Being a blogger who lives in a mobile home, I tend to get a lot of mobile home related emails and questions about renovating them. I don’t particularly write this blog for mobile home folks per say, I try to share my ideas on how to make the most of whatever home you have. While we could easily afford a real house, it wouldn’t be in the same place where I live now, and there’s no place on earth I’d rather live. So we just make the most of what we have and do our best to bring our vision of home to life.
With all that said, I still get those questions. If you’ve never lived in a mobile home, there’s one thing that we all hate – those darn strips on mobile home walls that they use to hide the cracks in the drywall. Mobile homes are made with pre-wallpapered dry wall, then matching strips are made to hide the gaps, because they’re made as quickly and cheaply as possible. Plus moving a house creates all kinds of problems, so this also helps to eliminate cracking of dry wall compound in said joints.
I hate those strips. And I know that tons of others do, too, because I get emails about what to do all the time. So today I’m sharing the three ways we recovered our mobile home walls to get rid of the mobile home look.
1) Bead board: Let’s start with what we use the most: bead board walls. We have covered about 75% of the walls in our house with ply bead, and I’ve shared before how we install bead board walls. It’s not the cheapest option, but it is my favorite. Because mobile homes don’t have a lot of character, this adds tons of it. Plus they help insulate better and sound proof, both of which are issues mobile home owners have issues with. It costs on average about $600 per room to do this – but if you think about the energy savings from the additional protection of the walls, it’s really worth it. Plus, let’s face it – it’s pretty. I’m all about some pretty.
2) Corrugated Metal: In our laundry room, we kind of ran out of budget, but found a KILLER deal on some metal roofing, so we installed it on one wall. The whole wall was less than $40 to do (including trim), and it went up faster than bead board. On top of that, it doesn’t need to be painted. Can you say win/win?
3) Planking: The last (and most recent) wall treatment we’ve added is plank walls. We have them as a focal wall in our bedroom and love the rustic quality it lends, even though these days I’m trying to take a more modern approach (juxtaposition is one of my favorite things.)
I’m sure there’s probably eleven million other ways to cover walls without breaking the bank, these ideas are ones I’ve actually used and can tell you with experience that they work. Do you have to live in a mobile home to use them? Absolutely not! If you’re looking to add a little something extra to a space, wall coverings can go a long way, baby!