Mobile homes get a bad rap because they seem cramped and otherwise forgettable in terms of home design… but hey, it doesn’t have to be like that at all! While you can’t change the small footprint, you can certainly give the small interior a fabulous facelift. For proof, check out these mobile home renovation ideas to open your eyes to how amazing these small spaces can be with a little effort.
Trade mats for wood floors
When Kim Thompson and her husband decided to remodel their 1991 Fleetwood double-wide prefab home in the heart of Napa Valley, she decided the outdated brown carpeting had to go. So what took its place? Natural cork: At just under $4 per square foot, according to Kim, it was about half the price of other engineered wood products, but just as durable.
Subscribing to the “for a penny, for a pound” philosophy, they have walked it throughout the house, including the bathrooms and the kitchen. This unified look reinforced the illusion that the floor continues on and on, letting the room breathe. How much more welcoming does the living room look with this light and attractive flooring?
What’s cooking? corian
Determined to stick to their budget, the Thompsons also decided to forego granite and instead opted for Corian countertops when it came time to update the kitchen. Kim notes that this non-porous, stain-resistant material costs about half the price of Caesarstone.
Kim also points out that the chef Thomas KellerThe French Laundry restaurant also uses Corian in its kitchen. If it’s good enough for the Michelin-starred chef and his team, it’s good enough for her, she says.
Home Office Shelter
For the photographer Rebecca Caridad, creating the perfect home office in her mobile home in Boulder, CO, got a little trickier once her young son moved in.
“When you have a toddler and you work from home, being able to have your workspace in the living room flies out the window,” says the artist.
His solution? Create a space in the bedroom. A simple desk, a lamp, and a small, inspiring piece of art give this cozy nook a professional look. At the same time, it does not detract from the attractiveness of the bedroom.
Lighten, lighten and remove unnecessary elements
When an interior designer Kirsten MarieClients of suffered a drastic downsizing that could have meant the end of welcoming visitors, the interior designer came to the rescue by tweaking some tiny features in a mobile home in Malibu, California. Step 1: Remove that towering TV stand to free up valuable space for a dining room. Then install new Fleetwood doors to bring the outside in.
Finally, opting for white walls and a whitewashed oak plank floor changes the look of the whole space, making it much larger than its 600 square feet. Plus, ditching cabinetry for open shelving adds a sense of openness and makes it easy for customers to find what they’re looking for at a glance. Smart, right?