My Best Tips for Organizing and Saving Space in an RV Kitchen

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Here are some of the best RV kitchen storage solutions I've found for efficiently organizing using every bit of storage space in a small RV kitchen.

Tip #1: Use wall space to add storage to your RV kitchen.

Wall Mounted Knife Caddy

Just about every empty wall in my RV is used for storage, like this wall of my RV kitchen where I have a knife holder (a vintage one from a thrift store that I repainted; I've seen some similar ones for sale on Etsy) and a wire storage basket

I initially tried hanging the basket with three Command hooks, but since the items I keep in it are pretty heavy, it eventually it fell down, so I used screws instead.

Using vertical space as storage in an RV kitchen

Wall Mounted Organizers Used as RV Kitchen Storage

My friend Brooke mounted a narrow spice rack (which she spray painted blue) on a wall in her travel trailer, along with a galvanized metal file organizer she uses fas plate storage.

Tall Cabinets Added for Extra RV Kitchen Storage

The owners of the RV pictured below doubled their kitchen cabinet space by installing two kitchen cabinets purchased at a home supply store, which they stacked on top of each other and secured to the wall with screws.  Since they matched the oak color of their existing cabinets, you can't even tell they weren't part of the original design!

Cabinet added to RV kitchen for added pantry space
by Cheryl Grogan

Storing Spices on RV Kitchen Walls

One of my personal favorite uses of wall space is for spice storage.  I made this magnetic spice storage wall in my RV, which I wrote about in a separate blog post.  (I also have another blog post where I shared lots of different spice storage ideas.)

Vertical spice storage idea in RV kitchen

Update: My New and Improved Adhesive Spice Rack

We now own a motorhome instead of our fifth wheel, and in that kitchen I used adhesive stainless steel strips as a place to hang magnetic spice tins. It was a lot easier than the other spice wall I built where the wall itself was magnetic, but at the time I made the other one I couldn't find anything like these small strips of stainless steel.

Tip #2: Look for other vertical spaces in your RV kitchen that can be turned into storage.

Wrap Rack Used for Storing Cutting Boards and Cookies Sheets

I purchased this rack to hang over a cabinet door, but it ended up being too wide, so I used screws to mount it over this panel which conceals our converter and other electrical components.  If I hadn't already purchased this one, I would have bought a wall mount style instead.  This one can be installed either way, over a cabinet door or mounted on a wall.

Rack hung on side of RV kitchen cabinet to add storage

Mug Hooks Used to Hang Wire Baskets on the End of an RV Kitchen Cabinet

One of my favorite small camper storage ideas is to hang baskets on the wall wherever extra storage is needed. In my fifth wheel, I used mug hooks to hang wire baskets from the end of an RV kitchen cabinet as a place to store fruit and root vegetables.  (For more fruit and vegetable storage ideas, check out this blog post.)

Wire baskets hung on end of RV kitchen cabinet using mug hooks to add storage

If you don't want to use hooks that would leave holes in your walls or cabinets, you could try this type of wire basket hung with adhesive hooks.

Wire baskets hung with heavy duty adhesive – See here

Magnetic Pizza Pan Storage

Here's an “RV kitchen storage hack” that I'm particularly proud I thought of. The gap next to my microwave seemed like wasted space, so I stuck a couple of magnets to the side of my microwave and it became the perfect spot to store my pizza pan.

Pizza pan attached with magnets to side of microwave in RV kitchen

Storing Items on RV Refrigerator Doors

Another RV kitchen storage idea is to use the doors of your refrigerator for added storage. If your refrigerator doors are magnetic, you can use magnetic hooks to store all kinds of kitchen supplies, as seen below, where I've got measuring cups and spoons, pot holders, and a plastic bag holder hung on my refrigerator.

If your fridge isn't magnetic, you can either replace the panels with magnetic stainless steel sheets, or use adhesive hooks instead.

RV refrigerator used as storage with magnetic hooks

Tip #3: Utilize the Bottoms of RV Kitchen Cabinets for Under Cabinet Storage.

Pots and Utensils Hung Underneath RV Cabinets

First of all, I just love the wall decor in this kitchen.  But also, I love how the owner of this motorhome hung her pots and pans and other kitchen items from the bottom of her cabinets.

Under Cabinet Storage for Kitchen Utensils

This rotating adhesive hanger can be stuck to your backsplash (it bends) or under a cabinet for hanging utensils in your RV kitchen.

Wine Glasses Hung Under Cabinets Over Dining Area

I hung wine glasses from the bottom of one of my RV cabinets using a couple of racks like this one.  We've only moved our RV once so far since I hung them, and unfortunately, I forgot to run a bungee cord across the end of the rack before we left so they wouldn't slide off, and a few fell off and broke.  But the ones that stayed on the rack did just fine with liquor bottle sleeves over them.  (I use those sleeves to protect my actual liquor bottles and glassware as well.)

Wine glasses hung from bottom of RV kitchen cabinet

Paper Plate Dispenser Attached to Bottom of a Kitchen Cabinet

For RV owners who prefer to use paper plates, one of these paper plate dispensers mounted to the bottom of a cabinet could come in really handy.

Magnetic Knife Strip attached to Bottom of a Cabinet

A lot of people mount a magnetic knife strip on the wall of in their RV kitchens, but I'll bet you could attach one to the bottom of a cabinet also, although you might have to buy shorter screws.  I often suggest using acrylic tape for hanging things as an alternative to screws, but this is not something I would try that with.  The last thing I would want would be for a bunch of knives to fall down on my hands while I was preparing dinner!

Rack for Wraps and Baggies Mounted Under a Kitchen Cabinet

A wrap and bag holder like this one, which is designed to be mounted on a kitchen cabinet door, could just as easily be mounted to the bottom of a cabinet.  You could even try using Command hooks or adhesive cable clips to hang it if you wanted, although I would probably choose mug hooks myself so that the height and angle could be adjusted as needed.  You could also spray paint the rack to be whatever color you wanted.

Under Cabinet Rack for Coffee Pods

Do you use a Keurig to make coffee in your RV?  If so, under the cabinet can be a great place to store K cups.

Under Cabinet Organizer for Small Items

This space saving “stuff” organizer (it's literally called an “Anything Keeper” has a similar design, but can be used to store anything.  It comes in either black or white, but of course it too could be spray painted to match your RV decor.

Adding Small Drawers to the Bottom of an RV Kitchen Cabinet

Here's another under cabinet storage idea that I would love to try sometime.  It's a set of wooden drawers that could be mounted to the bottom of a cabinet using L brackets, acrylic mounting tape (since it's very small), or countless other ways I'm sure.  If you do this, please send me a picture!

Rod with Hooks for Hanging Utensils

The owners of this RV use the space under their kitchen cabinets as a place to store kitchen gadgets in their camper by hanging them from a utensil rack.  These can be purchased in different lengths and you can even get an adhesive one, but be sure to measure the height of your space before buying one. 

I actually tried to make something similar myself using a tension rod and S hooks, and it was a total failure because 1) the S hooks were too long and made the utensils hang down too low, and 2) the tension rod wouldn't stay put and the whole thing came crashing down.  So don't be like me, haha.  I would probably buy one of the screw mounted ones if I were try this again.

Tip #4: Use countertops for adding RV kitchen storage.

Spice Rack Next to Backsplash

Here's a neat idea that one of my blog subscribers sent to me in an email.  It's a nail polish rack, which she keeps on her counter, held in place by clear Command hooks.  The bottom was originally rounded, her husband used a grinding wheel to make it flat across the bottom, but if you're like me and have no way of cutting metal, you could get a rectangle shaped one instead.  I'm sure these could also be secured in place with a bit of my trusty friend, acrylic mounting tape.

Nail polish rack used as spice storage shelf in an RV kitchen
by Debra Lasater

Store Silverware On the Counter

I know most of us grew up with a silverware drawer as a basic kitchen essential, but after experiencing the convenience of having a silverware caddy next to my sink where I can easily grab a handful of silverware from off of my drying mat and put it away in just a few seconds, I can never go back to individually drying and neatly stacking forks and spoons. 

I made this caddy by putting some tin cans in a basket I got at a thrift store. I wrap a bungee cord around it to hold it in place when my RV is in motion. Adding some rubber shelf liner to the bottom would probably prevent it from moving too.

Basket with tin cans used as silverware storage in an RV kitchen

There are some really neat silverware caddies on Amazon, such as this galvanized metal one, which would be super handy for carrying outside to eat at a camp table or picnic table–one of those “must-have RV kitchen storage accessories” if you eat most of your meals outside.

I think my favorite silverware storage idea is to use a wooden sugar mold.  They come in different lengths with varying numbers of holes.

Shower Caddy Used in an RV Kitchen

Sometimes the best camper organization ideas involve using items in a way that was different than their intended use: RV owner used a caddy purchased in the bathroom department at Walmart to add extra storage in her kitchen.

Shower caddy used as countertop storage in an RV kitchen
by Tara Price

Tea or Coffee Station

This caddy would be perfect for organizing tea or creating a coffee station.

Raised Shelf Behind the Sink

A friend of mine added a small wooden shelf behind the sink in her RV kitchen when she renovated her RV to create a place to set decorative items while keeping them up and off the counter.

Shelf behind sink in camper kitchen
by Bryanna Royal of Crazy Family Adventure

Tip #5: Look for other empty spaces that be used as RV kitchen storage.

Stashing Snacks in the Microwave

Here's a cool space saving idea if you're really desperate for storage space in a small camper or travel trailer: use the microwave as storage.  RVer Amanda Kehler keeps a basket in her microwave which she simply removes whenever she needs to use the microwave and replaces afterward.

The microwave can be used as storage in an RV kitchen.

Hanging Storage – Pot Rack Hung from the Ceiling

In my RV, I put the kitchen ceiling to use by hanging a pot rack above my sink.  The screws in my RV's vent cover happened to be perfectly located where I was able to remove them and replace them with hooks, but I've seen other RV owners hang a pot rack from a wooden light fixture.

You probably won't want to try this idea if you have a motorhome, because I can't imagine that you'd want to listen to pots and pans banging around as you're driving down the road!

Pot rack hung from vent in RV kitchen

Multi-Level Drawer Organizer

Giving drawers a storage upgrade with multi-tier cutlery trays and drawer dividers is a good way to utilize space near the top without them becoming to messy.  RV owner Kathy Johnson is a pro at drawer organization, as you can see in the photos below.

A drawer organizer adds extra storage in an RV kitchen
by Kathy Johnson
Organized drawer in an RV kitchen
by Kathy Johnson

Panel with Empty Space Behind It

Many RV kitchens have panels with empty space behind them that can be turned into storage, like this spot I found underneath my pantry cabinets.

Panel removed in an RV kitchen to reveal hidden storage

Want to see more ideas for RV kitchen organization?  Check out these other blog posts:

7 Organization Hacks for RV Kitchen Cabinets

5 RV Pantry Storage Problems & Solutions

9 Space-Saving Spice Storage Ideas

8 Fruit and Root Vegetable Storage Ideas

Tips and ideas to help you organize and create storage in a small RV kitchen
Tips and ideas to help you organize and create storage in a small RV kitchen

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  1. I love seeing all the small space organization ideas. I have 10 of the wire baskets hanging in various places and I love them. You can never have enough storage!

  2. We are on our virgin RV camping trip and just found your SUPER informative site. (I’ve already read at half of your articles.) Quick question: We dutifully laid down the non slip gray waffle looking stuff in the cabinets. It did prevent slipping of articles in traveling, but it’s as annoying as h-e-double-hockey-sticks for every day use and who wants to change it out before and after traveling. Not me! Is there any reason why I can’t hot glue it in place so it doesn’t move? Hmmm, just thought of something … maybe there’s another product that is non-slip AND doesn’t create a bubble/buckle every time you move something. Anyway, if you see this and have ideas, definitely open to them.

    1. I think hot gluing is a great idea and might do that myself as I too get annoyed with how the shelf liner gets bunched up! I would probably do just a small dot of glue in each corner so it’s not hard to remove and clean under it or replace it if needed.

  3. Hi I’m Marilyn I’m a widow I purchased a motor home and plan on making it my home im 69 and have my cats even though I know I have to down size a lot (from a 2,000 Sq foot house) I will still need storage ideas for what I want to keep any help will do thank you

  4. Wow, talk about maximizing space! We recently got into the RV life and have made a ton of updates including a cabinet door replacement. Now that the outside of the cabinets looks good, we definitely needed some help getting the inside to look just as good. Using other vertical spaces has been a game-changer, especially with that magnetic knife stip. Now we just need to finish up some organizational things and get it ready to leave Albuquerque for an awesome President’s Day weekend. Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. Thank you for all the great tips! Wondered if anyone has come up with any ideas for storing wine glasses and coffee mugs safely when on the road? We do use plastic & paper but like to bring 4 wine glasses & 4 mugs too:)
    Thank You!

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