5 Ways to Make Low Ceilings Appear Higher in Mobile Homes

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 appear higher in mobile homes.

The standard 7′ side wall can make a large room appear smaller but these simple ways to make low ceilings appear higher in mobile homes will help. 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.

Painting A Mobile Home Ceiling Before And After Dodi Dolendi
You often don’t realize how yellow your ceilings are until you paint it.

Paint Your Ceiling Bright White

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 super glossy white paint.

If you like lots of colors 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
Vertical patterns and wall art helps make ceilings appear higher. Source: Used Mobile Homes R Us

Use 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

Install Curtains as High as Possible

Raising your curtain rod is one of the easiest ways to make low ceilings appear higher in mobile homes. It will take you less than an hour.

Using Thick Trim To Cover The Seams Of A Mobile Home Ceiling
Divide your ceiling height by 3 and use that number as a guide for wainscotting.

Use the Rule of Thirds

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

Related: Beginner’s Guide to Small Space Decorating

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. Light draws the eye up, giving the feel of a larger space with a higher ceiling.

Related: 63 Affordable DIY Lighting Projects

Summary for Making your Low Ceilings Appear Higher

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

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

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Kim Alley
Kim Alley

Kim Alley has been a part of Mobile Home Living since 2017 and has written over 300 articles for the site.


  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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