Modern RV Renovations On A Budget

By Court Lundy

If you’re looking to remodel your RV in order to rent it out or just because you want a beautiful change - you don’t have to break the bank to do so. You can get crafty and do it on a budget while making your RV look brand new!

From repainting cabinets to replacing the carpets, whatever you choose to do will make your home away from home more stunning than it was! Modern RVs are all the rage these days, and you deserve to travel in style. So if you’re looking to remodel your RV while saving a few bucks, then keep on reading. 

 Colour Scheme

Create A Colour Scheme

Choosing a colour scheme to go along with your renovations is very important. Most modern RVs these days incorporate wood in their decor, but that doesn’t mean you have to go along that road as well. Some colours that you can use which always seem to be in style are greys, blacks and creams, which you can always accent with a few pops of colour!

When choosing a colour scheme, it is important that it remains consistent throughout the RV. Some people say brown and black don’t match, but it could look very nice when done right. Wooden floors and cabinets with black accents could make your RV look brand new!

You can also incorporate a pop of colour into your RV to really spice things up. Whether it’s navy, a light pink, or maybe even a turquoise, adding a burst of colour to your RV can help to make it feel more welcoming by breaking up the darkness from all of the wood and neutrals! This can be achieved with coloured pillows, pictures, and other decorative accents. 



Redesign The Cabinets and Floors

A lot of the time, RVs come with a standard colour for the cabinets and floors. While the preset colours of wood and cabinetry are completely fine, you can take your RV interior to the next level by updating the wood and customizing the cabinetry to suit your taste. Wood comes in a ton of different colours, from greyish wood to cherry wood - you can always find something that you like.

Or maybe you’d rather paint the cabinets white to give them more of an open feel and keep the wood for the floors. The great thing about renovations is only your taste matters! Brand new floors and cabinets will give your RV an updated look that will make it look and feel new. The great thing is, you can choose from tile or laminate wood flooring so it shouldn’t cost too much either.



Put In New Countertops

Maybe the countertops don’t go with your new look. That’s fine too! Since counter space in an RV is pretty limited, the amount you’ll have to pay to replace it isn’t that much. You could go for a marble dupe countertop that will give you a very expensive look, or you could go for a plain colour if that’s the look you want.

With countertops, the options are many and they can really change the look and feel of a space completely. As the kitchen is such an integral part of the RV that everyone sees, it is important to make sure that that what you choose to do to update it matches with the overall theme of your RV. That way, you can ensure that it looks sleek and on a minimum budget!



Make A New Living Room Space

Don’t get me wrong, the living room space in RVs is great. However, if you want to have additional space and a modern look for your living room space, especially if you are living in your RV full-timethere's always room for improvement. Sometimes the living room in an RV just consists of a booth and a table, and other times it can be a full couch. If it’s a full couch, you can decide to switch it out for something that is more fitting for your colour scheme.

However, if you have a booth, there is still a lot that you can do with it. You can replace it and decide to put a couch in there instead, or you can simply refurbish the booth and table and make it look more modern. A lot of RV dining booths have patterns on them that may not match the theme you’re going for, so you can cover the seats with a seat cover that matches your theme more.

This is where you can get creative! A couch or a booth can make your RV look completely different, especially depending on what material you decide to go for. A leather couch looks a lot more different than a suede one, so choose something that will match your taste, and more importantly, will show off your personality!

That being said, if you’re on a budget, it would save you a lot of money to just remodel whatever you have, which means the best idea may be to keep the booth and just change the style of it by repainting the table, for example.



Update Your Appliances

It’s pretty crazy how the smallest details can make a huge difference. Changing the design of your fridge and even just the handles on your cabinets can make your RV look and feel so much more modern. These two things may seem silly, but in retrospect, they play a huge part in tying it all together. This can be done on a budget as well, as these changes don’t cost a lot of money.

Maybe you’re going for a silver accent theme. This would be a great way to incorporate silver handles, and even put in some stainless steel appliances. This is definitely not a need, especially if you’re on a tight budget.



Make The Living Room Feel Like Home

These days, modern means sleek. And if you really want your RV to have a modern twist to it, there are many great options for things you can add to your RV to make it feel more like home. If you’re willing to spend a little extra money, adding a fireplace and a flatscreen TV can make your new space look more modern.

TVs for RVs can be anywhere from $100 to $300, but you don’t have to opt for the more expensive one. You can also buy a smaller flatscreen TV on Kijiji with a wall mount that lets you watch TV from anywhere in the living room for a fraction of the price. These additions will add a nice touch to your renovations.



Make The Bedroom Like A Master

Just because you’re staying away from home doesn’t mean you should feel like it. The master bedroom should have the same vibe, and it’s easy to do so. Bringing the colour schemes into the bedroom will make a huge difference. I’m talking about the bedding, the curtains, the pillows, and even the closets!

All of the things above can be changed look be more modern. You can add mirrors to the closets, make the curtains white and flowy or change the bedding to match something you would have at home - the options are endless. If your colour scheme throughout the RV is cream and grey, then it should be brought into the bedroom as well.

There are endless options to make the bedroom look modern, just as long as you stick to the same rules that you have in the living room. If you are lucky enough to have an RV with multiple beds (including bunk beds), follow the same rules throughout as well.

Bunk beds can be harder to upgrade, but you can always change up the bedding! Adding a nice curtain to block off the bunk beds until bed time is a good idea as well, and it will keep your RV looking clean if you’re too busy to make the beds.



Add In Fun Accessories

Adding accessories can do so much for your RV as well. Adding fake plants around your space can make a huge difference to the appearance of your RV. The addition of a nice rug in front of the couch or even in the kitchen will give the RV a warm vibe, and can go along with the colour scheme you chose.

No matter what small change you make, it will make the RV look like a whole different place in the end. All of these accessories are super affordable at places like Dollorama and Ikea, and you’ll be able to find something no matter what your vibe is.



With all of that being said, you're probably wondering where you can get all of these things on a budget. Remodelling does not have to be expensive at all, as you can get most of these items at stores that offer low prices. Here are some key examples: 


Maybe you're looking for certain pieces that can be added to your RV; kitchen tables, chairs, a couch, etc. Kijiji is a great place to look for discounts and even if you think it looks used, you can refurbish it by painting it or giving it a new look! You can find new and used items on Kijiji which will make great staples in your new and improved RV. 


Winners is a great place to find accessories. Whether you're looking for pillows, blankets, or even just little nick-nacks, you're bound to find it at a great price at Winners. They have everything you could want and more, and a lot of the time their products are on sale. If you're looking to make your RV look homey and comfortable, then definitely head to Winners. 


Bedding and other home decor can be expensive at some places. Ikea is the go-to for a lot of things but you can find great options for curtains, rugs, dishes, and even storage! If you're redoing your kitchen, you may be able to find inexpensive pieces like handles, faucets, countertops, and more. 


It's no lie that Amazon has everything you could ever need and more, even when it comes to your RV! If you're looking to put in a fireplace and a TV, you can definitely find some affordable options on Amazon. This is also a great place to get a wall mount for the TV and other tech stuff you may need for your RV. 


For an entire week each year, Lowes has an anniversary sale where you can get unreal deals. If you're looking for new furniture or any kitchen supplies, you can find it here or you can wait for their sale to really get a good deal. If you're looking to get new floors, they always have great sales on their flooring which can save you a lot of money while still getting the exact look you want. 

Remodelling your RV is not necessary if you're renting it out, but it can be a fun project for you to do if you're looking to get creative. The process of redoing everything can make your RV feel brand new, allowing you to breathe new life into your beloved. If you're looking to remodel your RV to make it more modern, then the above ideas will really help you out. 

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