Conquer Camper Cupboards Part 2


How to organize small spaces seems to be a topic of great interest over on Pinterest. One of our top five posts here at TheTouringCamper.com is a post I wrote about camper cupboard organization. In that post I shared ideas for making the most of limited camper cupboards. Since then, though, we’ve found some additional ideas and products to help keep the camper organized, so we thought it was time to follow up with Conquer Camper Cupboards Part 2!

Conquer Camper Cupboards Part 2

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One of the best improvements we made to the camper over the past 12 months was taking out the factory-installed couch and replacing it with the Ikea Solsta sofa bed. Although it’s lower to the ground than the old couch, it is so much more comfortable! And if we ever need to use it as a bed, it folds out into a narrow double bed. We also found a great storage ottoman at our local Ollies, which is great for stashing purses and other bags that typically clutter up our camper, but it also provides a nice place to prop up our feet. Finding products that serve dual purposes is key in small spaces! And if we ever need the ottoman out of the way, it folds up for easy storage.

replacement camper couch

Many campers come with cupboards or drawers already installed on the dinette benches, but our model did not. So our camping friend, who is a skilled woodworker, helped us add these beautiful doors to the area under our dinette. Now we can tap into all that extra storage space!

camper dinette cupboards

For our West trip, we found that these file boxes fit perfectly underneath. We can get three of them lined up underneath one side if needed. These are the bins that the kiddos packed toys, books, and stuffed animals into for our three-week adventure.

camper dinette cupboards

In the bathroom we found a few products to help us corral all the toiletries. We have a little shelf to the left of the bathroom cupboard, so I picked up a small Sterilite five-drawer organizer at Walmart (this is the one on Amazon, but this is for a lot of four of them) to organize makeup, hair ties, bandaids, cottonballs, etc. I had a basket organizer I wasn’t using at home and it fit perfectly next to the drawer organizer. (Jarrett also installed a toilet paper holder so we no longer had to deal with runaway toilet paper rolls.)

camper bathroom organization

We had seen ideas on Pinterest about installing Ikea wall organizers, so we picked up the Bygel rail and then some organizers that hang on the rail. (I didn’t see the ones we purchased on the Ikea website, and they were on sale at the time, so it’s possible they are discontinued, but Ikea still sells these.) We installed one rail in the bathroom and another one above the stove. For the kitchen rail, we used this organizer (we were concerned the plastic ones would melt) and then we picked up some inexpensive metal shower curtain hooks (from Walmart) to use for hanging kitchen utensils. (I can’t seem to find my picture of the kitchen set up, but you can see it over on our Instagram account.)

camper bathroom organization

Then we added two shower organizers. On the shower wall we attached the 3M Command bath caddy. So far it is holding strong–even when we dropped in this hefty shampoo bottle. Some people have told us the adhesive weakens over the winter, so we’ll have to see how it fares, but it worked great this summer.

camper bathroom organization

The other bath organizer hangs from the shower curtain rod hooks and we bought it off of Amazon. If it get soap scummy, this organizer can be washed.

camper bathroom organization

We found that the 3M Command strips also worked well to create additional towel hooks in the bathroom. I sewed a loop on each kiddos’ towel so they could easily be hung on the hooks.

camper bathroom organization

In the cupboards above our TV the small Sterilite five-drawer organizer fit perfectly, too. So we put it to use organizing pens, pencils, rubberbands, stamps, and other office supplies for our West trip. A narrow hanging file bin fit on the other side of the cupboard so we could keep all of our campground information handy.

camper cupboard organization

Our camper stove did not come with one of those covers that creates a workspace when the stove is not in use. Since counter space is at a premium, we picked up a large wooden cutting board that covers most of the area. Although we have to stow it away in a cupboard when we are going down the road, it is easy to pull out to create instant counter space. We also have a dish drying mat that we can put on top of the cutting board to create additional area to dry dishes.

Camper stove work area

Camper stove work area

So that’s the roundup of all the new camper organization strategies we used this past summer. Things went really smoothly with two adults, three kiddos, and one large dog sharing the same space for three weeks, and I’m sure that’s partly due to having a great organizational system in the camper.

What about you? Do you have any camper organization ideas to share? If so, be sure to comment over on Facebook.

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25 thoughts on “Conquer Camper Cupboards Part 2

  1. Kathleen

    I would love to know how to keep my cabinets closed during travel. We have magnets on some cabinets, child resistant laches on others and bungee cords on some. Very frustrating.. Any ideas?

    1. Kristin Post author

      Hi Kathleen! Great question! We are fortunate because our cabinet latches are very strong on the Keystone so we haven’t yet had any problems. I was doing some reading and someone recommended the Safety 1st, Ultra Secure, Cabinet and Drawer Latches: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005U8T3. They fold down when not in use. Hope that helps! 🙂

    2. Kathy

      Install tension curtain rods across the front of your cabinets just inside the doors. They will keep items from shifting and popping the doors open while you are in motion. When you get to your destination, pop out the curtain rods. They also work in the fridge.

    3. Sam

      I use velcro thru the handles…the ones over the couch and dinette don’t come open so I don’t worry about them. I have used tension rods inside the kitchen cupboard, but after a few trips and nothing moving in there I stopped using them. I still use them in my fridge.

  2. Michele Gorman

    The cutting board on the stove is what my husband thought but we went and got FOAM drawer liner and a can of spray adhesive. Adhered the foam drawer liner to the back of the cutting board and it doesn’t sloop off wether we are cutting on it or traveling. It stays put!

    1. Kristin Post author

      Hi Michele! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading! That is a great tip that I had not thought of. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. Trudy Van Wyk

    My husband put heavy magnetic tape strips on the back of the wooden cutting board.and then attached to the top of the stove . Sticks very tightly and wont come off during travel.

  4. Bonnie

    I have a great coffee table that the lid comes up on hinges and becomes a table at the couch. It’s great for eating or any other things you need to do at a table.

    1. Kristin Post author

      Hi Bonnie–thanks so much for stopping by and reading! I have seen pictures of those coffee tables and they look really neat! A great space saver too! Happy camping. 🙂

  5. Janell in Georgia

    Just ran across this post on Pinterest. I also purchased a large cutting board to place on the stove. I have found it stores perfectly beside the sofa. One end has the folding step stool since I’m short, and the other has the cutting board and a TV tray that can be used for eating or extra space.

    1. Kristin Post author

      Hi Janell–thanks for stopping by and reading! Those are great places to store the board and step stool–thanks for sharing your tips! Happy camping!

  6. Jean strong

    Husband used a discarded pc of counter top cut to fit over stove and attached blocks for legs. Works great. We never cook inside anyway.

    1. Kristin Post author

      Hi Kate–thanks for stopping by and reading. We love those bungee cords, too. A must have in the camper! 🙂

  7. Kathey Wilson

    I would like help with keeping appliances/coffee maker on counter in our motor home as we go down the road. I hate having to always put my small appliances away every time we start traveling to a different place. Thank for any help you might offer.

    1. Kristin Post author

      Hi Kathey! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading! That’s a great question. We also have to stow our coffee pot in a cupboard any time we are traveling between locations. I have heard some people experiment with the grippy shelf liner, but we have not personally tried it. Maybe some other readers can weigh in–and I will post your question on Facebook to see if anyone has suggestions.

      1. Carrie

        We have a Black n Decker under cabinet coffee maker which stays put during travel and doesnt take up counter space.

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