Most RVs when you first purchase them are pretty cookie cutter. Drab walls, neutral tones, and just no personality. They come with standard furnishings that don’t excite even the most mundane of designers. They are mass-produced, not custom-built.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t make your RV your own. It’s easy to customize and show your personal flair within the four walls of your home on wheels. You don’t need a lot of money and you certainly don’t need to hire a professional.
These DIY ways to personalize your RV cost little, yet add so much to the look of your RV.
Add LED Lighting
The right lighting adds a lot of ambiance to your RV space. LED lights are energy-efficient and come in every color. They also come with dimmer switches and timers. Adding this type of lighting also makes sense from a cost perspective – they use up to 75% less energy than standard incandescent lights. Switching to LEDs will also give your RV battery a much-needed break. Here is a great guide covering the process.
If you’re not a fan of your RVs sofa or bench cushions or even the headboard, there’s an easy fix – the no-sew reupholster. This is a great alternative for those who just don’t like to sew! All you need is some of your favorite fabric, hardboard, and a staple gun. If you’re new to this method of reupholstery, this is a great guide to get you started.
Wall Paper or Decals
Forget your mother’s kitschy wallpaper. That’s so 1970s! Today’s wallpaper is much more sophisticated and includes handy peel-and-stick styles that don’t look cheap and aren’t full of toxic chemicals. One of the benefits of peel-and-stick wallpaper is that it’s easy to remove, so you can easily swap it out if you are tired of it. This article is great at detailing how to pick the perfect wallpaper for your RV space. There’s a surprising array of options to suit any aesthetic.
Install New Flooring
If you’ve ever installed tile or wood flooring yourself, you know how back-breaking and tedious it can be! Not so for RV floors. There are peel-and-stick flooring options here, as well. If you’d rather replace your current flooring with high-quality wood flooring, it’s best to consult an expert. But if you’re just looking to spruce up the look of your RV floors, the peel-and-stick route is a great way to go. Most RV floors are vinyl, so cutting around those tight corners is easy.
Paint an Accent Wall
If you’ve spent any time watching HGTV, you know the value of a good accent wall! You can just as easily give your RV a facelift by painting or wall-papering accent walls. Pro tip: if your RV has vinyl or wood veneer walls, be sure to use a gripper primer and sealer so that the paint doesn’t peel off. If you’re not happy with the results, give it a few days. Accent walls can be a little strange to get used to, at first. You may change your mind after a few days and after a few compliments from visitors.
Replace the Faucets
RV faucets are notorious for being ho-hum and cheap. If you spend a lot of time in your RV kitchen, you will really appreciate having a high-quality, attractive faucet you are proud of. This is a high-touch feature, after all, and it’s a simple upgrade. Just keep in mind two things: make sure the faucet you buy is compatible with your RV’s water connection. You may need to purchase an adapter if it’s not. Secondly, make certain you disconnect your water source before you make the switch!