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Ashley Mann spent three years living full time in a 38-foot, 5th-wheel RV with her husband Josiah and their cat, Kitty. Her favorite thing about RV life is the challenge of finding the perfect way to organize a space, and she loves seeing all the creative and clever ways people come up with to customize their RVs.
Every inch of storage space counts in an RV. Here are some ways to maximize the use of your dining booth.
1. Dining Booth Converted to Office Work Space
For many digital nomads, working on the road is the only way they can afford to travel. A dining booth table can make a great makeshift office.
Many RVers opt to remove the dinette booth table and benches completely, like in the RV below, to make room for a desk and chair.
2. Side Access Doors Added to Dinette Bench
The storage area under the bench can be accessed even while someone is sitting on it with this RVer’s modification. They even replaced the other side of the dinette with storage ottomans for extra storage space.
Another RVer who added a hinge to his dining booth bench found a laundry basket that perfectly fits underneath.
3. Drawers Added to Dining Booth Benches
RVer Stacy had her husband add drawers to allow easy access to the space under their dinette benches.
Adding file folder rails makes a booth drawer the perfect place to store documents or homeschool supplies.
4. Cat Door Added for Litter Box Access
By cutting a hole and adding a curtain or cat door, a cat’s litter box can be hidden inside. If you have access to the area underneath the bench from outside the RV, cleaning the box is even easier.
5. Dining Booth Converted to Pet Crates
This mod provides a safe place for pets to ride while this motorhome is in motion.
While it isn’t considered safe for pets to travel inside a towable RV, even in a trailer this mod would make a wonderful sleeping spot for kennel trained dogs. Read here about one RVer’s experience implementing this idea.
6. Extra Drawer Space
Available at some Camping World locations or on Amazon, these drawers attach to the bottom of a dining booth table to make a convenient place for storing silverware or office supplies.
7. Bench Reconfiguration
The Pope Family saved space in their RV by removing their dinette table and moving the benches into an “L” shape. A small table (perhaps one that could be folded and hidden away when not in use) could make this arrangement still usable for eating.
Check out these other articles to read about more RV mods!