Low ceilings are a design burden for a lot of manufactured homeowners. For many years, most mobile and manufactured homes were built with 7 foot side walls. Even if the home has cathedral ceilings, owners were often still stuck with low ceilings in bedrooms and bathrooms. Builders tried to combat low ceilings by using paneling with large vertical lines but that could only do so much. In this article, I will give you some tips and tricks to help make low ceilings in a manufactured home appear taller.

5 Quick and Easy Ways to Make Low Ceilings Appear Higher

The standard 7′ side wall can make a large room appear smaller but these 5 easy and affordable changes can help make your ceilings appear taller and your rooms seem larger. Something as simple as a new coat of paint, a few well placed pictures, or even a simple curtain rod change can make the room feel larger.


Most ceilings are generally painted the basic white. However, there are a couple of different ways to make low ceilings appear higher, which will make the room appear larger.

One of the easiest ways to make your low ceilings appear higher is to use a super glossy white paint.

If you like lots of color you can use cool color palettes on the walls with a lighter shade on the ceiling.

Related: How to Cover Ceiling Stains in Your Mobile Home


making low ceilings appear taller in a mobile home
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Vertical Patterns and Picture Groupings

Applying a vertical pattern on your wall, with paint, art, or wallpaper, can make your low ceilings appear taller.

Another inexpensive and easy way to create the illusion of a taller ceiling and a bigger room is as simple as creating a group of photos or art that extends towards the ceiling. The trick is to make sure that the pictures are narrow and to collect smaller pieces to create a group that pulls the eye up. This is a great way to show off your favorite photos or art.

Related:16 Great Decorating Ideas for Mobile Homes


Using vertical patterns to make a low ceiling appear higher in a manufactured home
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One of the most simple, yet effective methods to battle low ceilings and help create the appearance of a larger, more airy space is to simply change the place of the curtain rod.

By moving the rod closer to the ceiling you make your ceilings seem higher.


Use the Rule of Thirds

Interior designers use the rule of thirds in spaces with low ceilings all the time. Divide your ceiling height by three and use that number as a guide for all horizontal elements such as furniture or wainscoting.

Related: Beginner’s Guide to Small Space Decorating


7 foot sidewalls on a double wide - makeing low ceilings appear taller in a mobile home
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Use Uplighting

Just like the vertical patterns and art groupings, lighting can make a low ceiling appear taller. Simply place a canister light in a corner or behind a piece of furniture and point it toward the ceiling. The light acts as a magnet for the eye and draws it up, giving the feel of a larger space with a taller ceiling.

Related: 63 Affordable DIY Lighting Projects



These methods will help make your home seem taller. They are all simple and inexpensive yet can totally change the your space more and make it more inviting.

I hope you enjoyed the article and are able to give these ideas a try!

Thank you for reading Mobile Home Living!


2 thoughts on “Make Low Ceilings Appear Higher in Mobile Homes”

  1. I love these ideas! Moving from a two-story vaulted ceiling into a singlewide was more than a little depressing, and makes me feel a bit claustrophobic. I’m definitely going to consider these ideas. Thanks!

    Btw, do you have a blog that I can sign up for? I don’t see anything on these pages that offer it.

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