By the end of this year, there will be a staggering 807,000 motorhomes and campervans on the road in the UK, as a growing number of families look to mobilise themselves and seek out new adventures in unique parts of the UK.
If you’re new to the world of motorhome travel, however, it’s important that you adopt a practical mindset and strive to create a comfortable interior. You’ll also need to create a functional space, particularly if you have young children that need to be kept warm, well-fed and hydrated.
In this post, we’ll look at how you can create a comfortable and functional motorhome, regardless of where you are travelling to.
- Use Multi-Functional Furniture to Optimise the Space
Not all motorhomes have been created equal, with newcomers to the market often spending smaller amounts on smaller vehicles and campervans. This can create a challenge for families, however, who may struggle to cope with a relative lack of interior space.
One way to negate this issue is to invest in items of multi-functional furniture, such as the iconic rock and roll bed. This is a product that can easily transition between an upright, two-person seat and a horizontal bed, while its compact design means that it takes up minimal space in the vehicle.
With this type of approach, you can create a functional but minimalist design that helps your family to get the most out of travelling. This is particularly important when travelling with multiple children, as they can get a little irritable when they’re confined to a small space.
- Pack a Diesel Heater and a Leisure Battery
The vast majority of modern motorhomes have built-in heating systems, but these are of little use when your van goes off hook-up. More specifically, this means that you’ll be unable to use some appliances without draining your battery, while it can make creating a sustainable source of heating notoriously difficult.
One way around this issue is to invest in a separate, diesel heater, and one that help you to maintain a source of heat regardless of where you’re travelling. This also enables you to carry less gas and optimise your comfort levels on longer journeys, which is especially important when travelling with kids.
You should also consider packing a second, leisure battery, which can serve as a dual-power source or a back-up to your primary energy resource. It also enables you to utilise power-draining devices such as televisions, as you have a wider range of power sources that can be alternated or combined to the optimal effect.
- Make it Homely
With larger motorhomes, you’ll also have the opportunity to transform the interior into a welcoming and comfortable space. So, if you’re planning to undertake extended trips out on the open road, you can take the opportunity to remodel your vehicle to ensure that it becomes a home away from home.
Achieving this goal revolves relies on your ability to introduce soft furnishings into the space without creating a cluttered interior, while also paying careful attention to detail. Curtains should be light and thin, for example, while cushions are kept to a minimum and pastel shades should as green, blue and yellow and introduced.
With smaller interiors, consider using light shades to open up the space and create a more comfortable environment. This will also create more opportunity to experiment with the space and create a finish that helps your family to feel at home wherever they are in the world.