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RV Owners Who Replaced Their Dining Booths

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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

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

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.

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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

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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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    • 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 Good Luck and may the joy and adventure of RV travel be in your future.

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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).

  9. 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.

    • 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.

  10. 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).

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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! 🙂

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