They don’t call it a mobile “home” for nothing. The whole point of RVing is traveling in comfort — otherwise, you’d just take a car, hit a series of motels and call it a day, right?
When you road trip in an RV, you bring your very own accommodations along with you. You know exactly where you’ll sleep each night and which cabinet door you need to fumble with when it’s time for coffee in the morning. Your rig is supposed to feel like a home away from home!
But especially if you’re renting or you don’t use your RV often, your camper can all too easily feel sterile and decidedly un-homey… anything but comfortable, comforting, and ready for a fantastic trip.
Whether you’re renting a motorhome for a quick weekend trip or full-timing in a travel trailer, there are lots of ways to make your space comfy cozy. In fact, many of them are simple and inexpensive, and totally doable even if you have just an hour or two.
Here are our best tips for how to make a camper feel like home.
How to Decorate an RV
When it comes to decorating the inside of your RV, there are a few special considerations you have to make. It’s not necessarily as simple as it is in your sticks-and-bricks home, where you can just grab a painting, a hammer, and some nails, and go to town.
It’s important not to puncture your RV’s interior walls, since in many cases there’s extensive electrical equipment and other vital systems lurking under the surface — not to mention the fact that you can’t simply plaster over any holes you leave and call it a day. The damages you make to your RV’s interior are more or less permanent!
But that doesn’t mean you can’t hang anything on your RV’s walls. You just have to find the right arrangements and decorating accessories. Here’s our guide to mounting everything from artwork to flatscreen TVs.
But even if you’re not hoping to hang something new on your RV walls, you can still customize your space. Here are some other RV decorating ideas.
RV Decorating Ideas
When it comes to figuring out how to make an RV cozy, a lot of it is simply re-organization.
For instance, that pretty bowl you always use to serve veggie platters or chips and dip in? When you’re parked and stable, place it on your dinette table — and you’ve got an instant decoration. (Better yet: you didn’t have to pay a single extra cent to get it!)
You could also consider putting out your fruit in an artful arrangement, or experimenting with flowers and vases. Of course, no matter what RV decorations you go with, keep in mind that campers and trailers are built to move, so you’ll likely need to store these kinds of items before driving anywhere.
(Alternatively, if your arrangement is small and light enough, you can look into keeping it in place with museum putty.)
You can also make your RV cozier by simply accessorizing with throw pillows, blankets, and other usable items. That way, any money you do spend on the decorating process is, at least, serving more than one purpose.
Plus, come on… is there anything more comforting than curling up on the couch with a great book and a cup of tea?
Some of the best RV decorating tips have nothing to do with decor… at least, not the kind of decor you’re probably thinking of.
For instance, you’ll go a long way toward making your RV feel homier simply by trying to make sure everyone in your travel party has his or her own space. Of course, with a limited living area, not everybody’s going to get their very own bedroom, but you can still try to allow each member of your family to personalize something about the RV, particularly the parts of it they’ll spend the most time in.
This could be as simple as bringing a favorite toy or a small book collection along for the ride. Maybe it’s mom’s countertop spice rack or that box dad always sticks his keys and spare change in when he gets home.
Sometimes, the best interior decor items aren’t even all that cute or even very special. Instead, they’re just the simple, comforting mementos that make you feel more like you’re at home, no matter where in the country — or the world — you go.
RV Interior Upgrades
If you own your own rig, you have some more options when it comes to an interior decor makeover.
For a homey RV interior, it’s best to emphasize utility. After all, it’s a pretty small space, and it can easily start to feel cluttered if you simply keep adding decorations and accessories.
But making an upgrade like installing a washing machine, if you have space for it, or even simply adding curtains over your existing pull-down shades, can really help your motorhome feel like an actual home — and one that makes it easy to keep your clothes clean and get a good night’s sleep, at that!
Here are even more great decor and accessorization ideas for a homey RV interior:
- Get serious about storage so your living space feels more clean, tidy, and manageable. Here are a few creative, DIY ideas to help you get started.
- Use color to your advantage. Make sure your accessories match, or spring for a new set of brightly-colored towels or a set of sheets and pillowcases. A pop of color can turn any space from boring to brilliant.
- You can never have too many spare light sources, and nowadays, LED camping lights are cheap and readily available. String up lights outside on your RV awning, or place them strategically indoors to avoid turning on any harsh fluorescents your camper came with. No one wants to read, camp, or converse under office-style lighting!
- Keep it new by switching it up! You’d be surprised at how much homier and cozier your RV’s interior decor will feel even if you haven’t made a new purchase in ages, simply by rearranging items and moving them around.
What are your go-to solutions to a cozier, homier RV interior? Let us know!