By: SelaLuna

10 RV Pantry Storage Ideas & Organization Solutions


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Sometimes RV pantry cabinets aren’t quite as functional as they need to be: too deep, too narrow, too tall, or altogether non-existent! 

Fortunately, these brilliant RV owners came up with clever solutions for those annoying RV pantry problems. Borrow their solutions to organize your own camper or motorhome!

Pantry Problem #1: The cabinet is too deep.

One of the most common problems with RV pantry cabinets is that they’re so deep it’s difficult to reach things toward the back, especially on the upper cabinets. 

Solution #1: The Rev-a-shelf cabinet system.

One excellent solution to this problem is the Rev-a-shelf cabinet system of pull-out wire rack. This is what RV owner Debra Jones used in her RV pantry pictured below.

Rev-a-shelf wire slide out baskets can help you reach the back of a deep kitchen pantry cabinet in your RV.

You can find these pull-out shelves in multiple different sizes to fit your cabinets.

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Solution #2: Make your own pull-out shelves.

A much more budget-friendly option is to make something similar yourself, which is what these RV owners did:

DIY wooden pull out shelves made for an RV kitchen pantry cabinet

If you would like to try a DIY cabinet storage solution, Ana White has downloadable plans for this type of project.  For example, this project or this one looks similar to what the McIntyres built.

Pantry Problem #2: Cabinet too narrow

Some campers and motorhomes have a pantry cabinet that’s extremely narrow in addition to being deep. 

Solution #1: Add narrow pull-out racks.

The Rev-a-shelf system also comes in a narrower width that’s ideal for a situation like this. (This shelving system is sold at many home improvement stores.)

Rev-a-shelf wire slide out baskets can help you reach the back of a deep kitchen pantry cabinet in your RV.

Solution #2: Build a pull-out shelf.

My favorite solution to the narrow cabinet problem is this beautiful pull-out shelf made custom by RV owner Karen Finch’s son-in-law. 

This DIY slide out shelf makes it easer to reach things in the back of a narrow, deep kitchen pantry cabinet.

Here’s a DIY plan that could probably be adapted to use drawer slides instead of wheels if you wanted to try building this yourself.

Pantry Problem #3: Pantry too messy

These RV owners ditched the original cabinet shelves to replace them with something that worked for their space.

Solution #1: Add Elfa baskets.

The white wire basket drawers in the photo below are a combination of Elfa brand baskets from The Container Store and Closet Maid shelf brackets from Lowe’s. 

This storage solution helps things in this RV kitchen pantry cabinet stay organized.

Solution #2: Add free-standing drawers.

This next idea requires no DIY skill whatsoever, as the whole thing is a freestanding unit that just slides into the cabinet. 

RV owner Cindy Martin chose this Elfa closet organizer from The Container Store after comparing multiple options because it fits perfectly. It even left room that would allow her to hang small narrow baskets on the inside of the pantry door.

Elfa brand closet drawers from the Container Store were used to organize this RV kitchen pantry cabinet.

Pantry Problem #4: Shelves too tall

Not only do tall shelves waste space at the top, but they’re also an avalanche waiting to happen!

Solution #1: Add a wall-mounted rack.

One RV owner solved this problem by adding a nail polish rack to a cabinet.  She bought hers at Marshall’s, but you can also find racks that would work on Amazon, like this acrylic one or this wire one.

iDesign Hanging Nail Polish & Cosmetics Organizer, The Clarity Collection – 8.78" x 2.02" x 11.07", Clear
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Solution #2: Add free standing wire shelves.

I have the same problem of tall, shallow cabinet shelves in my own RV pantry.  To make better use of the space, I:

Tension rods and wire shelves add storage to an RV kitchen pantry cabinet and help things stay in place during travel.

You can order the wire shelves online, but they are usually cheaper at places like Dollar General.

Solution #3: Add additional wood shelves. (No drilling required!)

I found out about an easy way to add removable wood shelves to cabinets that doesn’t require any tools, screws, or other hardware. 

I used that method to add a shelf at the top of the cabinet below, and even had the wood cut for me at Lowe’s. 

Easy way to add a cheap, removable shelf to an RV

Personally, I like this method even better than the wire shelves because it’s sturdier and there are no bars for small things to fall through.

Read the tutorial here.

Pantry Problem #5: No pantry or not enough pantry space

If your RV doesn’t have a pantry or you simply need more space, an organizer like one of these can be a good solution.  The one on the left is from the Container Store and while it’s designed to hang on a door, it could be mounted on a wall as well.  It is kind of pricey, but there are cheaper alternatives

Metal organizers hung on doors to add storage space to an RV that doesn't have a pantry.

You could also get one that hangs over a door like in the photo on the right.  I really like this woven basket style, and have actually thought about buying one myself to replace a cheaper door organizer I use in my bedroom for clothes storage.

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Organize Your RV Pantry

Hopefully that gives you some ideas for RV pantry organization!

For more RV kitchen ideas, check out these other blog posts I’ve written:

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  1. RVers are geniuses. I’ve got a serious case of problem #2 and #4… I didn’t even know those rev-a-shelf existed until now! I’m definitely going to look into getting some of those – Maybe then I’d be able to keep track of all my spices lol

    1. The Rev-a-shelf system is definitely goals for my next house! Knowing me I’ll probably hack a DIY version though….

  2. Any ideas for akward shaped cupboards? I have a triangular pantry, deep and lots of space between three shelves.

    1. Hmm….well first of all I’d probably stick stuff I didn’t use as often in the back….or what about a Lazy Suzan? If a Lazy Susan would fit, you could get wedge shaped storage bins like these to keep stuff from falling off the back.

  3. Thank you for inviting us in and showing pictures of your home! Thank you for showing us your pantry space that reflects reality and a lived in kitchen!! I need functional and realistic, doable organizing tips.
    God bless 😊

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