Most of us have a serious lack of imagination when it comes to how we use our homes, and this extends into the world of RVs as well. We tend to accept the storage we’re given, and outside of purchasing shelving or containers, we don’t get very creative when it comes to where to put our things.
In an RV, this can lead to over-crowded drawers and important gear that cannot be found until after an alternative has already been used. Here are four under utilized areas that can make great storage when coupled with the right hardware!
1. On the Inside of Doors
Wall space for hanging items is always at a premium inside an RV, but there are likely multiple areas that represent several square feet each on the back of every room door and cabinet door inside your motor home or travel trailer. Whether you choose a pocket caddy for your shower goodies on the bathroom door, or Command adhesive hooks from 3M for utensils inside the kitchen cupboard, there are a variety of tools at your disposal. One really cool idea I like is a trash can that mounts to the inside of your under-sink cupboard!
Door mounted trash can.
Homemade door storage for bug spray and flip flops.
You might also make your own inside-the-door storage area from some wooden furring strips and bug mesh. Maybe you have some spare trim laying around the garage or in the basement? Cut it to length and screw a few pieces into the wood on the back of the door. Then take some mesh and tack it underneath to form a handy and sturdy storage pocket.
2. Make Use of Your Ceilings
Depending on how your RV is constructed, you can use screw in or adhesive hangers to mount items up and out of the way, but still close enough to get to when needed. The ceiling of a utility space is great for hanging brooms, mops and other long items such as fishing poles. Over the sink hanging baskets can provide great travel-safe storage for produce or other small kitchen items. In the bathroom, hanging shelves or baskets can organize soap, shampoo and loofahs. If you think of what you use in each space of your RV, ideas will come.
Long tools mounted to the ceiling of an under floor storage space.
Baskets hung from small ceiling hook.
3. Build in More Drawers
Inside the walls of your RV there are pockets of unused space. One such location is inside dinette benches. While many allow for drop in storage from the top, adding full extension guides and drawer boxes can make this space more usable, since it doesn’t require dismantling your dining area to access it! Small slide out and drawer units can also be found for under your table tops and cabinets to add small spaces for important items that otherwise just get jumbled in with everything else.
Under table drawer for small items.
This pull out table uses a similar idea.
4. Create Usable Space Under Your Mattress
Many RVs do make use of this space (at least partially) with hidden drawers. In many cases, however, the center part of the space under the mattress is completely unusable.
Lift up mattress storage.
Whether you add drawers, or a hinged platform to lift the mattress up and out of the way, this is a great place for items that stay stored until used and are not typically packed away until it’s time to break camp. Things like outdoor furniture, tents or canopies come to mind. If you live in your RV, this is also a great place for seasonal item storage.