A few week’s ago I wrote about Dolly — our caravan — and how we had performed a caravan makeover, on quite a grand scale.
We’d bought her over the summer to replace our original van (also named Dolly, due to the fact that it was impossible to convince our babies that a caravan could possibly have another name).
When we bought Dolly home, she was in a sorry state. Ugly, brown wooden cabinetry, beige walls but the worst offender — in my mind anyway — was the flooring.
I’m not sure whether it was original but the van floor was swathed in the most revolting red carpet.The kind of carpet that, no matter how may times you vacuum — or VAX it — still looks dirty. A petri-dish for heaven’s knows what — and I’d really rather not dwell on this — the only solution was to replace it.
As caravans are often parked up in festival fields or on grassy campsites, it made no sense to me to replace it with more carpet. The best solution to muddy boots and grass is hard-flooring, something that can easily be mopped down and wiped clean at the end of the day.
And as an electric hook-up is not available in a festival field, for normal folk anyway, vacuuming the floor is an impossibility — this is something that has to be done when you’re back home — so a dustpan and brush, followed by a mopping down is the best way to keep a caravan floor clean when you’re off adventuring.
But not when there’s carpet on the floor.
Cue a swift trip to Carpetright.
Despite what their name may suggest, Carpetright also sell a fantastic range of hard-flooring; everything from on-the-roll vinyl to laminate flooring and luxury vinyl tiles.
We decided on a hard-wearing laminate and after much deliberation, went for Supernatural Classic Aspen Oak; a cool white/grey which would lighten up the van and compliment the fab yellow wallpaper we’d already chosen.
For those of you who have not fitted laminate before, it needs basic DIY skills. The Twinkles Daddy laid it over a couple of weekends and we decided to use the original underlay — and carpet — as a sub-base, to give good insulation and keep warmth in the van.
You cut the lengths, as needed, and simply slot them together — a little like grown up Lego — really simple and very gratifying too, as you can cover a decent space in quite a short space of time.
Once the floor was totally covered, the only thing left to do was add beading around the edges to hide the gaps and give a lovely finish.
We chose white —to tie in with the painted woodwork.
Having a paler floor covering in the caravan makes the world of difference. The light has increased ten-fold, as it’s not being swallowed up by a dark carpet.
And it looks so much fresher too. No longer a harborer of bacteria and dirt, it can be easily cleaned with a broom and a mop and — even after a long weekend of being stomped all over with muddy boots — looks as good as new in no time.
It just goes to show that laminate flooring doesn’t just need to be restricted to use in the home either — it’s the perfect floor-covering for a caravan or motorhome. Hard-wearing and easy to clean. And it looks fabulous too.
There’s really no need to be stuck with a dated, dirty old carpet when you can cover your caravan floor in something as lovely and contemporary as this!
Enormous thanks to the lovely folk at Carpetright who collaborated — very patiently — with me on this caravan makeover! :)
All photos, thoughts and words — as ever — are entirely my own.