TRAVEL TRAILER DESIGN
What’s an interior designer who loves to travel, but hasn’t seen much of the United States to do? Buy a used travel trailer, renovate it, and hit the open road of course. Don’t worry. I haven't set this plan into motion yet, but it’s something I think about often and I wouldn’t be surprised to find me hammering away in a gutted trailer in a few years.
It’s the perfect project and adventure for me. For one. I can utilize my designer genes to outfit a super stylish, highly efficient living space fit for a girl and her dog (the boy is a maybe). These trailers are tiny, but I think I would be a fun challenge to create and DIY a functional and creative space to live where necessity reigns supreme. Second, after completion I can utilize my trailer to travel and visit all of of the sights this diverse country has to offer, with my home and office in tow. It’s cheaper and more comfortable than the alternative fly/hotel version typically utilized to visit the Lower 48.
This plan does have its hiccups though. I hattteee driving almost as much as I hate flying. A lose lose situation. Also, where do I keep the trailer while renovating? I’m currently an apartment dweller, but things change rapidly in my life so who knows where I’ll be in the future. Lastly my Mini Cooper, Watson, isn’t exactly made to haul a trailer. He is always up for solving murder mysteries with his astute BFF, but manual labor isn’t his forte. All things that must be considered before my trailer living dreams become a reality. For now lets continue to dream…
Check out a few of my favorite renovations. The iconic Airstream is the choice of the hip and cool, but there are lots of viable options out there. The incredibly tiny trailer in the first photo named, The Nugget, is just the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen. A little too small for the type of travel I’m suggesting, but a bucket of fun in its own right. Check out the amazing DIY flooring.
There is a whole community of people in the US outfitting old travel trailers, renting land, and living a compact and interesting lifestyle out of their small homes. Another sect of retirees use their mobile home to travel indefinitely, and live a nomadic life seeking out all of the interesting places in North America. I’ve also seen families taking this same route. Downsizing their life, packing up the kids, and setting off on an adventure.
If I could design one today, it would probably look a little something like the design scheme above. I’m beyond excited about the tumbling block tile shown, and I’ve been having it saved for a couple of years. Of course I would have to create these tiles myself, because there is no way I would have a budget to accommodate hand painted tiles. The main seating area would be ultra functional blue Sunbrella fabric with an assortment of pillows to dress it up, and a frosted globe light fixture above. I’ve selected Ikea kitchen cabinets with lovely solid surface countertops and backsplash. Since the floors take center stage, I wanted to keep the other finishes simple and sleek. The bookshelf may be stretching it a bit because I’m sure I don’t need a whole library during my escapades, but you never know. The drop down bar is absolutely a must, to ensure my bottles stay secure and ready for the occasional imbibing.
While I have no plans to hitch up my trailer in the immediate future, these dreams have to start somewhere. At least when I’m ready, I’ll have a head start on research and a design. Although, future me will probably want something completely different. Until then, if you happen to want to fund/join my ridiculous scheme, you know where to find me.