Tips to modernise your static caravan
Perhaps you’ve purchased a static caravan and want to add a few personal touches to make it your own. Or maybe you’ve owned your static caravan a while and it needs some TLC. Either way, we’ll help you add some modern touches with our tips and tricks for every budget.
How to renovate a static caravan
Renovations can be small, big, or somewhere in between. You might just want to add a lick of paint, update your carpets, and buy a new sofa. Or you might want to start from scratch, changing complete units and rooms. As you’d expect, the more you do, the more it will cost. So, before you start, estimate your budget.
Think about what needs doing. Is a new kitchen a needs-must, or is it something you want to change because you saw some fancy units in a catalogue? Fitting a new bathroom or kitchen can often be expensive, especially since it relies on using professionals. So, unless it’s essential or you have a larger budget, you may want to stick to minor upgrades you can do yourself, like replacing carpets, adding new furnishings, or painting walls.
It’s also worth carrying out some research first. Explore interior and exterior trends for static caravans, and discover what new models look like. This way, you could add value to your caravan, especially through roof upgrades or cladding installation.
Improving the Interior
The inside of your caravan is where you spend most of your time, so it can be especially susceptible to wear and tear. But modernising your interior doesn’t have to be a strenuous task – simply updating carpets and freshly painting walls can give an old space a new lease of life.
Update the flooring
Whether it’s stained carpets, discoloured wood flooring, or lino that’s peeling away, heavy foot traffic can cause the flooring to look tired. Spruce up your flooring by laying down new carpet or fresh laminate, perhaps in a different colour, for a changed look and feel. Thankfully, updating flooring is a pretty easy job, so you might be able to do it yourself with help from friends or family.
Modernise the walls
Upgrade your walls by whipping out a paintbrush. Painting is a quick and simple DIY job that makes a massive difference. Plus, it allows you to get creative with colours and textures. Light colours can make your static caravan feel clean and airy, while darker tones create a cosier aesthetic.
Replace the curtains
Older static caravans come with curtains, but if you’ve been in your home a while, it might be time to make changes. Curtains can trap odours and discolour over time, so try switching to blinds for a more modern and cleaner look. If you’re wondering how to fit blinds in a static caravan, look at made-to-measure options and ask an expert to install them.
Update cupboards and units
Upgrade existing units and cupboards with new handles, doors, or paint. You could also look at wrapping units to give them a contemporary look. It’s a straightforward way to save money on a modernised kitchen or bathroom while making it look like you’ve bought brand new.
Renew seating areas
If you don’t want to fork out the expense of new chairs, you could consider reupholstering your existing ones—research on-trend fabrics and colours to revive your seating areas without too much additional cost.
Invest in furnishings
You can quickly spruce up your place by adding a few soft furnishings and accessories. Think about chairs, framed pictures, vases, or new cushions and throws to switch up your living area.
If you’re playing with a larger budget, you might consider renewing your bathroom or kitchen. Whether it’s a full refurbish or investing in new units and appliances, something as minor as new tiles can make all the difference.
The outside of your static caravan faces all kinds of weather, so, unsurprisingly, looks fade over time. But you can invest in refurbishments to make your static caravan look as good as new and more energy efficient.
Change to cladding
If your static caravan doesn’t already have vinyl cladding, you could consider upgrading for a modern touch and added insulation.
Upgrade entry points
You might also want to update your doors and windows. Double-glazing is an excellent investment for energy efficiency. Remember, if doors or windows are damaged, you might have repair cover under your caravan insurance, especially if it was caused by forced entry or burglary.
Add a veranda
Want to make your static caravan stand out? Consider adding a veranda to your outdoor area. Decking and other seating areas maximise your plot space and add value.
If your roof is damaged, it could leave your static caravan at risk of damp and frost, not to mention an unsightly appearance. So, investing in roof refurbishments is worthwhile for weatherproofing and preventing deterioration.
Other renovation areas to consider
Renovating your static caravan is an exciting prospect, but before you start ordering paint samples, there are a few other things to consider. First, think about the age of your static caravan. Some parks have an age limit on caravans, and request that they be replaced after a certain time. Therefore, it may not be worth investing in major changes if the caravan is at the end of its lifespan.
Also, check if upgrades affect your manufacturer’s warranty. If so, it may leave you liable to cover repair and replacement costs, which could eat away at your budget for additional refurbishments.
Find suitable insurance for your static caravan
Finally, consider safeguarding your holiday home with static caravan insurance. Refurbishments take time and money, so protecting your hard work with adequate insurance is beneficial. At Intasure, we offer flexible policies with cover available for theft, damage, loss of keys, and even public liability. Get your quote today by calling 0345 111 0680 or Get a quote online.
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