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Campervan furniture advice


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Campervan furniture guide

Your campervan furniture will define your level of luxury on your campervan breaks

Our campervan experts guide you through all the essentials for your campervan, including tables, chairs, inflatable seating, windbreaks and protection from the elements.

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Introduction to campervan furniture

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So much choice

After buying your campervan, outdoor furniture is likely to be the next thing you’ll invest in. Visit any outdoor show or shop and you’ll be struck by how much choice is available.

Pack size is everything

But beware: even though it’s tempting to buy the full range, remember that you need space to store it all – both in transit, and at home if your campervan is used as a daily driver.

Make a list

When choosing essential items of camping furniture, pack size is one of the most important factors to consider, so start by making a list of the things you really need. That starts with camping chairs.

Campervan camping chairs

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Buy the best you can afford

You’re likely to while away many hours sitting in your chairs, so make sure they are comfortable. Cheap and cheerful may seem like a good idea when you’re in the shop considering price tags, but it’s worth spending the extra on good-quality chairs in the long run.

Tripod chairs

Tripod chairs are so named because they fold like a tripod. They usually come with a carry bag with a handle, so they are handy for taking down the beach, etc, and typically take up less storage space in your campervan than folding chairs.

Folding chairs

Folding chairs fold in half like a book. These are often bigger and more comfortable, with features like a reclining back and adjustable headrest, but be mindful of the size and weight of them, as they can be quite bulky. If you need a set of four, they can easily fill up your campervan boot!

Inflatable chairs

Inflatable furniture is another option to consider, especially if you have an awning that doubles as a bedroom. Inflatable armchairs and settees that convert to camp beds are widely available, but beware that they can be on the bulky side, and don’t forget to pack a compatible pump!

Campervan camping tables

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Choosing the right table

The next piece of furniture you will need is a table. These are also available in many shapes and sizes, so it’s important to consider how you’re going to use it. For most campervanners, a camping table is used for eating meals and playing games, so make sure the table is big enough to accommodate the number of diners in your camp.

Table & chair sets

If buying chairs at the same time as your table, make sure these are at the right height – especially if you have children. For a really versatile set-up, opt for a picnic table. These typically seat four and come with a pair of benches or individual stools. The table folds like a suitcase and the chairs fit inside, so it takes up minimum storage space in the campervan.

Weather protection - sunshine and rain

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Sun, rain and wind

The weather can be very changeable when camping in the great outdoors, so consider what protection you might need from the sun, rain and wind. Many campervanners are happy to sit inside when it’s cold outside, so only shade is needed. This can sometimes be achieved by simply parking your campervan at a different angle in order to block the sun, or you may have a roll-out cassette awning already fitted to the side of your campervan.

Canopies and tarps

If you don't have a cassette awning, or you would like to add to it, a canopy or tarp that can be attached to the campervan and pegged to the ground is a simple, lightweight solution. Some canopies are also available with removable side panels, which will provide shelter from rain and wind, so these are ideal if you’re looking for a compact alternative to a full awning. If you spend a lot of time at the campsite, frequently have barbecues and also enjoy days on the beach, a windbreak will also come in very handy, as might a gazebo.

Buying advice

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Try before you buy

Finally, some buying advice. When choosing a campervan, it’s important to see it in the flesh and take it for a test drive – the same is true of furniture. Buying online without trying things out can result in unsuitable furniture that you won’t use. Instead, visit shops and shows where you can try it out for size.

Visit a campervan show

A good place to start is at a Warners campervan show, where you’ll find hundreds of accessories stalls. To find a show near you, just visit our shows page to see what shows are coming up near you!

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