An RV Rear Bedroom Becomes a Home Office

And now the reveal none of you have been waiting for: the study!!!

I’ve been procrastinating on this one for several reasons, one of which is the serious lack of sunlight which makes my pictures very dark. The study is much brighter than what you would think from some of these shots.

So, going back, I bought a rig with twin beds in the back:

I had initially thought I would use one bed as a ‘sofa’ and rip out the other one to build a desk, but I wound up putting a mattress against the back wall over the basement pass-through compartment. Then, for about a year, I lived with a built-in desk on the driver’s side and the base of the other bed on the passenger side serving as a storage trunk:

I ended up bringing in a new desk with drawers and putting the desk on the driver’s side, and after some searching I found a matching filing cabinet for the passenger side. A terribly disappointing paint job and new curtains later, this is the result:

it's not pitch black in there, I swear!


printer, filing cabinet, to-be-filed basket

a comfy place to watch movies (but not to sleep!)

Condensation-proof linen storage. One of my future weekend projects is to cover the bin with contact paper to make it look prettier

this is where I plan my domination of the world, bwa ha ha ha

my new computer chair was no luxury, not with the amount of time I spent in it pounding out a book!

stationery centre

drawers are such a luxury! and notice that my organizers match my colour scheme!

another weekend will be to finish off the top of the bookcase so it fits around the bumpout; notice the leg in the back waiting for reattachment to something

this isn't the only place in this room where I have books stashed!

This room isn’t perfect yet, but it’s very, very close! My next projects for it beyond what I just mentioned are electrical. I want to move the undercabinet 120V plug to a more sensible location and also add a 12V plug.

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  • Very Nice! I just love what you have created.

  • Thank you!

  • It is coming together beautifully! Looks like a home and not an RV…

  • Looks woderful and functional. I love your use of richer colors. It makes the environment more soothing and relaxing. Great job cher 🙂

  • Merci!

  • If you could only know, I have probably scrutinized every photo of every reno you have done at least 3-4 times since I found your blog only a few months ago. I adore your rich paint colors, envy all your perfect finds (and your strength of mind to actually wait for the right item to come along rather than settling for something less perfect!), and am in awe of your handiwoman skills. You are an inspiration. Thanks for sharing in so much detail.

  • […] Post updated on July 9, 2011: go to this post to see my current home office in an RV. […]

  • Thanks so much for pointing me to this page. Fun to see your renovations and how cleverly you maximize your space while attaining a homey feel. Love the wall color.

  • I love the green but am not so crazy about the paint job. That’s what happens when you grab a jar of $2.99 paint off the clearance rack!

    I really love this room. It’s bright and functional. The best part, though, is that I can close the door at the end of the day and hang out in the livingroom/library ( then go to bed in yet another space ( Makes the rig feel ten times bigger than it is!

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