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    How to Make Your Caravan Child-Friendly

    two children sleeping in a motorhome

    Caravan holidays provide families with the perfect opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors without breaking the bank financially, but with all of the creature comforts that a home provides. But just like elements throughout the home, there are some things that need to be child-proofed, so to speak.

    This might include anything from covering up sharp corners to ensuring there are guards in the electrical plug sockets. But these dangers differ somewhat when it comes to caravans. So how can you make your caravan child-friendly both in terms of protecting them from harm and making sure they have a good time?

    Lay out rules for bunk bed use

    Bunk beds are great fun for children, but they’re also effective when it comes to space-saving in the caravan. Many caravan owners opt for bunk beds if they have more than one child, but they do pose a danger to children in particular, especially if they’re not used to them. To make sure your children are safe when using the bunk bed, set out some rules, such as:

    • They should only be used for quiet times, like sleeping, reading or chatting
    • There should only ever be one person on the ladder at once, if there is a ladder
    • The smaller of the two children should stick to the bottom bunk
    • Not using the bunk bed as an indoor climbing frame

    Stay safe during mealtimes

    Kitchens in a caravan are generally very compact, making meal preparation more difficult in comparison to making dinner at home. During meal preparation times, there are likely to be knives, hot water, open flames and other things in and around the kitchen, which will only be amplified in such a small space. When making dinner, ask an adult to supervise the children outdoors and advise them not to reenter until the food has been made and all dangerous factors are extinguished.

    Educate your children about wildlife

    Wildlife is incredibly interesting to observe. It might be that you’ll see some wildlife when caravanning that you don’t normally see at home. With this in mind, children can become over excited, so make sure you tell your children that they should only look at the wildlife from a distance and not to approach or touch the animals, no matter what they might be. This helps to prevent them from being bitten or attacked by wild animals. They should also wait for an adult before actively going out to look for local wildlife.

    Ask your children to respect other caravanners & campers

    Some caravanners and campers might have patio heaters or gas heaters in the vicinity of their lodgings, something which can pose a threat to children who aren’t sure of what they are. Some campers, depending on the rules of the site, might also have open fires in the evenings or use equipment to cook food on. Make sure your children are giving other caravanners space and not to approach people they don’t know. Don’t let your children roam the park by themselves – they should always be accompanied by an adult.

    Tell them what to do if they ever got lost on the caravan site

    The caravan site might have guidelines in place for children if they become lost in the park, so ask them first if there are any procedures that need to be followed. It might be that they have particular spots and/or areas where lost children should go. Once you know enough information, tell your children what to do if they get lost and take them to the place they need to go should that situation arise.

    Regal Furnishings are specialist upholstery experts who are pleased to breathe new life into a wide range of different transportation options including: caravans, motorhomes, static caravans, boats, campervans and horseboxes. If you would like to find out more about the services we have available, get in touch with a member of our dedicated, professional team today – we’re always happy to hear from you.

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    • We called in to get the sofa back/bed base infill on our Pulsar made thicker. I just wanted to let you know that we slept in the camper last night and the bed is now really comfortable.
      I can't believe we've spent over 300 nights over two and a half years building the middle of the bed up with blankets and even an inflatable camping mat!
      I don't know why we didn't think of coming to you sooner.....well worth the trip. As previously, the service from all your staff was excellent and Brett did a perfect job for us.
      We can leave the camping mat and blankets at home now, and Vince can make the bed up in half the time with none of the palaver! - Moira Stroud

      Ms Stroud

    • Hi, Just wanted to say how pleased we are with our motorhome carpets 😊 nice to deal with a “ can do” company for once!
      Reasonable cost and a very good job, so thanks again - Mrs D Stainsby

      Mrs Stainsby

    • Rose and myself, would like to thank everyone at Regal Furnishing for doing such a professional job on our Auto Trail Tracker.
      Thanks again.
      Always keep smiling God bless all - Rose and Ken Taylor

      Mr & Mrs Taylor

    • Hi Just to thank you and let you know that we have now had a couple of weeks away in our caravan (Abbey Dorset 2000) and found the new cushions to be extremely comfortable seats and as a bed sleeping was sound.
      Still can't believe it was done in less than a day.
      The service was excellent. Would not hesitate to recommend you.
      Thanks to all once again.
      James Thomson

      Mr Thomson

    • What a marvellous job you have done reupholstering our Caravan cushions. We are extremely pleased with the result.
      Best wishes
      John & Joyce Welsh

      Mr & Mrs Welsh

    • Thank you so much for the brilliant job you have done, we are so pleased. It has been a pleasure to have done business with such lovely people, thankyou once again.
      Merry Christmas & Best Wishes

    • Hi,
      I had my camper (Mercedes Sprinter) upholstery done by you guys ! I found the whole experience fantastic, Mick help us choosing material and gave us much needed advise, all the workers were friendly and polite, office staff were also helpful, friendly and very efficient.
      I would highly recommend Regal Furnishing Ltd !!!

      Thank you very much, keep up the good work. (not many companys left like yours!)
      John Morrison

      Mr Morrison

    • Top quality service, top quality staff who are very helpful, even supplied and covered a cushion we never knew was part of the furnishings, the whole experience was brilliant from start to finish, 5 stars, well done Mick and his team - Mr Brazier

      Mr Brazier

    • REGAL FURNISHING. WOW!!, WOW!! Great service, we came to look at the vast range of fabrics for our Eura Mobil 810 for a full re-upholstery, very hard to choose as there are so many, we took our time and we were left to choose. We finally decided on a fabric refit. After making our choice we booked in for the refit, being very popular there is a short wait, we did not mind, because getting a great job was the most important.
      However when we got home, and after looking at some of the refits in leather, we turned up to see Mick again, saying "we had changed our minds" and then decided to go for the full leather refit.
      Nothing was a problem for Mick and his excellent team, he went through every stage of the work to be carried out, making special notes of things we wanted, and the things we did not.
      Our van is quite large and we left it at Regal Furnishings in the very secure compound.
      The work was carried out in a very timely manner, and ready for us to collect on the given time and date.
      The surprising thing for us apart from the excellent job of work, was Mick's attention to detail, and actually getting the job done to a very tight budget .
      There are plenty of upholsterers out there, but one that specialises in motor homes, that has secure parking for overnight stops if needed, are few and far between!
      The reviews for regal are exemplary and we had no doubt who would be doing our refit.
      Mick had even matched the curtains and the overhead cab bed.
      We would have absolutely no hesitation recommending Regal Upholstery to our family and friends - David Bosworth

      Mr Bosworth

    • Not long returned having had my Motorhome interior updated. Curtains, Trims, Foam the lot. On the day I arrived there had been a scare for one of the teams family, they had been called away as you would understand. The result was they were short handed! The difference......nothing. The team across the operation simply pulled together and provided a fantastic service. Albeit they probably felt the pressure!
      The complete process was perfect, nice people, nice job, and the weather was nice too. I’ll go back as and when required. Many thanks - W D

      W D

    • Had our upholstery and curtains replaced yesterday. Our 11 year old Apache Autotrail now looks as good as new. Mick and the team at Regal are amazing. Their attention to detail is phenomenal and they are a really friendly group of people. We shall be recommending them to everyone - Beverley Porrett

      Ms Porrett

    • Excellent friendly service. We only had a small job done, a padded end panel for our motorhome. Not only was the cost so reasonable they did a fabulous job and although it was a low cost job we received impeccable service by Mick. Thank you so much for the lovely job you did for us 😊 - Bridget Bales

      Ms Bales

    • Excellent lovely job many thanks to the team - Kim Gough

      Ms Gough

    • Excellent happy management and employees - Sylvia Williams

      Ms Williams

    • The best in the country. Service is fantastic and quick. Good selection of materials to choose from professional advice and always happy smiling staff - Katarzyna Thorp

      Ms Thorp

    • I'm absolutely blown away by the service and quality of the work that mick and his team carried out on my Hamish, I'm delighted from start to finish his team are friendly and do a great job. Thank you - Mark Kingston

      Mr Kingston

    • Second time we have had work done here and can't fault them. Looked after by good staff and the best workmanship. Thank you - Jane Buxton

      Ms Buxton

    • Had our caravan refurbished including a double bed and curtains with tie backs and what a fantastic job Mick and the whole team have made.
      It has made our 14 year old caravan better than when it was brand new!
      Great choice of fabric and foam - Could have leather in choice of colours too.
      Got a few quotes from other companies but Regal furnishings are by far the best - Jane Hutch

      Ms Hutch

    • Workmanship first rate. So pleased with the results. Would recommend them - Sheila Mclean

      Ms Mclean

    • Brilliant service. Quality work really good to deal with - Mr Todd

      Mr Todd