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Pimp your static home (on a budget)

The days are already beginning to shorten as another summer draws to a close. So, your thoughts might be turning to ways of occupying some of those autumn evenings by sprucing up your static home.

Of course, one person’s budget might be another person’s fortune, but here are a few tips and suggestions for pimping your static caravan without spending an arm and a leg on the materials – just bear in mind that any increase in the value of the holiday home you create as a result, is properly reflected in your static caravan insurance:

First steps

  • as a first step, make sure to thoroughly clean and repair the interior of your caravan to sort out just what needs replacing, what can be kept and what can be spruced up, suggests the website Preloved;
  • this provides your starting point and the likely budget you need to make the changes you want to achieve;

Furnishings

  • soft furnishings in a static caravan make all the difference;
  • a contributor to a discussion on the Money Saving Expert’s website suggests making your own by buying inexpensive foam and fillings from your local trader and sew together fabric remnants and material to make the coverings;
  • a fresh, new look may be created by making your own curtains, too, and scattering around a few handmade cushions to give the interior more comfort and interest;

Floors

  • whatever the layout of the interior of your static caravan, one of the first impressions is likely to be given by the state of the floor;
  • where areas have become scuffed or worn, an inexpensive way of sprucing them up is to lay second-hand carpet tiles in the living areas or self-adhesive vinyl tiles in the kitchen and bathroom;
  • a static caravan is likely to have far less floor area than your own home, so the area that needs to be covered is unlikely to be huge, so your budget might even extend to completely renewing your floor coverings;

Walls

  • check for evidence of damp and mould and make sure to tackle that before tackling anything else;
  • when you are satisfied they are clear, a lick of paint in fresh new colours might transform the appearance, whilst a wallpaper border may help to add an element of interest;

Fashions

  • if you are interested in producing a look that reflects current trends, some online research is likely to pay dividends – so look through the caravan club websites, Pinterest and Instagram for some illustrated ideas;
  • careful research is also likely to pay off if you want to retrofit your static caravan to achieve a more classic look;
  • charity shops and car boot sales offer ideal place to rummage in search of old pictures, their frames and classic, retro fabrics;

Exteriors

  • tackling the exterior may prove more difficult and needs to be handled with particular care, given the nature of a static caravan and its need to remain completely weather-proofed;
  • whilst there are special paints that might be used to brighten and clean the external appearance, Vale Holiday Parks suggests the novel idea of covering the exterior with a vinyl coating as an alternative to the conventional aluminium.

Small touches go a long way – and it is possible to transform the appearance of your static caravan both inside and out on a fairly modest budget.