Ceiling Replacement Ideas for an RV

Whether your recreational vehicle is your home or just your home away from home on occasion, replace its ceiling with something that expresses your personality and style. The ceiling is one of the most important parts of the entire structure of the vehicle, and signs of damage include dark spots and sagging. Sometimes it is repairable, but, if not, replace it with a design that is a little more homey.


Depending on what the style of your ceiling is, whether it is a solid ceiling or has drop-down tiles to get to electrical and plumbing elements, choose nontraditional replacement alternatives. For example, in lieu of traditional sheet metal, replace the ceiling of your RV with a blast from the past. Install a custom-made piece of diamond plate or corrugated metal. Use vintage tin tiles instead of standard drop-down tiles. Paint them to match the rest of your decorating scheme.


Create the look of an old-fashioned panel wagon using wood to replace your RV's ceiling. Panelling, which is usually used for to trim car doors or cover walls in a home, comes in many finishes and colours. Another option is wooden slats. Carve designs into the wood before installing it. Re-create the look of an old-fashioned beadboard ceiling using reclaimed material from older homes.


Cover your ceiling in fabric for an additional punch of colour. Drape it from the centre of the RV or around a focal point such as a sunroof. Choose a durable fabric, preferably one that is washable in case of a leak. Drape it through beams or cover standard drop-down tiles with it. Choose a pattern that complements the rest of the interior design scheme that you used to decorate your RV.

Artistic Alternatives

Another option is to simply paint your ceiling using a product that is meant for the type of material that it is. Paint it a solid colour that complements all the hues in your design scheme. Create a personal mural of your favourite vacation spot using stencils. Create a photo collage by tacking up your vacation pictures to cover your entire ceiling, and change them out with the season or location where your RV is parked.

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Rosallee Scott has been a freelance writer since 1998. Currently, her career is focused on creating informational articles for Web content. Though Scott's articles cover a variety of topics, her concentration is predominately on garden-related issues, decorating and interior design.