. Keeping them clean is as simple as washing them every so often, and they can be easily replaced if necessary. In addition, they keep the original fabric underneath them free from wear and tear. Without the stress of daily use, the fabric underneath the slipcovers can last a lot longer, meaning that the RV owner won’t have to spend money to reupholster it.
Adding Color With Cushion Covers
When RV owners look to make a small change with a big impact, they often look to cushion covers. These fit over an existing cushion, but have a different color, pattern or texture that adds visual interest. Cushion covers can be used on couch cushions, or any other kind – it’s all a matter of personal choice. These too are typically custom fit to ensure that there are no gaps. Good cushion covers are very durable and made with reinforced seams to ensure that they can stand up to years of use. Many designers use them in conventional homes, and they can have just as much design impact in an RV.
Big Impact, Big Commitment: New Flooring
Without doubt, there can be tremendous value in adding new flooring. If your old floor is worn out after years of use or stained, it can even be a necessity. There is a big payoff to new flooring, but there is also a big payout. It is one of the most expensive interior changes that can be made to an RV unit, and it will require a professional to do it. Most importantly, you have to be sure that you love the floor you’ve picked. You can’t easily undo your choice if it doesn’t look right once the floor is in.
A well chosen floor can give an RV a completely new appearance. It isn’t always as dramatic as accent slipcovers because it isn’t usually as immediately noticeable, but it certainly changes the overall feeling. For some owners, it is absolutely worth the investment. Just be certain that you are choosing the right floor material, and that it is going to be installed by a qualified professional.
There are many small changes that, when put together, can make an RV feel very different. A change as simple as rearranging your shelves can make it feel like an entirely new space. Most owners, however, want something a bit more salient than that. There are many small touches that can be made around the cabin to add new visual interest. Finding them is as easy as taking a look around.
One of the easiest small touches is also the most often overlooked. Adding window treatments to an RV is an easy way to give it an update. Plus, it has almost as much visual impact as adding cushion covers because the eye is naturally drawn to windows. Consider trying to match your window treatments to your upholstery, if the company offers matching fabric. If not, consider combining slipcovers and new window treatments – most companies will happily sell you extra fabric to match your cushion covers. If you can’t match your current fabric, be sure that you are complementing it with your new additions. Dream of the design you want, but always choose colors for the scheme you have.