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22 Creative Ways to Remove and Replace Your RV Dining Booth

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Dining booths take up valuable real estate in an RV. These RV owners decided to remove and replace their RV dining booth with furniture that makes better use of the space.

In this article, you’ll see how much space (and style!) you can gain in your camper by removing the dining booth and replacing it with something else!

How To Remove an RV Dinette: The Booth Removal Process

Before we dive into the “after” photos of RVs without a dining booth, you may be wondering exactly how to remove an RV dining booth.

Well, it turns out it’s fairly simple: you look for screws and remove them. If you can’t easily lift away the pieces after unscrewing them, you may need the assistance of a pry bar.

Below is a photo of an RV dining booth being removed. You can see how it’s just a wooden frame screwed to the wall and floor.

You’ll probably also need to fill some holes in your wall, which you can do with some spackling.

But before you completely remove your old dinette, consider if you want to leave one side and replace the other with chairs. This is a popular way to open up your RV floorplan and you can add chairs to match your design style!

RV with walls painted white
Photo credit: Instagram.com/whimsicalwheels

Replace an RV Dining Booth with a Table and Chairs

Replacing the dining booth with a traditional table and chairs makes a camper or motorhome feel less like a vehicle and more like a house.

Here are a few examples of how campers have replaced their booths with tables and chairs.

1. Small Table and Two Chairs

If only two people ever sit at your dining table, you can save space in your RV by replacing the 4-person dinette with a table for two. This opens up the space and also doesn’t stick out as far, creating more room for walking. In this case, you may lose the storage from under the benches, so this particular type of table might not be a good idea for you if storage is something you’re short on.

Photo credit: Instagram.com/chandlerbrighton

Plus, swapping out your dinette for a table and chairs is a great way to add your own design aesthetic to your RV, like this couple who wanted their camper to feel like stepping back in time:

Photo Credit: Terri Voight Closs

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2. Glamorous Dining Area

The owner of this RV loves Victorian decor and decided to remove the dining booth in order to create an intimate dining area better suited to his taste, complete with new full-length curtains and a chandelier.

Victorian dining area in RV with full length curtains and a chandelier
by Jay Clements

Related: Easy RV Window Makeover Ideas

He used museum putty to secure decorative items on shelves and walls so that traveling requires packing away only a few things and securing the furniture.

3. Drop Leaf Table and Pair of Barrel Chairs

The owners of this RV chose to replace their dining booth with a set of 2 velvet barrel chairs and a round pedestal drop leaf table to create a homey environment in this trailer.

Table and chairs to replace RV dining booth
by Tara McCree

4. Swapping the Dinette and Sofa

Want to shake up your RV floor plan?

This RV owner wanted to change the arrangement of where the sitting and dining areas were located, so they decided to remove the jackknife sofa as well as the dinette and replace them with a sleeper sofa in a lighter color as well as a small table for two.

RV sofa and dining booth swapped positions
by Jamie Williams Holt

5. Replacing the Dinette with a Breakfast Bar

The latest trend we see in renovated RVs for sale is replacing a bulky with a breakfast bar. This opens up the floor space and can still seat a couple or small family.

Photo Credit: Simply Sarah Rainwater

Plus, these tables could easily double as a desk for a home office.

6. Removing the Dinette Benches and Keeping the Table

Keeping your existing table, particularly if it is already anchored to the wall and floor, might limit your renovation options, but it does save you from worrying about a table flipping over while you drive!

Photo Credit: Beth Cook

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7. Replacing the Dinette with a DIY Sofa Bed

The dining booth in this camper was removed and replaced with a custom-built sofa that adds additional seating as well as an extra bed. The drawers from the original dining booth were kept and used to create storage underneath.

Related: Looking to replace your RV couch? Try these DIY RV Sofa Bed Ideas!

8. Removing the Dinette to Add Storage

The people who own this RV felt that the storage under the benches was an inefficient use of space, so they built this custom dining and office area out of a set of three 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

Replace the RV Dining Booth with a Bar

One of my favorite uses of space in an RV is a bar eating area with storage underneath. Not only does this solution add extra counter space, which is often limited in an RV, but it also lets you enjoy the view out your window during your meal!

9. Dinette Replaced with Bar

The professional team behind Traverse Design Co. continued the countertop and added stools to replace the booth in this camper. Now the kitchen boasts extra surfaces for food prep and kept a spot for two people to sit at a table to enjoy a meal.

Photo Credit: Traverse Design Co.

10. Bar with Shelves Behind for Storage

To create this space, the owners of this RV bolted together two Walmart bookshelves and placed them behind a sofa table of a similar height and length.

Dining booth in an RV replaced with shelves for storage and a sofa table for extra counter space
by Lisa Fox

11. Bar with Cabinets Underneath for Storage

I can’t figure out how you can easily sit at this bar because of the height difference the slide-out creates. But with the right spacing, this is a great way to keep your storage options and still have a spot to eat.

Photo Credit: Suzanne Taylor

Removing Just One Dining Bench

Half the work with major benefits!

12. Bench Seat with Chair

Professional RV renovators RVingDogsAndWine decided to leave one of the dinette benches in this stunning fifth wheel they renovated. This is a great way to free up some space and make the area feel more open without losing all your storage.

RV renovated by Ann and Tom of RVingDogsAndWine.com
Photo credit: @RVingDogsAndWine

Related: 99 Ideas for a Budget RV Makeover

13. Turn the Booth Sideways

Completely transform a space by turning the booth sideways. Use one bench flush against the wall and add a table and chairs.

Photo Credit: Vieves RV Remodels

Or move your booth to the back of your trailer or fifth wheel, like in this design:

Photo Credit: Inheritance Homes LLC

This may require rebuilding a bench seat to fit the right dimensions of your space. If you build your own dining booth bench, you can create a flip-top seat or add drawers for more storage.

14. Remove just the backs of the dinette booth.

Open up your RV by removing the backs of your dining booth but keeping the bench seats!

15. Buy a Table and Bench Set

After removing the booth completely, this family still wanted bench-style seating. They added in a matching set (and turned the bunk beds into a laundry room!).

Photo Credit: rvdesign.usa

16. Bar Added to Kitchen Island

Adding a piece of countertop to a kitchen can create a new eating space, allowing the dining booth in this RV to be removed and the space to be used for other furniture.

Photo Credit: @T_h_e_l_o_t

Replacing the Dining Booth with Custom Furniture

17. Dinette Replaced with a Pull-Out Table and Desk

This fifth wheel now has a dual workspace and a dining table with this unique setup.

Photo Credit: Kelsey Connor

18. Dinette Replaced with Storage Compartments and a Folding Table

If you are good at woodworking, you can create a custom dining and office area like the unique cabinets and folding table motorhome owner David Barber built.

Removed motorhome dining booth, added custom pull out table and extra storage
by David Barber via Motorhome.com

19. Dining Booth Replaced with a Fireplace, Entertainment Center, and Pull-Out Table

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

Photo Credit: Mountain Modern Life

20. Trading the Dining Area for a 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.

If you often eat your meals outdoors or sit on the couch to eat, why not use the space for something else?

RV kitchen makeover - removed dining booth, added coffee station
by Courtney Chamberlain

21. Swivel Table Top

Professional renovators BB and the RV transformed this toy hauler into a stunning tiny home. To make the dining space highly adaptable, those chairs are patio furniture that can easily be moved onto the back deck.

The table swivels out and a leg is added for support.

Photo Credit: bbandtherv

Tour this RV in full here.

22. Small Square Table with Stools

If you want to save space, opt for stools instead of chairs! They can store easily under your table and give you more open floor space.

Plywood plank walls in an RV
Photo credit: Instagram.com/moore.tinywalls

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How to Replace Your RV Dining Booth: FAQ’s

Q: Is weight a concern when replacing the original furniture with residential furniture?

A: You always need to be mindful of weight when modifying or adding things to your RV. Not only do you need to make sure that anything you add doesn’t put your total weight over your max weight limit, but you also need to be careful to keep roughly the same weight distribution so that you don’t put too much weight on one axle.

However, you’d be surprised how heavy RV furniture is. The solid wood dining table and chairs and sleeper sofa my husband and I removed from our fifth-wheel RV were both heavier than the residential furniture we replaced them with.

Q: If you buy a residential sofa to replace the dining booth, how do you get it through the door?

If you order your sofa online (or purchase it from IKEA), it will come disassembled in a box. You can put it together inside your RV after carrying the pieces through the door.

Additionally, when shopping online you can see the exact dimensions before purchasing to make sure that it fits.

Q: How do these people keep the furniture they’ve added from moving around while the RV is in motion?

A: Larger furniture items like a sofa are not likely to move around. But just to be safe, you can screw D-rings to the floor to hook RV furniture straps, just like the RV manufacturers do at the factory.

Bungee cords are also helpful. For example, you can wrap a bungee cord around your table and chairs to hold them all together.

Items like shelves can be anchored to the wall. If you’re worried about screwing into your RV walls, remove a screw from one of your window valances on the same wall. Make sure to choose screws that are shorter than that one. Then you don’t have to worry about it punching through your RV’s exterior wall.

Read my article about securing your belongings during travel for more ideas!

More questions? Drop a comment below and we’ll be happy to answer!

If you’re still undecided on whether or not to remove your dinette, give it a makeover! Find inspiration in these articles:

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    1. 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.

      1. we have a u dining area three benches how would we convert it I love these ideas it was great with the grandkids but now its just us seats 7 again it was prefect then takes up a lot of space

    2. I love looking at the inspiring pictures. We bought a 04 Wildwood travel trailer about 6 years ago, and the rv camping lot in a park it was on. I took out the dinette table and benches, lifted up the carpet, and found a rotten piece of thin wood paneling hiding the big holes under that. I seen grass underneath! After we hired someone to repair what was hidden from buyers, we bought an unfinished wood farmhouse table and chairs from home depot, and I stained the top, and chairs, and painted the legs white. Turned out beautiful.

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

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