Holiday Style for Small Spaces


With summer well and truly here, our minds have turned to holidays. Think hot sunny days, strawberry-fuelled picnics and days of endless daydreaming… Pure bliss!

But here at Futon Company our minds are never far from all things design so when we read about Jo Pilkington’s retro campsite in the August edition of Red Magazine it was love at first sight. Located in the valleys near Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire, Jo’s campsite is a haven for retro caravans, each one decked out to maximise the space available in the most stylish way possible. Jo’s design tips include…

• “Doing up vintage vans is not so different from a small home – they have the same constraints. In small spaces, small things matter more, hence our mantra ‘the devil is in the detail.’ Thinking about how each detail fits together is key to getting it right. We always sit down and plan a space before we do it rather than hoping it will come together”
• “Strong colour,” she says, “used sparingly, adds character to small spaces. A lime-green wall in a 1950s van is a pointer to the period, while an Indian yellow for a wall in a 1970s van drenches the space in a warm glow come the evening sun”
• “Caravan windows are tiny, so you can get away with bold curtains as you only need a little fabric. Mixing up haberdashery, from trims to tiebacks, is all part of the fun of design”
• “Don’t economise on upholstery. Great-quality, hard-wearing fabric will pay dividends when it’s washed or dry-cleaned and it comes back looking as good as new”

Futon Company says: There’s a lot to learn from Jo’s approach. As she points out, there are real parallels between maximising space in a van and designing a home which makes the most of small space living. Check out key pieces from Futon Company – ideal for space saving living…

Linda Table










Solid Oak Teatime Table










Betsy Table










Hardwood Folding Chairs