Whether you are making a sandwich or preparing a meal for your whole family, countertop space in a RV kitchen is limited. In Danny D’s case he has a 38 foot motorhome and still lacked the space to do more than set the mustard aside. So after a few words of encouragement from Mrs. Danny D, he came up with a solution that not only added the much needed countertop space (he considered the mod we showcased here), but also brought more RV kitchen storage overall.
The issue with a RV kitchen is not only the countertop space but also the usable width of the kitchen. Most people with the same issue in a brick and mortar home simply add a kitchen island. Most kitchen islands are far too wide and bulky for use in a RV. There also aren’t many pre-made alternatives that take into consideration the width of the kitchen and the lack of RV kitchen storage.
So Danny D decided to build a DIY custom version that would serve a dual purpose. This creation would add more RV kitchen storage that was easily accessible and additional countertop space using a standard residential upper cabinet as the starting point. From there he built out the cabinet with a custom cut piece of granite for the countertop space. Then he added wheels with locks so that it could be easily moved but also be stationary. Then they used filler pieces that are commonly used in cabinet installation, which he cut down to size as the trim for both under the countertop and along the bottom.
The tricky part was the back of the cabinet which of course was designed to be against a wall and not to be shown as it would be in this application. So Mrs. Danny D came up with a clever fix. She used a piece of foam poster board covered by a store bought window drape. Once the board was cut to fit and the drape was added, they just fastened it to the back of their brand new DIY kitchen storage and countertop island.
The last step was to put rubber furniture pads under the wheels as there is some concern that the wheel may damage the flooring. This also ensures less movement while in use.
When you open up the cabinet doors on the front it reveals shelves just like you would have in your home. It offers a large increase of RV kitchen storage. A great place to store cleaning supplies, condiments, or even keep the garbage as they decided to do. They also store their toaster and some plastic storage containters inside.
DIY Addition for More RV Kitchen Storage and Countertop Space Supplies List:
- Standard Upper Cabinet (can be tough to find one that matches)
- Filler Pieces to Match Cabinet (enough to trip the base and the top under the countertop)
- Countertop Material (Danny D used 1/2” piece of granite but you could use any material)
- Locking Wheels
- Rubber Furniture/Wheel Pads (if needed)
- Foam Poster Board
- Water and Stain Resistant Fabric (to cover the back of the cabinet)
- Fasteners (Screws and Dome Heads were used in this version)
- 2 D-Ring Tie Downs (optional)
- Tie Down Strap(optional)
When it comes to how to store it when in transit, that is entirely up to you. Danny D decided to install D-rings on the floor and use a tie down to secure the custom kitchen island on the carpet in the bedroom. You could just as easily lay it down on the floor or use a different method you can live with.
Danny D Explains The Ins and Outs of the Custom RV Kitchen Island
If you have questions or comments on this unique approach to RV kitchen storage, feel free to share them below or post a message for Danny D over in our Forum. We would also like to hear other RV kitchen storage ideas you might have as well!
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