If you have been a RV owner for a while then you have certainly stumbled into some spots and spaces in your RV that leave you scratching your head. Why some RV manufacturers decided on certain design elements we will never know. Few areas in the RV are more puzzling than the RV dinette booth. In particular the cabinet or drawer area under the RV dinette booth. This is a space that is difficult to access and wastes precious storage area. With the never ending creativity and talent of DIY RV owners, an alternative has arrived.
Modified RV Dinette Booth Cabinet
A member of the IRV2 forums who goes by scarab0088 came up with a clever way to gain access to the precious area beneath their RV dinette booth in their 37 foot Damon Outlaw. They started by removing the cabinet door which made it difficult to store and remove items. While most people decide to install a drawer in this instance, they chose to create a cabinet out of the RV dinette booth side. Essentially, they made the entire side a cabinet door. This could be a useful mod for replacing the traditional cabinet opening, drawers, or even for an additional way to access the under seat storage setup that some RV’s have.
Most RV’s can handle a modification like this. All that is needed it to remove the side of the booth, reinforce the opening left behind, and add hinges that connect to the side and the base. It is important to reinforce the opening because the side previously held a significant role in the structural integrity of the dinette booth. If you didn’t there is a high probability of failure over time.
Not only did this make storage under the dinette easer to access but it also captures additional space that a drawer loses due on the sides, top, and bottom.
RV Dinette Booth Cabinet/Pet Den
Alternatively, the cabinet door could be modified to accommodate a doggie bed or cat box as the photos above show. A neat way to keep your furry friends out of the way!
What do you think? Would you be more interested in drawers or cabinets under your RV dinette booth?