You may be full-timing in a tiny pop-out camper or a weekend warrior in a larger 350 square foot fifth wheel, but you still have a lack of storage space in your RV. It’s time you make some room and spread out in your rolling palace. These compact, yet brilliant ideas will help you make the most of your space and keep your camper neat and clean.
12. Over-the-Door Trash Can
Behind the various cabinet and bedroom doors in your RV is a plethora of unused space. Making the most of this untapped potential will declutter the open areas and capitalize on space that would otherwise be wasted. The over-the-door trash can attaches to a cabinet door, such as a cabinet under the sink, and is easy to access.
11. Sliding Drawer Storage
This space-saving tip does not necessarily make use of unused spaces, maybe slightly, but instead makes accessing space much easier. Adding a couple drawer sliders can take the hassle out of getting into tight storage spaces in your cabinets. These gems will allow you to easily reach those items in the back of the cabinet.
10. Shoe Organizers for Anything
Shoe organizers are not just for shoes anymore, well they can be. You can hang them on the back of the bathroom door to hold toiletries, shampoo and conditioner, or even rolled up towels. Throw one on the bedroom door to store odd and ends as well. Additionally, you don’t have to settle with whatever size you buy, you can also cut it into smaller sections to use in tighter areas as well.
9. Tic Tac Spice Holders
When you’re heading out to the lake for a 4 day weekend you probably don’t need entire cans of spices to grace your steaks, which inevitably will take up the majority of space in one of your cabinets. Instead, take only what you need by storing your spices in empty Tic Tac containers. A fresh breath and a sharpie later, you have a compact yet organized storage solution for your spice woes.
8. Hitch Mounted Cargo Carrier
The hitch mounted cargo carrier is an essential item for the extreme outdoor enthusiast. You can store bikes, additional totes, or generators on this external expansion of storage space. This goes without saying, but you may want to consider only carrying cargo that is suitable for getting wet – or you could always throw a cover over the goods. Despite being an awesome solution for limited storage, ensure you verify your camper bumper can hold the weights you plan on hauling on the carrier.
7. Bed Storage Space Struts
Many RVs come with struts on the under-bed storage, but then again there are many that do not. This can be a huge inconvenience if your bed does not have them as opening the lid to the storage is nearly impossible with the weight of the mattress, mattress pad, and comforter. It is also worth noting that this modification does not have to be expensive as you can simply use automobile hood and trunk struts to get the job done.
6. Under-cabinet Mason Jars
There is tons of wasted space in the upper regions of your cabinets and cupboards, but this is because it is also nearly impossible to store anything there. That is where these under-cabinet mason jars come into play. Simply attach the lid to the top of the cabinet with glue, screws, or Velcro and twist on/off the jar itself. This is a neat and clean method to maximizing your RV space and it is easy to get at.
5. Magnetic Strips on the Walls
Just like the under cabinet mason jar hack, this creative idea makes use of the most unusual of spaces – the wall. Use magnetic strips to hold up knives, spices, tools, or anything else you can think of to keep it off the counter.
4. Under-shelf Baskets
There is a good chance you have seen under-shelf basket storage before, but did you think about putting on in your RV? These useful storage baskets not only increase your storage capacity within your cabinets and cupboards, but they’re also extremely versatile. You can place these in numerous places whether in the kitchen for dishes, the bathroom for towels, or the bedroom for folded garments. This is just another RV hack that makes use of the unused space in your cabinets.
3. Nightstand Organizer
It is a common fact that RVs do not include nightstands – and why would they? There is almost no possible place to put one! This is where you get innovative and capitalize on the very little space next to your bed. This simple but effective nightstand replacement helps you organize the stuff that would otherwise go in your nightstand.
2. Velcro Everything!
There is absolutely no limit to what Velcro can do in a camper. You drive down bumpy roads on the way to the campsite, objects fly around, and when you arrive at your destination your camper is a mess. Everything from remotes, to tools, to curtains can be Velcro’d to walls and the inside of cabinets. Generally, it may be worthwhile keeping a roll of Velcro around just in case you find something else that needs to be secured on the road.
1. Ottoman for Toys
Do you have kids with lots of toys to keep them occupied on the rainy days? Consider storing them in plain sight with a simple, yet elegant storage ottoman. This will not only serve as quick and easy stash of toys for the kids (or anything else you can think of) but also compliment your furniture while not being an eyesore.
This, of course is not an all inclusive list of essential space savers for your RV, but they’re definitely a starting point to increasing your livable space. Put one or two of these simple RV space saving ideas to use and evaluate how they help. We would love to hear your results and get your ideas for more space enhancing tips.