Camping awnings are infinitely useful when you head off on a camping trip. Everyone has their preferred use for one, whether it’s for extra sleeping space, a place for your pooch to rest their paws, a grand dining hall or just somewhere to throw mucky boots!
However, it’s often choosing the right awning accessories that turn your tent into a home. Your awning interior is just as crucial as the awning itself, with the inside offering numerous ideas for transforming your caravan pitch into a palace!
Some possibilities include things like:
Keeping warm and cosy with groundsheets and carpets
Creating more space with an awning annexe
Setting the mood with awning lighting
Using camping furniture to suit your needs
What to put inside a caravan awning…
What you put inside your caravan awning or motorhome awning often depends on what you want to use it for. Take a look at our top picks of the best motorhome and caravan awning accessories for some ideas on how to keep the inside of your awning comfortable and cosy…
1. Awning groundsheets and mats for practicality
A waterproof awning groundsheet or footprint is usually essential for any camper. Not only do they protect the floor of your tent, but also add an extra layer of protection between you and the damp ground.
However, for further comfort inside your tent, Kampa Easy Lock Floor Tiles are a brilliant product. They are breathable, less damaging to the insects and grass below, and help limit any discomfort from rocks under your floor. Particularly useful if you will be sleeping in your over hard ground. They come in packs of four, which covers a 1m2 area, though their interlocking design means you can easily adjust the shape and size.
2. Create a home-from-home feel with awning carpets
Once you’ve protected your awning from the damp ground beneath, adding one of our awning carpets or rugs inside helps create a comfortable home-from-home feeling. Perfect if you want to use your awning area like a bedroom or relaxing living space. An awning rug can also help keep you warmer.
Awning carpets can be found that match the exact model of your awning so that it will fit like a glove. A lot of them include breathability to help protect the grass, along with a non-slip surface and added insulation. If you like a little luxury during your camping trip, an awning carpet is an excellent interior idea.
3. Add extra sleeping space with an awning annexe
Are you suddenly finding your caravanning arrangements are a little snug? Maybe you have a new addition to the family? Or perhaps you’re finding your once small campers are now outgrowing their child-sized sleeping bags?
Buying a new, bigger awning is one solution to this problem. However, instead of sacrificing living space or privacy, you could add on an awning annexe. Available for many models of awnings, you can zip them on to the side of your current canopy to create an extra room. Whether you use this as a bedroom, for storage or just for a little extra privacy is up to you!
If your awning can’t facilitate a canopy in this way, you could also consider the Vango Free-Standing Bedroom Inner. Designed to sit inside your canopy, it’s a great way for guest campers to enjoy their own sleeping space. Alternatively, for just keeping clutter out of the way when not in use.
4. Set the mood with awning lighting
There’s nothing worse than fumbling around in the dark on your camping trip! What’s more, a gloomy awning does little to create an enjoyable atmosphere during evenings in the great outdoors. Instead, make sure you set the tone right with the best camping awning lights.
If you have a Vango or Kampa awning, you can make the most of their inbuilt caravan awning lighting fittings. The Vango Sunbeam 450 Starter Set and Vango Sunbeam Flexi Light Kit can be seamlessly attached to the SkyTrack system of your Vango awning.
If you don’t have a Vango awning, they come with hooks and loops, so you can still use them. Alternatively, the Kampa Sabre Link 150 Starter Kit is designed especially for Kampa awnings and tents, though can also be attached to other types, too.
All of these awning light strip kits are ideal for creating convenient lighting in your awning interior. They switch on and off with a switch or remote control, just like lights in a standard room, as well as giving off a comfortable, warm light, so you feel right at home.
5. Find caravan awning furniture ideas that suit your needs
Finally, once you’ve taken care of creating a cosy floor, making enough space and getting the lighting right, it’s time to set up your awning’s camping furniture.
There are plenty of awning furniture ideas you could create for yourself. If you want to set up a comfortable sitting room, make sure you find some plush camping chairs and take plenty of cushions and blankets for cosying up in the evening. Why not download some films onto your iPad and hold an outdoor movie night? Sitting on the floor won’t be too uncomfortable either if you set up well with an awning carpet.
Another popular idea for furniture inside your caravan awning is to create a dining room. Choose a camping table that the whole family or group can fit around. Remember, you can always store it out of the way in your awning annexe when it’s not in use. Take some camping tableware to serve up your feast in style and a cool box for having refreshing drinks on hand, too! There are plenty more camping kitchen furniture options to help you get into the swing of things, as well.