Wow. Where do we even start? Have you ever been on Pinterest? The list of remodeling hacks there could fill a whole array of digital boards–and they do. We know there are a million and one ways to organize little things better, such as creative ways to hang utensils and trash cans, but today we wanted to highlight some bigger changes that will result in a noticeable visual difference for your RV.
Dropping some big coin on reupholstering your sofa is all well and good, and to the folks who have that kind of disposable cash, we salute you. The results can be fantastic, but for those of you on a budget, there is a much easier and less expensive way: cushion slipcovers.
You can use existing pillowcases in a pinch, but if you’re able to find some durable fabric to sew together, measure the long sides a bit larger than the cushion and stitch a rectangle box bottom on one end. You can see a demonstration of that technique here. That edge will face out, and you can then simply slide the cover over the cushion, fold the other end over like a present, attach a strip of Velcro, and fasten it closed on the wall side.
Jealous of your neighbor’s RV with their LED TVs? Those are nice, but you can make up some ground if you have a tablet like an iPad or similar. Pick up a set of four Command hooks from a hardware or hobby store. Make sure the hooks have enough depth to fit the thickness of your tablet device under them when mounted.
Measure where you want your device to be mounted, and make marks for the hook locations. Fasten the hooks, and now you can simply slide your device in from the side. This works especially well if you have slanted walls, where this can sit at a good viewing angle.
Upgrade Your Backsplash
Not all RVs come with those gorgeous kitchen backsplashes. Some are either invisible or kinda basic, we won’t lie. Don’t fret though, the fix is ridiculously easy! You can make your own unique design using chalkboard paint, laminate, or pre-made sections of ceramic tile–just as you would at home. Any of those options can make a very attractive look behind your cooking area, and are quite simple to apply. Those peel-and-stick tile sections are hard to beat, if we’re honest. Have fun!
For the price of a good sandwich, make sure those loose bottles in your fridge and tub shower never fall over again when you’re on the road. Had enough of picking them up? Grab one of those adjustable towel bars, make it the right size, and fasten into place in front of those jars and bottles. Literally $6 apiece. Can’t beat that.
Use Badge Holders To Hang Lights
Ever admire some of those colorful string lights you see all over the campground? Looks like the holidays year-round. Pick up a packet of badge holder clips and use them to hang string lights from your awning. Fasten the clip end to the bottom edge of your awning, and then string the lights through the loop part. And now, you glow.
Child-Sized Front Seat Cot
This was just too much fun to leave out. Remember what it was like to sleep in a hammock as a kid? Now you can make a version of this for your kids or animals to sleep on. This particular example is aimed a bit at those with a motorhome or tall conversion van with room over the cab and doors to hold the cot up, but in theory something similar can be hung in almost any place there is enough space.
Pick up some sections of small-diameter PVC pipe for the long sides and the cross pieces, and the adapters to join everything together. Make the main sleeping area from some nice sturdy cordura fabric, which is the same stuff backpacks are made from. After you sew sleeves in the fabric with heavy-duty all-weather thread, slip the PVC through the sleeves and connect the pieces together to make the frame. Next, run some rope through the long side sections and then through a hole drilled into 4 short "stopper" pieces of radiator hose (so your door paint won’t get scratched) that are used to prevent the rope from slipping back through the door frame. Tie a good knot at the end of the rope on each end to hold it. You want to leave enough height above the hanging cot to comfortably get in and out for your kids, at least 16-18 inches.
That’s it! This is easy to disassemble and store when not in use. Your expense shouldn’t be more than maybe $20-25, and this can be put together in a couple hours. Just don’t forget there’s someone sleeping up there and yank a door open . . . or just use it to store things during the day that don’t sleep.
If you’re anything like us, you can never find small items like keys and sunglasses quickly, especially in an RV, unless there is a dedicated place to contain them, preferably near the door. One of our favorite solutions is a simple piece of wood, at least 12 inches on a side, painted or stained to your preference. Add several metal loops or pipe straps for your glasses and hooks for your keys, mount it on the wall, and now you have an attractive organization system that also looks good in your rig.
Keep Ants Away
Ever camped in the woods? Yeah, us too. Ants and other bugs are a royal pain, so we RVers have had to get a bit creative to call a halt to their enterprising activities. Get some Gorilla Tape and belt out an evil laugh as you wind the tape snugly around any hookup openings or areas where they might sneak in.
That’s just a few ideas, there are literally thousands more out there! If you have any favorite ideas or photos, feel free to share them in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.