In the world of motorhomes, it is often not just a case of how much space is on offer but what’s done with it that counts.
Simply changing the positioning of some of the essential elements inside the motorhome or by applying especially ingenious solutions of design, the usable area and interior appearance may be changed considerably – that what makes motorhome layouts such a critical factor in choosing one make and model over another to suit your particular family’s needs.
The designer’s challenge
For any motorhome designer, the challenge is fitting quite so much into the relative confines of your second home on wheels. There are the driver’s and passenger seats up front in the cockpit, of course, but behind that there need to be spaces in which to relax, to cook, take a shower, a place for the toilet, and to sleep.
Much of that layout is likely to be occupied by the beds – the largest single feature that needs to be fitted inside your motorhome – and that’s where the designer’s ingenuity and imagination is most called for:
Rear lounge layout
- this is a layout you might have noticed when following a motorhome along the motorway – a lounge area situated at the back of the vehicle, typically to make the most of the panoramic view you are likely to get from a big window at the rear;
Front lounge layout
- but the lounge area might also be immediately behind the driver and passenger seats in the cab – and is probably nowadays the most popular layout;
- it means that your galley or kitchen area, washroom and – in the case of larger motorhomes – the bedroom, too, are all situated towards the rear of the vehicle;
Fixed double bed
- the bed you sleep in at home is likely to have enough space around it to climb in from either side and this is also possible with a motorhome’s fixed double bed as an “island” with access from both side, and fixed so you don’t need to fold it down and make it up from scratch every night;
Fixed single bed
- on the same principle – but for those who prefer to sleep alone – fixed single beds are also available;
- as an article in AutoTrader points out, a fixed bed is one which you don’t have to convert from the seating area in the lounge – for that reason, fixed beds are normally situated at the back of a motorhome, ready and waiting, already made up for when you want to turn in for the night;
French bed layout
- the so-called French bed is a layout designed to make the most of the space in a smaller motorhome, since it is usually fitted against the wall and the corners at the foot of the bed may be cut off and rounded, so it is easier to get around them;
- for some of the arguments in favour of and against this type of arrangement, take a look at the article on the website Out and About Live;
- not so many motorhomes feature bunk beds, but they tend to be a favourite with children, so if you have a young family travelling with you on holidays, you might want to give a thought to this space-saving arrangement.
Motorhome layouts are many and varied – typically masterpieces in design and ingenuity. The layout that suits you is likely to be determined by your family’s own particular needs and the way you intend to use your motorhome. Whatever those needs may be, you are almost certain to find a layout that suits you.