Our RV Home Office REVEAL!

by Ashley

Work From Home with This RV Home Office

My husband and I both work from home, and we live full-time in a renovated park model RV. During the remodeling process, we completed gutted the trailer to start over from scratch.

The office is in the very front of the trailer, and has floor to ceiling windows that let in tons of natural light. Our goals for the office makeover were:

  • Keep the space light and airy.
  • Incorporate a live edge desktop.
  • Utilize my favorite mid-century modern plant stand with a snake plant.
  • Create two highly functional workstations
  • Install woven window coverings

This is the last big reveal in our RV Remodel Series, and this one is all about the small but functional work space we created.

Note: all sources are listed at the bottom of the post.

RV home office makeover with white walls, curtains and a wood desk

Here’s a look at how this space was setup originally. Before the renovations, this was a bedroom with carpet floors, built-in cabinetry, and window valances that were, well, UGLY.

Before photo of an RV home office makeover that looks like a second bedroom

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By removing the walls and door, we were able to really open this space up and make it flow effortlessly into the rest of the living space.

Home office inspiration for open concept living space and work space with two work stations

The open concept ‘floor-plan’ makes this room room feel much larger than it really is – which is critical when designing RV spaces.

It was important to customize this space to work well for both my husband, and myself. Our biggest challenge was coming up with a design that would accommodate two separate desks, with one of them at standing height.

Our RV home office needed to be pretty unique, and we were dealing relatively small space, so both desks had to be custom built. This allowed us to make desks that fit the room perfectly. We made both desks slightly narrow so they didn’t feel bulky and maximized floor space.

Small home office design with two desks and large windows

Related: Why We Chose to Live in An RV (Again!)

Her Desk

Closeup of home office with wood desk and leather office chair

I only had one thing in mind for my desk – a natural live edge desktop. I’d been wanting to do a project with a live edge forever, but hadn’t found the right project yet.

After striking out at multiple specialty lumber stores, we finally found a live edge slab that was the right size and the right price. The wood is Western Red Cedar, and we purchased it for $150 from Crosscut Hardwoods in Portland, OR.

Mike got to work preparing the wood. The live edge still had the chunky tree bark on it, so it needed to be carefully removed using a scraper.Once the bark was removed, it revealed a smooth live edge finish. The top of the board that would serve as the desktop needed to be smoothed out with sandpaper.

Next, he sealed it using Varathane Ultimate Polyurethane in crystal clear satin (Amazon). This finish turned out absolutely perfect! The satin polyurethane isn’t very noticeable, so it almost looks like bare wood – but with some added durability and waterproofing.

Finally, we attached these hairpin legs I found on Amazon to give the desk a nice modern look.

Home office inspiration with wood desk, leather chair and white curtains
small home office inspiration with leather chair and live edge desk

I am so thrilled with how it turned out! I added a few accessories including a desk lamp, this rose gold Burden Cedar candle (Amazon), an oil diffuser (Anthropologie). and a small vintage glass bottle vase (Amazon).

And my favorite final touch is the Cognac Leather Office Chair from World Market and is so comfy! I love that it’s on wheels and the leather finish makes it look really high end.

Black modern desk lamp and copper candle on top of wood desk
Modern oil diffuser and small vase on top of wood desk
Light and bright home office inspiration with wood desk, snake plant and woven shades
Home office space with modern desk and leather office chair

His Desk

Standing desk with glass desk top in front of large windows

When designing Mike’s desk, he knew he wanted it to be standing height. Another requirement was that it needed to desktop to be as long as possible so he could spread out and have lots of room and feel productive.

After measuring the room, it was clear that his desk needed to go along one of the side walls. Originally we had planned on our desks being on opposing walls, but that just wasn’t realistic once we measured everything out and accounted for the space our bodies would actually take up when at our desks. We literally would have been back to back.

That’s when we came up with this unique idea for his desk to sort of ‘float’ over the edge of my desk.

Home office inspiration with white walls, wood floors and two desk areas

We chose a glass top for his desktop to try and keep the space feeling really open and airy. Because his desk would be fairly over-sized for the space, a seemingly see-through desk made for a great option!

Birdseye view of glass desktop with laptop and paper tablet
A glass vase with dried eucalyptus next to a candle on top of a glass desktop

Mike put a lot of effort into designing the desk legs so that they would sort of disappear into the background and be as low profile as possible. We painted everything the same color of white to match the walls (Sherwin Williams Alabaster).

View of a home office next to an entry way with cedar planks and a shoe basket

Then on the right side of his desk, we decided to wall it off with some cedar shiplap to hide our favorite printer and cords from the rest of the living space. I love this pop of warm wood tones!

For the times he’d prefer to sit, this bar stool from World Market is tucked under the desk.

Home office inspiration with white curtains, wood desks and two workstations

Home Office Accessories

When it came to decorating this space, my main goal was to keep it simple.

I started by hanging our Ikea curtains on the back wall to really cozy up the space.

Snake plant in the corner next to a wood desk

To add some contrast I picked out some custom woven shades from SelectBlinds. I selected the Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Antigua Natural. I love how much texture they bring to the space, and they come in handy when the Oregon sun decides to shine!

Home office with throw blanket on leather office chair in front of a wood desk

My trusty snake plant (read: the only plant I’ve managed to keep alive) freshened up the space. You may recognize it from our master bedroom in our old house! 🙂

Snake plant in white planter next to a home office desk

As for wall decor, a couple of thrifted baskets, a framed art piece, and some herb boxes add visual interest.

Home office inspiration with woven baskets on the wall and a snake plant in the corner
Wood herb planter boxes hung on the wall above home office desktop

We also added Mike’s deer mount above his desk, because ya know.. manly stuff. 😉

Home office with antlers on the wall and a laptop on a glass desktop

Speaking of Mike’s desk, for his window coverings we chose some minimal blackout roller shades. These are great for keeping the sun out when needed, and when not in use you almost don’t even notice they’re there!

I’ve linked all of the sources below, but first let’s look at a side by side before and after!

Before and after photos side by side of an RV home office makeover

You can really see how much more open the space feels with those walls down in this comparison:

A before and after look at an RV home office remodel

Below is a full source list for our RV Home Office Makeover:

I hope you enjoyed our home office tour! This is where we spend the majority of our day and I couldn’t be happier with how it came together. I hope it gave you some home office inspiration you can use in your own space!

If you’ve missed any of our previous RV posts, you can catch up and get more details about each of the projects here:

Why We Chose to Live In An RV (Again!)

How to Paint RV Interior Walls

Planning An RV Makeover

RV Bathroom Reveal

Thanksgiving in the RV

RV Kitchen Remodel Reveal

3 Ways to Style a Pouf in a Small Living Room

RV Bedroom Remodel Reveal

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Have any questions about our RV home office makeover? I’d love to answer them in the comments below! 

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18 comments

Kathy February 21, 2019 - 11:50 am

It’s wonderful! I really love what you’ve accomplished with the RV. As someone who went to RV shows with her parents as a child, I have difficulty envisioning an RV being anything but that strange decor style that they lean on.

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Ashley February 21, 2019 - 5:50 pm

Thank you, we really appreciate that! And yes! I don’t know why they can’t decorate them cute to begin with! 🙂

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Mama C February 21, 2019 - 12:42 pm

One word: STUNNING!

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Ashley February 21, 2019 - 5:50 pm

Thanksss!!! 😀

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Susan February 22, 2019 - 9:06 am

What a thought out transformation Simply gorgeous!

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Ashley February 23, 2019 - 10:33 am

Thank you so much!

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Matt March 19, 2019 - 8:39 am

Hey there, I love the office! Are Mike’s desk legs fully custom made? I didn’t see any reference to where they came from.

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Ashley March 19, 2019 - 6:14 pm

Hi Matt! They are completely custom, made from mainly from 2x4s and lag bolts.

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Matt March 19, 2019 - 8:07 pm

Wow! Nice work. Thanks for the response.

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RV Windows March 30, 2019 - 1:43 am

Big hugs and keep it beautiful!

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Ashley March 31, 2019 - 1:31 pm

Thanks!!

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Dakota September 22, 2019 - 8:02 pm

So beautiful girl! I have one question though! How did y’all securely hang heavy things on the walls? Things like shelves, TV etc? RV walls are SO thin and we are currently remodeling ours. I’m afraid the wall will rip right out haha. Thanks!

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Ashley September 25, 2019 - 12:07 pm

Hi, thanks so much! Yes, you have to be very careful mounting heavy things to the walls. However, the studs in the walls are actually quite strong, you just have to make sure to fasten directly to the studs. Using the right length of fasteners is super important. You want to make sure the wood screw, or lag bolt is able to go almost all the way through the stud so that it gets a strong hold, but of course not so long that it sticks through on the outside!

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Dakota September 26, 2019 - 7:08 pm

So true!! I’ve noticed our studs are so irregular and random how did y’all find your studs?

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Ashley September 30, 2019 - 3:40 pm

Hmm that’s odd! Ours were pretty obvious because there is a seam in the RV wallpaper over every stud. But if you don’t see seams, you can use a stud finder or maybe even just knock on the walls moving horizontally across and you’ll be able to hear a difference.

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Judith Nigh October 24, 2019 - 1:59 pm

This is truly lovely…my question is what are you doing with the detritus of life, i.e. paperwork that must be save i.e. taxes, insurance policies, vehicle registrations, etc. etc. etc?

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Ashley November 8, 2019 - 9:36 am

We save almost everything as a digital file using our scanner. I talk more about our system for paperwork in this post. Anything that can’t be thrown away after being scanned or that we need to save as a physical document, we put inside our fireproof safe that is stored under our bed.

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Judi Nigh November 8, 2019 - 12:06 pm

Thanks Ashley. Happy and blessed holidays.

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