Single wide mobile home living room makeovers are difficult because there are only so many ways you can arrange the furniture.

We thought it would be helpful to gather a bunch of photos of beautiful single wide living rooms to help you get ideas for decorating and arranging the furniture. We also found some tips about arranging furniture for small living room.

Tips on Arranging Furniture in a Single Wide

Single wide mobile homes usually have living rooms in the middle of the home with the kitchen and dining room right beside them. The shape is usually boxy and there are many points of entry that hinders furniture placement.

Living rooms should be as functional as they are beautiful. Hopefully, these tips and images will help you achieve that.

Consider your Traffic Patterns

The natural pathway for single wides usually includes a front door, a hallway, and a kitchen. All three points must be easily accessible and that drastically limits how we can place the furniture. Putting the furniture up against the walls is the most common furniture layout for single wides but as you’ll see below you do have other options.

Establish a Focal Point

Decorating a room and arranging furniture is easier when you establish a focal point first.

The majority of these single wide mobile home living rooms have an obvious focal point. The most popular focal points are bookcases, fireplaces, and accent walls. The most popular wall for the focal point is the shorter wall beside the hallway (I call it the hallway wall).

In the 25 single wide living rooms below you will probably notice a pattern. A sofa will be along one of the long walls and the chairs on the other with a TV or bookcase on the short hallway wall.

Scale and Balance

Scale and balance are important for furniture arrangements and pleasing decor.

The scale of a room simply means that the furniture should be the right size for the room. Some designers recommend the rule or 3s. The majority of your furniture should not be above the bottom third of your wall height.

A balanced room will have the largest pieces of furniture symmetrically placed or opposite each other.

Yes, the furniture placement options are limited but you can still have a gorgeous living room in your mobile home! The 25 examples below prove it.

Cozy Charm

Jennifer Simmons completely remodeled here 1964 Chateau mobile home last year.

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One of a Kind

This 1972 single wide has a built-in focal point and it’s awesome! The television balances the room in the opposite wall.

1972 SW for Sale

Budget Focal Point

Focal points don’t have to cost a lot. The bookshelves were $29.99 at Big Lots and the fireplace was found on Craigslist.

MHL Headquarters

Black Beauty

Many interior designers will tell you that dark colors don’t work for small spaces but they absolutely can. You just need to be careful about how you do it. Learn more interior design tips for mobile homes.

The focal point in this room is the black accent wall. The loveseat adds depth and the lamp and plant balance each other perfectly.

SW for Sale on FB

Charming and Comfortable

The hallway wall in this 1991 manufactured home makes for a great focal point. However, the hallway itself can create an imbalance if you’re not careful. The owner of this home used a large clock to balance it out.

Related: 15 Great Mobile Home Remodels

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This Living Room Follows all the Rules

This single wide mobile home living room uses scale and balance well. The two chairs on the right balance each other. The lamp in between is a perfect height.

The grey wall with the sofa and mirror make a great accent wall. The sconces are giving the balance.

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Cozy Cool

Vintage trailers and mobile homes usually have the living room on the end. It was done for park living and campgrounds.

You are seeing the results of Kirk Montgomery’s $500 vintage mobile makeover. Balance, scale, and comfort are all used and it looks great!

arranging furniture in mobile home - cozy retro style living room

Cool Canadian

Canada’s single wides are wide! The extra space gives owners more space to work with. The focal point here is the TV with the large prints above it. We featured a couple of Canadian manufactured homes here.

Canadian SW – Featured

BoHo Eclectic

This single wide was for sale in Oregon a few years ago. It’s on a gorgeous property. It’s simple but still has a focal point.

Oregon SW for sale – featured

Magic Mirror

Kathy’s 1978 single wide is a beauty inside and out. Her furniture placement is unique but it works well.

The hallway wall is the perfect place for an accent wall. If the kitchen is next to the living room, and most are, a good focal point will work its magic for both rooms.

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Cottage Beauty

I love everything about this home! The two sofas on each wall balance the space perfectly. And there’s no need for a coffee table when you have plenty of end tables.
Coffee tables aren’t always helpful to a room or even required.

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Mid-Century Marvelous

The new single wide mobile homes in this park are so cool. The accent wall is simple but it works. The accessories really pull this room together.

Source: Redfin

Savannah Simplicity

This is a new manufactured home but I’m including for one reason – the wood beams. It can be difficult to give separate space with open-space floor plans.

Clayton Homes – Savannah Model – McComb Home Center

Cozy Classic Woods let me feature her gorgeous 1964 mobile home makeover years ago. She is so creative and clearly has a knack for design. With such a small space (the whole house is less than 700 square feet) she made sure everything was easy to move around and serve two purposes whenever possible.

Dianna Wood, 1964 single wide

1962 Skyline

This mid-century modern style vintage mobile home is so cool! It has an accent wall, clean lines, balance and simple furniture placement.

Clean and Crisp

Annie paid $10,000 for this 1980 Skyline model single wide and spent another $5,000 to remodel it. The original mirrors make a great accent wall that does both pulls the eye toward and the mirrors bounce light around making the space feel bigger.

Simple furniture is cozy and clean. Round coffee tables are perfect for small space with the traffic flow going by it.

Simple Mid-Modern

This single wide mobile home living room is gorgeous. I think our friend Steven shared it on Facebook page.

The fire place is a great focal point. The furniture placement is perfect since space is at a premium.

SW for sale in Denver

Colorful Cottage

This single side living room is great! The sectional is used to separate the living room and the kitchen visually but not so much spatially. I think I found this on Facebook.

arrange furniture in single wide - sectional separates space

Eclectic Elegance

I’m a sucker for gallery walls! Carolyn shared her eclectic single wide story with us years ago.

Coastal Cottage

This living room proves you don’t always need a sofa. This space is separated in to a few different areas. The office desk is behind the love seat on the back wall and a conversation set on the left. There’s plenty of room for activities!

Source: Facebook Marketplace

French Country Cottage

Felicia created a gorgeous living room in her newer single wide manufactured home. The uses the hallway as the focal point and balances it out with the matching mirrors. She doesn’t have a coffee table so there’s no traffic interference.

Visually Pleasing

This 1986 single wide living room is so visually pleasing to me. I think it may the wood beams and stone fireplace. You can read about the owner’s journey to restore her single wide mobile home.

The more you look the more you find. The large armoire on the right balances out the bedroom door. As we learned with the hallway wall, doors and windows need balanced out too.

Modern Cabin

This accent wall is amazing! The wood warms up the cold gray and the bookcase on the left balances out the hallways.

The furniture placement is simple and cozy.

Modern Chic

This 1995 single wide is a beautiful home! They nudged all the furniture on the left of the home to allow for easy entry at the front door. The accent wall has a bench and plenty of storage.

arrange furniture in single wide - modern chic style

What Living Room?

I wanted to share this Phillips’ gorgeous new single wide because it’s so unique. After they turned a bedroom into a cool media room they decided they would rather have a large kitchen and dining space over a small living room. The area that was intended for a dining table is where the large kitchen island stands.

The living room is now their dining room!

Use Every Inch Possible in Mobile Home Living Rooms

Single wide living rooms can be short on space but that doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish. When space is limited you need every piece in the room to serve more than one purpose.

The best tip anyone can give about mobile home decorating is to do whatever makes you happy! A home should be something you are proud of, regardless of how big it is, how old it is, or how much it cost.

Thank you for reading Mobile Home Living®!

12 thoughts on “25 Awesome Single Wide Mobile Home Living Rooms”

  1. Crystal,

    What did the industry do when you started this great newsletter? As a retired corporate communications writer/editor/photographer, etc., it seems that the industry should be happy to support your work. Networking with manufactured home representatives sounds like a bonus for both sides. In fact, in the heat of last summer I decided to take a quick tour through some new double-wide models — mistake, mistake, mistake! Granted, there was some innovative interior design, but the SMELL of glued fiberboard and formaldehyde nearly knocked me over! I thought those respiratory poisons had been eliminated from manufactured homes. NOT SO — each home had a sign posted on a kitchen counter disclaiming the production materials, but that is all. Buying a new home would be guaranteeing a severe medical problem in one, or more, family members (and children would be extremely susceptible). I would love to hear what the industry has to say about the off-gassing of toxic building materials. I thought those Katrina “homes” brought this issue to their attention. Additionally, I have a story of my own, and would love to talk to someone like the man who said he was going to a conference in DC. Surely someone in the industry cares about the health and welfare of the people who buy their products. As an elder who financially needs to downsize, a new single-wide might be a good option — but, my health would deteriorate rapidly. What happened to all those Katrina families with health problems? I think I will do some Internet research and see if I can leave some comments in strategic places.

    1. Hi Martha!

      The manufactured housing industry is a mess! I wrote a little bit about the issues I’ve had in an article titled, “No, I Will Not Stop Using the Words Mobile Home! Get Over it!

      I also wrote an article about the toxic trailers and off-gassing called “Is your mobile home making you sick?

      The Katrina trailers weren’t really ‘mobile homes’ but campers. Unfortunately, the news showed images of manufactured homes and used the word ‘trailer’ which to many means a mobile home. They later auctioned off all those trailers/campers a couple of years ago. I found out that all homes have off-gassing but because manufactured homes are built to be airtight it’s harder for them to rid themselves of the off-gassing. You absolutely were smelling the gases coming from the materials but they say it’s below the safe range and it will dissipate in a few weeks. I would think the dealers would keep the doors and windows open for a bit before they started allowing anyone to tour the homes? I’m not sure what could be done for new homes going straight to the buyers though.

      Thanks for the comment. There really is a lot of benefits to buying an older mobile home besides just the price. At least with the older models, there isn’t any off-gassing. Hope to hear from you lots more.

  2. I love all the ideas. Although I have to admit I bought a 1973 Fleetwood double wide last year. It has the wood paneling, avocado green sinks and tubs and I love it just the way it is. It’s like stepping into a time machine. Plus I’m probably one of the few willing to admit that I liked avocado, gold, orange and brown of that era and still do. The place simply makes me happy.

    1. Hi MaryAnn!

      The tub in our 1978 single wide is still avocado green! We did have to change out the surround but the tub is still in great shape so I couldn’t part with it (plus, I like the color and I’m cheap….lol). Every trend comes back around anyway!

      Thanks for commenting!

  3. marilyn ackerman

    Wow, makes me want to go back to a single wide. I have so many wonderful memories of that time and these pictures almost made me cry. My current home is a doublewide and is 20 years old. Bought it new.

  4. Tried to sign up for your newsletter and it says I’m “Blacklisted”? I serve on the board of Directors of the Federation of Manufactured Homes of Florida, the board of the National Federation of Manufactured Home Owners, and will be in Washington DC next week serving on HUD’s Manufactured Home Consensus Committee with industry & advocacy leaders from across the country. If I’m blacklisted – who exactly do you want this going to? Check out our website (which I manage) FMO.ORG. I even feature a link to your repair tips – go figure

    1. Hi Russell.

      I emailed Get Response, the email company, and they said that this usually happens if the subscriber has ever marked an email from the sender as spam. I’ve done it accidentally more than once (the spam button is right beside the delete button on gmail). I don’t think I can lift it because there are so many rules about email (which is why everyone has to confirm the subscription through their email after signing up). The powers-that-be are very strict against spam. Apologies. With that said, if you have another email address maybe that would work?

      PS I have no reason (or the ability) to blacklist anyone. I understand that with the complete disconnection between the manufactured industry and the state agencies, and journalists, etc. that everyone is suspicious of everyone else but I’m not a part of any of it. I just own a mobile home. After the way I was treated by the industry when I first started this blog I’m happy hiding in the bushes…lol

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