So if you don’t know me yet I tend to change my mind A LOT! There is someone on my Facebook group, RV Interior Ideas, who always teases me when she see’s my posts. When I post I’ve changed my mind again and have come up with something new it doesn’t surprise her and she always has a cute comment to go along with the post. Below is the evolution of the living room layout. 1st what we began with, then the 2nd layout which didn’t work for us, (I’ll explain why in a min), and the 3rd and final layout which I’ve manage to stick with.
So with the 1st setup that is what came with the RV, minus the curtains. I had already changed them out in the 1st photo. But here are what they looked like before when we first got the RV. That was the first thing I did was take them down. Here is the before and final look. I will explain more about the curtains further down in this post.
After living with the original setup for about 2 months we decided that the couch was way to uncomfortable being in part to being able to feel the bar that folded out for the fold out bed. The cushions had also began to sink already like we had the couch for years. The table wasn’t big enough to have 4 people sit at. I mean the table top was big enough but to get in and out of the second chairs by the wall was nearly a hazard! It had become a collect all which I was constantly cleaning up, and it took up too much space in the main living area. Personally I would have loved the kitchen to be a slide out but that’s another topic.
So we sold the dinette and couch to a couple renovating their class a which had a booth type seating. To replace the furniture I got what I thought be a comfortable folding table and stools and a folding futon style couch so we wouldn’t lose the extra bed area. Well the stools on the table where to small for my big ol’ booty and the couch back leaned up every time you went to get up. Then it would plop backwards against the wall when your weight actually left the couch. I found a way to keep it steady but it meant we lost the sleeping space cause I couldn’t pull it out flat anymore. The other issue was it was WAY to low to the ground. So hard to get up after you’d been sitting for a long while, or even a short while. So those both got sold quickly.
The final setup is a couch we found on Craigslist. It barely made it through the doorway. We eventually had to take the legs off of it to swivel it inside. I found the table online on a resale FB group. It’s made of old pallets. I stained it a pretty dark color.
I couldn’t find any stools that were the right height for the table. So after wandering around Target one day I came across some square ottomans. I decided I could re-upholster them and put wheels on them and make them rolling stools! Once the wheels were on they were the perfect height for the table! I had a french fabric theme going on in the room from the curtains already so I decided to keep the same fabric to recover the ottomans in. Then I added furniture tacks on the corners for the finishing touch. I love how it turned out and all the space it opened up in the living area.
Although you can see from the last photo of the layout the colors still didn’t look right. I had, for some odd reason, picked a pearl pink color for the walls. After doing the dining table, and getting a cover for the couch I just couldn’t stand it anymore! So I painted the walls a light grey, from the grey color we used in the bunk house. I mixed my very own light grey color. The ottoman being micro-fiber didn’t look right either so I re-upholstered it as well to help match the cream couch cover. I had re-upholstered the ottomans I made into rolling stools I figured this couldn’t be much harder.
I also had changed my mind on the curtains. I was heading for a grey and white color scheme in the room and they mushroom color really clashed. So I made my own curtains after seeing a style I wanted to do on Pinterest. They are called Stage Coach Curtains. I hope to be doing a video soon on how to make them, no sew style! Along with changing the color of the walls, getting a couch cover, and re-upholstering the ottoman I also re-stained the wooden ottoman tray I had purchased, previously to match the wood color of the cabinetry. I made window boxes with faux flowers, and painted the woodwork.
I do have plans that by the middle of 2017 I will have purchased my new couch and matching ottoman cover. With the pets this color is just to hard to keep clean. So this is what I have picked out. I was going back and forth between doing a matching grey that went with the curtains, but in the end I decided I wanted a pop of color in the room. Plus the fact these will be stretch covers it will look all that much better!
Another thing I forgot to mention is the extra piece I did to my window shades. I thought about replacing them with the foe wooden blinds in a dark stain like the dining table and ottoman tray but it was more money than I wanted to spend. Plus I wasn’t sure I would get the measurements correct. So I bought online at Fabric.com this fabulous grey striped material I used to cover the shades with. I’ve never seen anyone else do something like this before. I basically ordered about $40 worth of fabric, cut it into the right sized pieces then took my hot glue gun and attached it to the part of the pleats that stick forward. Then folded over and glued the sides on and the corners as well. As you can see the shades will still come up and down. But it added something different to the look. I was very happy with the end result. It also helps a lot with privacy at night.
Have you remodeled your RV main living space into something more useful and that works better for your family? If so I’d love to hear about it!