While most of us might be familiar with the “If you build it, they will come” saying from Field of Dreams, there’s another saying that applies more to RV storage space: “If you have space, you’ll use it!”
Even if you don’t have personal items to fill all of your RV’s storage space when you first move in, it’s often surprising how quickly you can accumulate more “stuff” to fill things up.
If you’re finding yourself running out of storage space in your RV, there are many tips and tricks you can use to solve your problem. Some of them are centered on reorganizing existing space so that things fit more efficiently. Others are focused on creating new space. Let’s get started!
Tip #1: Drawer Units in Cupboards
A lot of RVs have giant cupboards that are really great for hanging clothes. But when you have cupboards that are extra tall, there can be a lot of wasted space if you don’t always have things to hang in them. If you have a large cupboard where you want to store a collection of smaller items, a great way to keep that space organized is to add drawer units inside the cupboard.
These drawer units come in many shapes and sizes, but the underlying idea is to create a series of shelves or drawers inside of a larger cupboard. In essence, you’re creating multiple “drawers within a drawer” to add more overall storage space to your RV.
Tip #2: Slide-Out Surfaces
Counter and surface space can come at a premium in many RVs, especially in the kitchen and dining areas. If you like to prepare a lot of your meals in your RV, you might want some extra space for chopping or store ingredients as you’re preparing them. One great way to do this is to add slide-out surfaces that can bolster your cabinet or counter space when needed. An especially fun application of this idea is to create a slide-out cutting board in the kitchen of your RV.
An advantage of this strategy is that it doesn’t add permanent surface space to your RV that can wind up getting in the way when you’re not using it. Some examples of good places to add slide-out surfaces or drawers include under the coffee table, next to the kitchen sink, or under the bed. Essentially any area that feels like wasted cabinet or drawer space can become a candidate for a useful slide-out surface.
Tip #3: Shoe Organizers
Most RVs don’t typically come with a separate “mudroom” where you can trap a lot of the dirt and debris that gets tracked in from outside. They also don’t really come with a great place to keep extra pairs of shoes organized while they’re not in use. Many RV owners end up storing their extra shoes in one of their RV’s underneath compartments, but this means you sometimes have to walk outside in your slippers on a cold, winter morning to grab your insulated boots.
But that will no longer be the case if you install a better system for keeping your shoes organized. These canvas shoe pockets are a great solution for sliding extra pairs of shoes when they’re not in use and keeping them out of the way as you’re moving about your RV on a day-to-day basis. Some creative locations for installing these shoe organizers include the stairwell, on the wall just inside the door, and on the wooden frame underneath your bed.
Tip #4: Magnets and/or Velcro
It’s hard to overstate how useful magnets and Velcro can be inside your RV. Magnetic tape can be especially useful to store metal kitchen utensils on what would otherwise be wasted wall space (even if you have to take them down temporarily for safe transit). If the walls of the cabinets in your RV are particularly thin, you can use two magnets (one on the inside and the other on the outside) to secure small, thin items to surfaces that would otherwise be useless.
Velcro can also be extremely useful for adding storage space to your RV. One area that is often overlooked in this regard is actually the ceiling. Some RV ceilings are carpeted or upholstered with a material that Velcro will easily adhere to. If this is the case in your RV, you might be able to utilize Velcro to secure certain strategic items, such as long brooms, extra lights, or umbrellas, to your RV’s ceiling. This application should also be considered for adding storage space to the ceiling of the underneath storage compartments in your RV.
Tip #5: Command Hooks
Command hooks are useful for an endless number of applications. You can use them to hang keys, plants, sunglasses, coats, doggie bags, kitchen utensils, towels, and pretty much anything else you can think of. The best part of using Command hooks to create extra hanging storage in your RV is that you can easily change their location if you’re not happy with your first choice. You’ll be able to reuse the hooks themselves and simply purchase extra sticky pads to place them in your new, preferred location.
When using Command hooks, be sure to take the time to clean the surface you want them to stick to before applying a new hook. This way you’ll maximize the likelihood of securing the hook firmly in place the first time around and you’ll reduce your use of those extra sticky strips that all Command hooks come with (for your convenience!).
There are a lot of unique and clever ways to add storage space to your RV. The process of customizing your RV to fit your needs can be one of the best parts of being an RV owner. While we hope you’ve enjoyed these five tips and found them useful, we’d love to hear what storage solutions have worked for you. Share your storage tips below!