Cooking is not always easy in a small RV kitchen when there is very little counter space to work with. These are some of the simple ways you can get more counter space as needed.
1. Use a stove or sink cover
When not in use, you can easily turn the sink and stove into usable counter space. There are stovetop and sink covers that can be used as a cutting board or as a place to set things down.
The covers are made in oak, bamboo, and Bordeaux. They secure to your cooktop or over the sink with adjustable feet and can be removed just as easily when it’s time to cook or do the dishes.
2. Add a countertop extension
If you would rather not constantly move the sink/stove covers on and off, you may want to add a countertop extension that folds up as needed. This wooden countertop extension can be mounted to your counter and add another 12 inches of space.
The countertop extension pulls up as needed and locks into place. When not in use, they can also fold down out of the way. You can find them on Amazon or make your own with a piece of wood and a metal piano hinge from a hardware store.
3. Hang things under and inside cabinets
You can also free up space by mounting things underneath or inside your kitchen cabinets. Some common items might include:
- A paper towel holder
- A basket for sponges and soap
- Hanging fruit basket
- An under-the-cabinet coffee maker
- Magnetic spice tins
4. Dry your dishes over the sink
If your RV does not have the luxury of a dishwasher, you may want to use a dish drainer over the sink instead of one that takes up valuable room on your counter. This collapsible drainer goes over the sink and can be folded down compactly to store when not in use.
You can also find roll-up drying racks that fit over the sink. They have an added bonus of drying more quickly since they have better air flow.
5. Use your dinette or picnic table for extra space
If you’re making a more complicated dish, move some items to your dinette or picnic table to free up space as needed.
You may also find a small folding side table to come in handy. They can be set up in minutes and collapse down flat for easy storage.
3 thoughts on “5 Ways To Get More Counter Space In Your RV Kitchen”
Thanks for the great ideas – I also have found that the small round “lazy susan” type shelves with an edge helps in utilizing cabinet space that is typically hard to reach items.
Another suggestion is to write to the RV manufactures and ask them to create counter space in their rigs that hold more than a bud vase and a spoon. I find it really discouraging that designers are consistently rolling out rigs that have such poorly-designed and minimal counter space in the galley areas. Surely there’s a subset of RVers who really like to cook and make nice meals on the road.
In our 1996 Bounder, I found that a small cookie sheet fits exactly across the kitchen sink. Gives me more food prep area and is very economical. Washes up easily and stores easily, too.
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