5 Ways to Make Your RV Feel More Like Home 250541

The biggest benefit to RV traveling and camping (other than not sleeping on the ground) is having all the amenities of home with you. Road trips can be much more enjoyable and relaxing when you have a comfortable resting place. But, let’s be honest, an RV won’t feel like home the moment you drive it off the lot. It’s up to you to make it cozy and welcoming. So, whether you’re a full-time RVer or weekend warrior, here are 5 simple ways you can transform your RV into your home on wheels!

Hang Wall Decor

wall decor in an rv

This is the easiest way to “spruce up” any space and add your own special touch. Whether it’s family pictures, inspiring quotes, or photography of the places you hope to visit, hang up whatever makes you happy! You may think it’s impossible to keep decor on the walls with all the movement that happens when you travel. Maybe you’re also worried about putting holes in your RV’s walls. But, fear not! Command hooks, putty, and velcro work wonders. Another option is to use decals that stick right on the wall and are removable, reusable, and affordable!

Add a Rug or Two

Rug in an RV

Most RVs come with laminate flooring, which makes it easy to clean and care for. However, a cold hard floor is not exactly comfy. A small area rug near the couch can not only add some color and texture, but also create some separation of spaces so your living room feels less like a part of the kitchen and vice versa. Kitchen mats are great for adding comfort while you cook, runners are helpful for heavily trafficked areas, and every bathroom, no matter how small, needs a bath mat!

Replace Valances with Curtains

curtains in an RV

There’s something about valances that feel much more like an RV than a home. It’s amazing what curtains will do to making the space feel more warm and inviting. You can use the same lightweight, adjustable curtain rods you would for a house. Finding curtains the right length might be a challenge, but you can easily hem them without a sewing machine using hem tape and an iron! If your RV has a lot of windows, you may not want curtains on every window. Reupholstering the valences with your choice of fabric and a staple gun, might be a better option for some windows.

Make it Cozy with Throw Pillows and Blankets

Nothing says “cozy” like throw pillows and blankets and having a comfortable area where you can relax  is what home is all about. Consider your couch and bed to be naked without some pillows and blankets! This is also a great way to add in some color and patterns into the design. Since, most RV interiors are shades of brown, adding color in small ways can make a huge difference to the overall appearance. If you already have throw pillows but don’t like the fabric, consider purchasing a pillow cover or recovering them yourself. Again, you can use hem tape and an iron if you don’t want to sew!

Paint the Walls and/or Cabinets

This is a bigger project, but one that can completely transform the interior of your RV. White walls and cabinets can make a space feel much larger than it is. Painting allows you to add any color you want to make the interior match your personality and style. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of painting, simply removing the wallpaper border that comes in many RV’s can also help!

One final tip for making your RV feel more like home is keeping it neat and organized. It can be tough to know how to fit all your belongings in such a small space, but avoiding clutter is crucial. Be sure to read our tips for organizing the inside of your RV for helpful products and hacks for maximizing the storage space.

home is where you park it

They say, “home is where you park it” but your RV is more likely to feel like home with the tips we shared. It doesn’t take much to do an interior makeover, but it can make a world of difference in how it feels. The only thing better than RVing is having a little piece of home with you wherever you go!

Lindsay McKenzie Contributor
Lindsay McKenzie travels full-time in her Winnebago Navion with her husband Dan and their 2 dogs. Originally from Colorado, they have been seeking adventure together for 10 years now and have done a lot of international traveling, including living in Costa Rica. They took the leap into full time RVing after experiencing life-altering news. They viewed the news as a life “detour” and started a travel and inspirational blog called Follow Your Detour. Lindsay has grown more passionate about pursuing her dreams and a leading a fulfilling life, while inspiring others to do the same. She loves that RVing allows her to be in nature and do more of what she loves. You can usually find her on the river fly fishing, hiking to sunset spots, or at a local brewery. (All photos by Lindsay McKenzie, except where noted.)

76 Comments

    1. I am thinking of stapling one over my door. It already has that material on a board thing, afraid to pull that off, so just put new fabric on it ?!

    2. WalMart us them. I covered our valences with bright colored material. Different material for the bedroom. I also took a heavy indoor outdoor material in one solid color and sewed it to the curtain for the front of the RV. I call it my accent wall.

    1. Try Glidden Gripper. It not only paints over wallpaper, it will also paint over fabric if you have ugly fabric valances. I’m using it as a primer while restoring our ’88 Gulfstream.

    2. Check out the peel an apply wall coverings you can find even on Amazon and Wayfair. I have seen it in RVs alreayd and it looked great. I am wondering if I should try it.

  1. Can we replace the non-recling sofa in our RV with recliners? The sofa in our A.C.E Thor is NOT comfortable at all AND no place to rest your feet..how much would it cost? anyone?

    1. We are going to replace a love seat with 2 recliners. From the dealership it’s 1400.00. Hoping to do better at lazy boy

      1. We just purchased 2 small lazy boy recliners for our camper and love them! They come in 2 pieces are are easy to get through the door.

      2. Glad to hear this. One reason I still haven’t taken the leap to sell home and go full time. I like my decorations and color.

      3. We ordered 2 recliners online for both was less than $300 . a was a bundle of 2. They are also wall huggers are whatever you call them. You can recline them out even though they are sitting close to wall. Make sure and measure your area you are wanting to put them. The shipping was free also.

      4. I replaced my sofa with a reclining loveseat. I paid $450 for mine from Wayfair. My brother wanted the same one for his travel trailer and I lucked up and caught it on sale for $384 on Amazon. Look for “Bill reclining loveseat” It comes in a box in 5 pieces which simply slide together for easy assembly. Will easily fit through an RV door. I think the info says it will fit through a 26.6 inch door. Very comfortable and great quality. Has excellent online reviews.

    2. We replaced an old uncomfortable couch in our first fifth wheel and took out two worn out ugly recliners. We did not replace the couch with a couch instead since it is just myself and my husband we put in two glider-rocker recliners. We put one where the couch was with a small narrow end table with a drawer,. And put the other one in the end section where the two other recliners came out of and another small narrow end table with a drawer. Thus giving us our own space. Last Oct. we upgraded from a 32′ fifth wheel to a 36′. The couch in this one is nicer and therefore it is staying. But the two recliners in it were not comfortable at all. So out they went and Lazy Boys came in. Good to go !!

    3. Hi, we took our leather couch out and put in two nice lazy boy recliner chairs that we found on sale!! We love it so much, more comfortable and we put the couch in our spare room which has a queen bed in it for when my grandkids come to stay the night. We also changed out the gold bedspread with a pretty color spread, looks so much more like home!! I use place mats for meals and have flowers on the table and by my sink, make it pretty!

    4. RecPro makes a loveseat recliner that looks like it will work nicely. We’re planning on replacing ours sometime soon. It will be around $779.00, delivered to our home within the week of ordering. (RecPro.com)

    5. We just received a double reclining sofa with center console from RecPro. Very comfortable. We had the same problem with our Thor Vegas. Couch was awfully uncomfortable.

  2. My husband and I put up a back splash in our RV kitchen and the bathroom. We love it and get compliments all the time.

      1. You can get thin metal sheets we put a piece next to fridge and stove is awesome got it at Lowe’s or Home Depot can’t remember

  3. My husband tore out the awful bench seat around the dining table and the awful sofa. We bought a leather futon-style sofa at Costco to sit on or lay flat for a bed. He trimmed the dining table a couple of inches and we bought a chair to sit in at the table. That’s where I sit when I’m using my laptop.

  4. To make it more homey, I have problems with microwave ovens place so high I see the bottom of the oven – on the outside not the bottom where the turntable is. My question then is “will the manufacturer pay for the emergency room when I get burned by trying to take something hot out of the microwave where I am not sure where the floor of the oven is?

  5. My boyfriend and I just bought our first RV and we have alot to learn. We love watching your you tube videos they are very helpful. Thank you

  6. Our ‘new’ prep wed rv has mirrors mirrors and more mirrors backspace wall is mirrors.dont want to get into a mess removing them but would like to cover them with something mor homey any suggestions.

  7. I agree with removing the valances. I’ve taken mine down and am in the process of putting up curtains with matching valances. I’m going to install the curtain rods higher than the window and wider to create the illusion of larger windows. That method will eliminate the need to hem the curtains. Walmart has the double curtain rods for the valance and curtain to be installed together.

  8. well I have done 4out of 5 can’t bare rge thought of painting! Plus our Tiffin has beautiful tile onost of the walls. We went with Wayfair(“has just what I need” ), Pier I ,Amazon and Walmart. This expense should figured into the cost of initial ownership just like the taxes!

    1. Walmart online sells short queen mattress. It has a 2″ gel top…love it!! It coves in a box, and expands when you open it,so you want to open the box in the motorhome.

  9. We just bought our first motor home (used) and I love the idea of replacing the couch with recliners. Our couch is in the slide out, ho do you anchor the recliners? Or is it even necessary?

    1. I found it at Walmart over a year ago! But I’d still check their decals – near the paint. Also, Amazon has everything 🙂 Good luck

  10. I would like to replace the chairs at ur dining set with storage benches. Be alot easier and dont have to tie them down. Is there a place we can trade 4 chairs for 2 storage benches ???

  11. I would also like to know how to replace my couch in my slide with recliners. I don’t believe it can be done in my Shadow Cruiser. Slide seems too flimsy to anchor a love seat that reclines or 2 recliners. Anyone? I can’t see myself moving the furniture every time we put the slide in or out.

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