Last Updated March 26, 2017
I understand that RV companies like to use neutral colors for interior fabrics because they have to please as many buyers as possible, but the brown couch was not doing it for me. When I’m camping, I see enough brown. It was time to renovate the RV dinette.
Our RV needed a pop of color.
I wanted something that gives me an energy boost. Something that makes me happy when I’m on the road. Poop emoji brown wasn’t going to cut it.
I found this beautiful teal linen at Jo-Ann Fabrics.
I’m not a very good sewer, but I wasn’t looking for perfection. So I decided to cover the cushions myself. You can also take the cushions to a professional to be reupholstered. It’ll just cost ya a little more.
For the pattern, I measured the top, bottom and sides of each cushion and added an inch to each measurement. I cut out the fabric and sewed all of the seams together.
I have no idea how to sew zippers, so I used no-sew, stick-on velcro to close up the opening.
I slid the new covers over the existing covers. I figured this would protect the cushions a little more. I also chose a washable fabric just in case I get BBQ sauce on it. The blue made all the difference.
I lost the table.
The problem with small trailers is that you usually either get a dinette or a couch. We really wanted both, but our Jayco trailer came with a U-shaped dinette that converts into a bed. I realized if I cut the table in half, I could have a couch on the left and a dinette area on the right. However, we would never be able to convert the area into a bed, which may be a problem.
So I pulled the table out, stored in the basement and brought in two TV trays. I custom-painted them to match the new color scheme. Now we have the flexibility to lounge or dine.
The center couch cushion was really narrow. So I added an 8-inch piece of wood to the area where the dinette table would rest, if you were making a bed. Then, I bought an extra 8 inch piece foam and made the cushion cover large enough to hold the existing cushion and extra foam.
To finish things off, I added a few fun pillows and throws that pop with the custom valances.
To find links to the fabrics and accessories, visit MY RV RENOVATION Pinterest Board.
The Before and After