Small Cabin Interior Finishing and Design
Small Cabin InsulationBefore doing any interior finishing work, you need to decide whether you want to insulate your small cabin. I.e., do you plan to use it during colder months?
Think carefully - installing insulation after all interior work is done can be quite messy and time-consuming. If you are looking for suggestions and other people's opinions, look at this insulation discussion thread on our Small Cabin forum.
Small Cabin Interior WallsI'd recommend stapling a moisture-repellent (polyethylene) film to the interior side of the wall studs before nailing decorative panels to them. This will add moisture protection to your small cabin, helping to preserv the cabin structure and its contents (furniture, clothes, etc.) I used 4x8 ft decorative sheets/panels for indoor finishing. Just measure, cut and nail to the wall studs. Because I selected finished decorative panels, there was no need to paint the interior of my small cabin. The wood look and feel suits me well.
Small Cabin FloorYou should cover bare, pressure treated floor plywood.
If not covered, it will wear pretty quickly. Also, covering PT plywood will help reduce any possible emission of the plywood’s chemical elements and odors into the cabin. A simple roll of linoleum or self-adhesive decorative linoleum tiles work nicely.