Maximize Space on Your RV
Owning an RV is a great way to get out and explore the country, but it may also come with challenges such as learning to live in tight quarters — sometimes in a space that’s a mere 8 feet long. For many, the benefits of exploring open road outweigh the challenges posed by space constraints. According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, more than 9 million households own an RV.
Saving space is important when your home is on wheels, so being efficient and organized is key. From cabinetry to commodes, these four tips can help you make the most out of your RV’s space.
1. Organize and Create More Storage Space
When it comes to RV living, think of any space as storage — under the bed, over the bed, above the kitchen nook — all of those areas can be used for storage if they aren’t already. If your RV is short on storage, consider adding your own or rethink your organization.
If closet space is lacking, RV Tailgate Life recommends using hanging organizers on the front or back of your RV doors to store shoes or socks. Packing related items in the same bins or containers, and labeling them, can be an efficient way to organize and help you easily find the items you need later, says OutsideOurBubble.com. Think outside the box when it comes to organizing cabinets as well. Attach hooks on the inside of cabinetry doors to hang items like utensils and hand towels. Avoid using round storage containers as they leave empty gaps and waste shelf space, according to DoItYourselfRV.com.
2. Use Collapsible Kitchenware
Typical glass and ceramic bowls and dishes can take up a lot of space in your cabinets, so you may want to consider alternative options for your RV. TheWaywardHome.com recommends collapsible kitchenware to help you free up space — an added perk is that they won’t break if you hit some major bumps while on the road.
Don’t forget to get creative if you’re limited on countertop space as well. Putting a piece of wood or a cutting board over the sink while you’re prepping and cooking food creates extra space to cut produce or a place to set your dishes, says TheWaywardHome.com. According to DoItYourself.com, many RVs also have open space above the sink or kitchen table where you could consider installing shelves to hang towels, pots and pans.
3. Utilize Wall Space
Hanging items from a wall is another great way to maximize your RV’s storage potential — and there are many solutions that can help you get organized at the same time. DoItYourself.com recommends installing magazine racks or hanging pocket organizers on the walls, which can be great for storing items such as books, tools or office supplies. Installing a peg board is another way to save cabinet or drawer space as it’s great way to hang nearly any item from a hook.
4. De-cramp the Commode
If you have a bathroom on your RV, it may be tight space that you’ll want to make as roomy as possible. DoItYourselfRV.com says many RVs have wasted space above the toilet, which can be a great area to organize toiletries in baskets and hang them from a towel rod. If your bathroom is equipped with a shower, consider eliminating the number of plastic bottles you tote along by using a wall-mounted soap dispenser — these can be great for holding your shampoo and conditioner, adds DoItYourselfRV.com. Having fewer liquid-filled bottles on your rig can also lessen the chance of cracked or broken bottles, saving you a mess to clean up while on the road.
When it comes to RV living, it’s important to focus on the journey and memories that lie ahead — not where you’re going to store items you bring along. With some basic storage solutions, you can have what you need with you and enjoy the ride.
Originally published on July 10, 2014.