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RV Owners Who Replaced Their Dining Booths | RVs, campers, travel trailers, and motorhomes without the dinette booth

RV Owners Who Replaced Their Dining Booths | RVs, campers, travel trailers, and motorhomes without the dinette booth

These RV owners decided to remove their dining booths.  Here’s what they replaced them with.

Table and chairs

A traditional table and chairs makes these RVs feel more like a home.

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Additional Storage

The owners of this RV used two Walmart bookshelves bolted together to create a custom eating space.  After painting the shelves and covering the top with wood grain contact paper, they set a separate long table in front which they finished to match.

Removing an RV dinette booth to add storage | RVs, campers, travel trailers, and motorhomes without the dinette booth

by Lisa Fox

This eating and work station was made from kitchen cabinets with the center doors removed.

Removed the dining booth to add a pull out table and extra storage | RVs, campers, travel trailers, and motorhomes without the dinette booth

by Teressa Underwood

The owners of this RV constructed a bar area out of cabinets as well.

Bar table and storage added after dinette booth removed from camper | RVs, campers, travel trailers, and motorhomes without the dinette booth

by Janet Riggs

Removing just one of the booth seats allowed a bookcase to be added to this fifth wheel.

RV mod - remove a dinette bench to add extra stroage | RVs, campers, travel trailers, and motorhomes without the dinette booth

by Ruth Brown

Additional Space

Paint isn’t required for a drastic makeover!  A pub dining setaccent chair, and fresh window treatments make a huge impact in this RV.

Replaced RV dining booth with a bar table and stools | RVs, campers, travel trailers, and motorhomes without the dinette booth

by Crystal Dearstine

By removing the table and reconfiguring the benches, this dining area became a living area that can still be used for eating with a stowaway table.

Removed dinette booth table and rearranged benches in travel trailer | RVs, campers, travel trailers, and motorhomes without the dining booth

by The Pope Family

Adding a piece of countertop and some stair railings along an existing kitchen counter created a new eating space, allowing the dining booth to be removed and the space to be used for other furniture.

Removed dining booth and added bar seating to add extra space to RV | RVs, campers, travel trailers, and motorhomes without the dinette booth

by Heather Roehl

Retractable Table

This retractable desk and storage unit was custom built by Amish furniture maker Focal Wood Products for RV owners John and Kathy Huggins.  You can see more photos of it at their blog.

Removed dinette from motorhome and added custom built table and desks | RVs, campers, travel trailers, and motorhomes without the dining booth

by John and Kathy Huggins via ltrvd.blogspot.com

Motorhome owner David Barber built the unique cabinets and folding table pictured below.  You can see photos of the process here.

Removed motorhome dining booth, added custom pull out table and extra storage | RVs, campers, travel trailers, and motorhomes without the dinette booth

by David Barber via motorhome.com

After removing the dining booth from their motorhome, RV owners Eric and Katie built this combination entertainment center, dining table, desk, and fireplace.  You can read about how they removed their dining booth and made it on their blog.

Related: 15+ RV Closet Organization Ideas

Coffee Station

As part of the process of turning her RV into a Tiny Home, this RV owner removed her dining booth and replaced it with a baker’s rack to use as a coffee station.  A small electric fireplace shares the space to supplement the trailer’s propane heat.

RV kitchen makeover - removed dining booth, added coffee station | RVs, campers, travel trailers, and motorhomes without the dinette booth

by Courtney Chamberlain

Related: RV bathroom storage and organization ideas

Murphy Bed/Bar

After removing their dining booth, this RV couple designed and built a bar that folds out to convert to a bed.  The bedding and folding bar stools all fit inside during travel.

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Looking for a sofa to replace your dining booth?  Check out my blog post Sofas for RVs that You Can Buy or DIY.

Sofa bed ideas for campers, motorhomes, and travel trailers

For other types of furniture, check out my blog post 12 Clever, Space-Saving Furniture Ideas for RVs!

Furniture that can help save space and add storage in an RV, camper, or motorhome

For RV decorating ideas, you might enjoy my blog post about RV window makeovers (including non-permanent and no-sew ideas)!

Tons of RV window treatment ideas - get rid of (or disguise!) the factory decor in your camper, travel trailer, or motorhome!

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49 comments

  1. courtney 12 October, 2017 at 15:09 Reply

    ok i dont own an rv but these are brilliant!! so creative. maybe i should buy an rv now? if i do, i’m totally coming back for more inspo xo

    • John 5 December, 2017 at 07:00 Reply

      Courtney There are plenty of great used RV’s out there to suit any budget…but before you buy one you may try out someone else’s first through peer to peer RV renting at sites like FlowRV.com Good Luck and may the joy and adventure of RV travel be in your future.

  2. Melissa 12 October, 2017 at 15:15 Reply

    This is awesome sauce! My mom always talked about wanting a RV but I highly doubt it would of been like this. You have to have an eye for this type of designs! Like I don’t have a big family of my own but I sure would like one of these just because! LOVE IT!

  3. Aleah 12 October, 2017 at 16:12 Reply

    The transformations are very cute and homey. This gives the rvs a more homey and comfortable feeling. I don’t own an RV but these are neat!

  4. B 16 October, 2017 at 15:09 Reply

    I did this in my motorhome a couple years ago…… twice !!! first made a desk where the booth was then re-designed it again for more room….. felt great 🙂

  5. Jenn 19 October, 2017 at 05:04 Reply

    We took out our dinette on our RV too. We opted to replace with an additional sofa so we have more seating & sleeping area, so our super slide is all sofa. When we eat, we bring out small folding tables we bought at BJ’s (the rectangular plastic ones) that we put up and take down in a flash. Much more comfortable to eat than being squished in that dinette!
    We replaced our RV dinette with an additional sofa

    • Ashley Mann 19 October, 2017 at 10:27 Reply

      That does seem like a smarter use of the space, especially with all the multi-use furniture that’s available nowadays – sofas with hidden storage, coffee tables that lift up for eating, etc. I’ll bet it’s nice to have extra comfortable seating.

      • Ashley Mann 29 May, 2018 at 14:24 Reply

        Which sofa are you referring to exactly? When we replaced our RV sofa we bought one from Ikea (but it’s not pictured in this blog post). We liked that our Ikea sofa came unassembled so it was easy to move through the door. I actually have a blog post about sofas that might work well for RVs, too, if you want to check it out: 8 Space-Saving Sofas

      • Ashley Mann 23 July, 2018 at 08:29 Reply

        Hi! Which sofa in particular are you referring to? Or do you just mean where to get sofas for RVs? You can use any kind of sofa in an RV as long as you’re mindful of weight and can fit it through the door.

        We bought a sofa from Ikea for our own RV that was much lighter in weight than the one we replaced, and getting it through the door was no problem because it came unassembled in boxes and we put it together inside our RV. 🙂 Wayfair.com has a lot of sofa options, and most of them come unassembled. The descriptions usually tell how much they weigh as well as the dimensions.

  6. Ken Madison 19 October, 2017 at 18:21 Reply

    Nice ideas, have had several RV Trailers always replace the booth. Current one had furnace under one bench ,air duct, and water pump under other bench. Custom built cabinets to accommodate those items, put a modified counter top on top, shelves underneath, then used countertop to make a table that slides out, added two padded chairs and waalaa.

  7. Lori 20 October, 2017 at 11:39 Reply

    I did the same thing! It added so much more storage room and floor space! Also took out the sofa and built a work station!

  8. Emmett 27 October, 2017 at 15:53 Reply

    I’ve got a newer travel trailer with the horseshoe style table. It’s nice for us as there’s storage under each side seat and the back seating area can be rolled out and used as a foot rest. If I were going to change anything at this time I would make a swing out tv stand as the tv currently turns but doesn’t allow people sitting on the couch on the left to see all of the tv.

  9. Caroline 29 November, 2017 at 21:57 Reply

    I am curious how this furniture travels – does it move around much – do you have extra ways to secure it when you travel? All looks great but what about movement?

    • Ashley Mann 30 November, 2017 at 17:52 Reply

      That’s a great question, and one that I can’t answer directly since I’m sure the answer is different for each of the RVs pictured here (and none of them are my RV). However, I do know that many or most of these RV owners DO travel….to ask people who have replaced or added to their RV furniture exactly how they travel with it I would suggest posting your question in the Facebook group called “RV Interior Ideas” as many of the people whose photos are in this article are in that group! You could even search the group for the names of the people who own these RVs (their names are given below each photo).

  10. Liz 1 December, 2017 at 20:40 Reply

    I have a tiny 18 foot camper with my husband and two dogs. I took the dinette out and used the cushions to build a storage couch. Didn’t lose a bit of storage and now have a lot more floor space and comfort. If you’re interested in looking at the pictures I’ve got a lot of pictures on my site. http://WackyPup.com

    • Ashley Mann 2 December, 2017 at 10:46 Reply

      Thanks for sharing! The storage couch you built is so clever, and your photos showing the process are super helpful as well. Here’s a direct link to the blog post about dining booth project for anyone else who is interested.

  11. Martin 10 December, 2017 at 08:30 Reply

    We have a different problem The couch within our smallish slide out (Class C, Winnebago, on Mercedes chassis) is way too deep for her legs to reach the floor without sliding her back away from the back of the couch, creating back pain, quickly. We were looking to replace the convertible couch, with a dinette with storage capabilities under the seats, and perhaps a smaller bed conversion, from the dinette. I have been told leg room may be an issue. Any thoughts? I guess we could get a dinette from one of you followers, who are removing them.

    • Ashley Mann 10 December, 2017 at 14:41 Reply

      So you’re wanting to replace the couch with some solution that can be used for eating, sleeping, and storage? What about a more comfortable sleeper sofa (maybe one from Ikea) paired with a lift top coffee table? What is your current eating space in your Winnebago like?

      • Jennifer 9 March, 2018 at 09:34 Reply

        How do you have such great ideas and courage to jump in! Our slide out is a horseshoe dinning area that we would love to change – recliners??

        • Ashley Mann 9 March, 2018 at 17:09 Reply

          I get most of my ideas from other people, which is why I like to pass along good ideas when I find them! 🙂 As for courage, sometimes I have to work up to that! Sometimes it helps me to think through my “worst case scenario” so I can be prepared to face anything that goes wrong, or realize that I really have no reason to worry after all!

          I think if I had a horseshoe dining area I would want to replace it with a very small drop-leaf table (because I prefer to eat at a table rather than on the sofa – my personal preference) and another piece of furniture – maybe a comfy chair, a craft desk, or a small chest of drawers (anchored to the wall if needed).

  12. Sandman 10 January, 2018 at 02:01 Reply

    That is the same thing we did. Adding a jack knife couch and we store folding tables behind it. It is amazing how much more room there is without the dinning booth.

  13. Joanne 27 January, 2018 at 20:40 Reply

    We removed our couch it was too small for my 6.5 foot brother so he removed it and replaced it with a queen blow up it helped his back as well which of course we are on the lake… he passed away in October from leukemia and its heart breaking but he really loved camping will still leaves it out….

    • Ashley Mann 27 January, 2018 at 21:45 Reply

      Air mattresses these days can really be quite comfortable; we have one that we use when guests visit. I’m glad you were able to find a more comfortable solution for your brother; so sorry to hear about his passing.

    • Ashley Mann 28 January, 2018 at 11:56 Reply

      Isn’t it great? These people designed and built it themselves! Are you in the Facebook group RV Interior Ideas? If you search in that group for the name of the woman who took the photo, Kimberly Bales, you should be able to find where she posted photos of the bed and talked a little bit about how her husband Joel made it. I am not sure any plans for it exist, but you might be able to ask for advice about building one yourself. Good luck!

  14. Tamie Leahy 13 February, 2018 at 10:02 Reply

    I re-did my rv inside and love it so much more, painted made some of my own curtains, put down new flooring, with a nice area rug, works great for us! A lot more room! 🙂

  15. Kristen 24 April, 2018 at 20:11 Reply

    These are so cute and I love how much more space it seems to make. I have lived full time in a 1988 Jayco 5th wheel for about 8yrs now. I am looking at doing some remodel/redecorating. I love some of these ideas however the only thing I am concerned about is loss of sleeping space. I am single and I rarely have guests but I want to keep my options open. My table and bench seats can be taken down and made it into a bed and I wouldn’t want to lose that extra sleeping space. The Murphy bed bar seems to be the only option to keep an extra bed available.

    • Ashley Mann 25 April, 2018 at 21:22 Reply

      There other sleeping options for guests. For example, we replaced our sleeper sofa with a regular sofa, but we have a queen size air mattress that our guests use for sleeping. Maybe you could do a folding table and chairs, or a wall-mounted drop leaf table like this one, so the table and chairs could be moved to make room for an air bed?

  16. Kathy 12 May, 2018 at 22:55 Reply

    If you fear jumping into a project keep in mind you may find a new treasure. We flipped the eating area to the opposite side which allowed more functional space and replaced the couch with rattan furniture for a tropical feel. I used the fabric and foam from the couch to make cushions for the new chairs and kept the color scheme in tact. When disassembling the booth on the used unit we bought from a dealer, I found a tightwad a papers in a corner and was going to toss the pieces. It was between a brace and the walls of the storage benches. We owned the unit for 14 years by this time and had been in and out of the storage area several times. The tightwad turned out to be $100 bills. We tried to locate the prior owner but found that he had passed away. It turned out to be a significant amount of money. We bought a toad to pull behind the RV. I redid the kitchen backsplash with the sheets from homedepot that look like antique tiles. They look great and can be easily removed if I grow tired of them.

    • Ashley Mann 13 May, 2018 at 22:44 Reply

      Wow, what a cool story about how you found the money! And I love your idea of reusing some of the materials, too. Your dog sure looks happy! 🙂

    • Ashley Mann 13 May, 2018 at 22:45 Reply

      Your backsplash looks great! Not sure why the photo loaded sideways…I need to try to figure out how to fix it….

  17. Melodie Meckley 31 May, 2018 at 12:08 Reply

    This seems to be the current trend. I prefer my dining booth to table and chairs. I have quite a bit of storage space in the drawers under my benches that I wouldn’t want to give up. The dinette converts to a bed for kids or guests. I put add-a-drawers on the underside of the table, and I like the larger sized table for games, paperwork, etc. I guess to each his own.

    • Ashley Mann 31 May, 2018 at 20:33 Reply

      Yep and I have even seen people with a table and chairs wanting to buy a dining booth! 🙂 I always request to sit at a booth instead of a table when I go to a restaurant, so I might really like having one in my RV, too! 🙂

  18. Dave 12 July, 2018 at 11:02 Reply

    I have 4 recliners in a slid out. I’d like to remove 2 recliners and add a dinette & seats. Any ideas?

    • Ashley Mann 12 July, 2018 at 11:56 Reply

      Maybe you could try posting in some of the RV Facebook groups to ask if anyone near your location is planning to remove their dinette soon so you could have it? If you can’t find one, you might have to build one – you could look at the pictures in this blog post and try reverse engineering the process, or you could modify these plans. You could also potentially modify this one. My last idea would be to watch Craigslist and other sites for someone pulling one out of their RV, or a restaurant selling one. Hope that gives you some ideas to work with!

  19. margaret millett 11 September, 2018 at 11:22 Reply

    all of these ideas are great but,when you have to stop in a hurry these thing become flying objects and can become dangerious,theres a reason why these rv are designed the way they are ,for safty.now if your going to keep your rv in one spot ,it’s ok but if your going to move it down the road you better think some thing differently.good ideas ,BUT!!!!!

    • Ashley Mann 15 September, 2018 at 23:39 Reply

      Good point that it’s important to think about how furniture might shift while an RV is in motion. We use bungee cords and tie-down straps to secure the furniture we added to our RV to make sure it stays in place.

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