How to Make Your RV Extra Cozy at Every Budget

Published on October 8th, 2020

One of the best parts of owning an RV is being able to get away whenever you’d like. Taking a trip and escaping into nature can help you recharge and relax. The thought of a long weekend at a nearby campground or extended adventure to a National Park may be enough to spark interest in buying an RV of your own. 

The aesthetic of an RV may not light you up, though. There’s nothing inherently wrong with how RV interiors are designed – in fact, there’s a lot to be said for the creative use of such a small space. It’s just that oftentimes, stock RVs showcase a monochromatic palette or have stiff cushioning, which may not give you the comfort you’re hoping for. That might not not be a big deal to you, especially if you’re only using your rig occasionally. 

But if you hit the road often, or rent out your RV, perhaps you’re looking to make some changes. With a few swaps, you can really make your home on wheels, well – homey!

Man stands in the doorway of his VW bus

How to Make RVs More Comfortable

Having a comfortable RV to come back to after a day on the trails or on the boat makes all the difference in the world. Today, we’ll go room-by-room to share how you can make your RV a cozy, comfortable space. 

But first, we’d recommend taking some time to organize your belongings. There’s nothing more stressful than trying to lounge in a cluttered living room or attempting to cook dinner with crowded countertops – trust us!

Easy RV Bedroom Updates

An easy room to start with is the bedroom. The investment you put in here (as well as the rest of the rooms we’ll walk through) may vary based on how much you use it, but you can pick and choose what works best for you!

Low-Mid Cost Updates

  • Bedding: Linen and cotton are breathable, while flannel may provide more warmth. Choose a set that is soft and comfortable to you.
  • Blankets: It’s always a good idea to have some spare blankets handy! This helps up comfy levels and are must-haves for cool nights.
  • Pillows: Having a supportive pillow is key for a good night’s rest. Consider bringing a few extra pillows, too – many beds are positioned at a wall or tucked in cubbies, which are not fun to roll into!
  • Shades/window treatments: Replace stock shades with ones that block out more light.
  • Lighting: Most bunks and beds come with a light, but sometimes they are placed in an odd position. Add stick-on lights, like these, to have easy access for nighttime reading.

Mid-High Cost Updates

  • Mattress: While a larger investment, replacing your mattress might be the most comfortable swap you can do – read our full guide here on picking the perfect mattress!
  • Mattress topper: Adding a topper, such as memory foam, to the current mattress can save on costs. Keep in mind, you may need to trim to make fit, as sometimes RV mattresses are not standard sized.
Inside a small RV - guitar rests on a bed next to a small kitchenette

RV Living Room Updates

Next, you can tackle the main living space, which typically is a living room/dining space combo. This can also serve as sleeping space for guests and is generally where you’ll spend time lounging. Here are some ways to optimize this area:

Low-Mid Cost Updates

  • Shades/window treatments: Again, you can replace the stock window treatments with ones that block out more light, which may be a nice option if this area will be converted to sleeping quarters at night.
  • Throw pillows: We’re not necessarily recommending you fill your camper with a ton of pillows since space saving is still necessary. But a few throw pillows can do more than add a pop of color – they can also call your name for an afternoon nap or serve as lower back support while eating at the table.
  • Blankets: Those “extra blankets” we mentioned above? When you’re not using them on the bed, fold one or two over the couch for easy access while watching movies in the evenings. 

Mid-High Cost Updates

  • Reupholster seating: Depending on the piece you have in mind, reupholstering can be pricey. That said, if you spend a lot of time in your RV – or live on the road full-time – it may be appealing. You can customize with fabric you want and even replace cushions as needed. If you’re crafty, you can even go the DIY route; some furniture, such as cushions on the dining booth, are a super easy place to start.
  • Replace furniture: If you’re not loving the set up or style of furniture in your RV, there’s always the option to replace entirely. Just make sure to measure everything – RV door included! – to make sure the new items can fit.
Collage of printed photos: an empty train track, a house, a camper van, and a lake

General Cozy RV Updates

With the bedrooms and living space in a good spot, there are still some ways you can bring cozy-vibes throughout the rest of your camper. Some suggestions seem purely aesthetic, though we’d make a case that they’d all create a calm atmosphere.

  • Paint: A fresh coat of paint on the walls or cabinets can update your RV to be uniquely yours. We’d recommend soft colors, such as creams or pale blues, which are easy on the eyes. Lighter colors can also make the space feel bigger!
  • Hardware: Same goes for cabinet hardware – this is an easy update to put your personal touch on. You can also spray paint your current hardware.
  • Towels: Big, plush towels may seem comfy, but there are some downsides – they’re not very absorbent and take up a lot of space. Consider stocking up on linen or Turkish cotton towels. Don’t let their thin appearance fool you – these towels are super absorbent and only get softer over time.
  • Lighting: In addition to the touch-lights shared above, adding string lights is an easy way to make your RV feel cozy. You can hang them in the bedroom, around the living room, kitchen – wherever!
  • Artwork: We’d recommend keeping knick-knacks to a minimum for the sake of space, but there’s nothing wrong with hanging up some photos or inspiring artwork! A framed quote or scratch-off map to document your travels can be fun additions to your RV.

A Few Final Tips

Keep in mind, multi-use items may be your best bet. This helps with space as well as weight. Remember, you can pick and choose what works for you and your budget. It doesn’t cost much to create a cozy space in your RV. There may be items you already own you can pull together! 

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