7 RV Desk Ideas: Inspiration for Your RV Office

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As working remotely becomes more common, many people are choosing to full-time travel or work from the road. In this article, you’ll find RV desk ideas for every type of RV along with photos and links to the desks used.

Let’s jump in!

1. Replacing the Dinette with a Desk

One way to create a workspace in an RV is to replace the dining booth or table with a desk or custom-built work area. Below are some photos of RVs with desks added to the dining area.

First up is a picture of a fifth wheel where the dining table was removed, and a small wooden writing desk and chair were added to the space created.

Desk in RV slide
Photo Credit: Instagram.com/aluraroe

Recreate the look:

Here’s another example of a similar setup, with a sit-to-stand desk and an ergonomic office chair, placing more emphasis on comfort and practicality rather than aesthetics alone.

Here’s a sit-to-stand desk similar to the one in the picture. This one comes in multiple widths, so you can get one to match the depth of your slide.

FLEXISPOT Adjustable Height Desk 40 x 24 Inches Whole Piece Standing Desk for Small Space Electric Sit Stand Home Office Table Computer Workstation (White Frame + Maple Desktop)
9,337 Reviews
FLEXISPOT Adjustable Height Desk 40 x 24 Inches Whole Piece Standing Desk for Small Space Electric Sit Stand Home Office Table Computer Workstation (White Frame + Maple Desktop)
  • SLEEK & FUNCTIONAL DESIGN: Streamlined 40” x 24” eco-friendly whole-piece desktop easily holds your laptop, monitor, and more while taking up minimal floor space in your home or office. Please allow a slight 0 to 1-inch difference in desktop size due to manual measurement.

Rather than purchase a new desk, the owner of the RV in the next photo put a beautiful antique writing desk in this same spot in her RV.

A corner desk like this one would also work well in this space.

COSTWAY Corner Computer Desk, Space-Saving Triangular Writing Desk w/ 2 Storage Shelves & 2 Cable Holes, Multi-Functional Console Table for Small Space in Home Office, Living Room, Bedroom (White)
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COSTWAY Corner Computer Desk, Space-Saving Triangular Writing Desk w/ 2 Storage Shelves & 2 Cable Holes, Multi-Functional Console Table for Small Space in Home Office, Living Room, Bedroom (White)
  • 【Space-saving Corner Desk:】You may be surprised by how well the computer desk fits into the corner to save space! The unique triangular desk is a great choice for limited space, such as dorm, home office and bedroom. Meanwhile, the desktop is also spacious enough for computer, cosmetics and ornaments, etc.

Here’s a photo of the dining table replaced with an L-shaped desk for a more spacious workspace.

I believe this is the same desk seen in the photo above (it can be configured with the shelf on the left or right).

Bestier L Shaped Desk with Storage Shelves 55 Inch Corner Computer Desk Writing Study Table Workstation for Home Office, Oak
  • L Shaped Design - Special small L shaped design makes this computer desk different from other desks, plus the 55 inch large desktop, this one can offer more saving spaces, you can take full advantage of desk space and get files and books within reach. More importantly, the unique appearance makes your home office more lively.

Below you can see the before and after where a booth dinette was removed and replaced with a custom-built workspace to rival any home office.

RV dinette replaced with desk before and after
Photo Credit: Instagram.com/legally.homeless

Here’s a video from the owner’s YouTube channel demonstrating how the workspace above was built.

In the next photo, you can see another RV office idea, where the original table was kept and moved and custom-built cabinets were added along the wall.

If you need a workspace where two people can sit side-by-side to work, a table could be used instead of a desk, as seen in the photo below.

The cool thing about this setup is you could still use the table for dining as well, and you could even seat four people by pulling the table away from the wall.

Here’s a table with hairpin legs and a solid wood top like the one in the photo above:

SIMPLIHOME Hunter SOLID MANGO WOOD and Metal 66 Inch Rectangle Industrial Dining Table in Natural, For the Dining Room
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Here’s an RV desk idea that might work if you don’t want to completely lose your dining table. The owners installed two floating shelves next to the table to create his and hers work areas.

Here’s a video from the owners’ YouTube channel showing how this setup was made.

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2. RV Slides Converted to an Office

If your RV has a small slide out, the whole thing can be converted to a spacious work area. You can see some examples of this RV desk setup in the photos below.

In this first photo, a riser was added to convert the desk to a standing desk.

I believe this is the same desk seen in the photo:

Sauder Cottage Road Desk, Soft White finish
  • Drawers with full extension slides feature patented T-slot assembly system

And here’s a standing desk converter like the one used by the RV’s owner:

VIVO 32 inch Desk Converter, K Series, Height Adjustable Sit to Stand Riser, Dual Monitor and Laptop Workstation with Wide Keyboard Tray, Black, DESK-V000K
  • Create Instant Active Standing - VIVO’s desk riser provides on-demand standing throughout the day for the freedom to get out of your chair and relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, and increase productivity. --Patented--

Here’s a closeup of another cozy-looking RV workspace:

The photo below is actually a picture from my own RV. My husband customized a cheap desk he already owned by replacing the fake wood top with a sheet of maple plywood, and I added an inexpensive bamboo shade that could be lowered to hide the clutter if needed.

RV office in a slide
Photo by Ashley Mann

3. RV Workspace in Rear of RV

For an RV with a rear living floorplan, the back of the camper makes a good space to convert to an RV office, as seen in the next few photos.

Full-length curtains contribute to a feeling of spaciousness in this RV renovated by blogger Ashley of JoyfullyGrowing.com. The desk for this office area was custom-built.

If you like the look of a desk with hairpin legs but don’t have the skills to build one yourself, here’s one on Amazon:

Inval 1-Drawer Computer Desk with Hairpin Legs, Amaretto
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Inval 1-Drawer Computer Desk with Hairpin Legs, Amaretto
  • STURDY CONSTRUCTION: Durable engineered wood construction and double-faced melamine laminate in Amaretto

Here’s another beautiful rear floor plan fifth wheel with the same office setup and a completely different style:

Psst…Can you spot the hidden litter box beside the desk in the photo below?

Here’s another custom-built workspace in a delightfully cat-centric RV. The RV owners built this desk themselves and wrapped rope around the legs for their cats to use as scratching posts.

AlwaysOnLiberty.com desk in RV living room
Photo Credit: AlwaysOnLiberty.com

Fifth wheels commonly have desk setups in the back where you might find a second couch or a couple of reclining chairs. These RVers built this custom desk for two and left the original side table-style cabinets:

Photo Credit: Cindy Scott

This renovated RV also used the back of the fifth wheel for a desk.

But also replaced the dining table with a second desk!

Photo Credit: Thrystan Tate

So far most of the photos in this article have been of big fifth wheel RVs. This is unsurprising since they are the most spacious type of RV and popular among full-time travels who may work on the road. But a desk can be added to a travel trailer as well.

The desk in the photo below was placed against the wall in the back of a travel trailer where it would be in the path of the slide when it comes in, but since it’s a folding table, the RV owners can easily move it and the rolling office chair out of the way for travel. They’ve blogged about their experience working in their RV in this article.

A wall-mounted desk might also work well in a spot like that, provided there was enough clearance for the slide to move in front of it. This one is just 5″ deep:

Prinz Work from Home Fold Down Wall-Mounted White 36' X 24' Murphy Desk with Chalkboard, 36' X 24' X 5'
  • WORK COMFORTABLY AT HOME – This wall-mounted desk can be attached to any wall to create a convenient and comfortable space to work from home.

Here’s another style of wall-mounted desk. This one is about 30.5″ deep.

YUSING Wall Mounted Table, Fold Out Convertible Desk Multi-Function Computer Desk Writing Desk Home Office Wood Wall Floating Desk with Large Storage Area
  • 【Sturdy Construction】 Our wall mount computer desk is made of high quality MDF material, it is sturdy and strong enough for your daily use.

Using the back of your RV is by far the most popular renovation idea if you’re looking to add more than one workspace to your RV. It’s the perfect size for a dual desk, like this:

Photo Credit: Kelsey Connor

What about all the computer cords? Check out how to hide pesky RV clutter here.

4. RV Bunks Converted to Office Area

Another option for creating an office in an RV is to convert RV bunks to a workspace. Here’s a before and after showing how the corner bunk area was converted to an office. Read how this RV-bunk-to-office conversion was completed for all the details.

RV bunks converted to office workspace
Photos by Susan Crabtree

The RV below was renovated by professional RV renovation company Revamping Camping. The double bunk room was divided with the addition of a wall and a sliding door to create a single bunk room on one side and an office with two custom-built desks (one of which flips down when the slide comes in) on the other side.

Swipe through the photos in this post from the renovators’ Instagram page to see how this was built:

Many RVers opt to add a desk in with the bunks, especially for homeschooling children.

rv bunk hidden desk by Ben and Kari Orvis
by Ben and Kari Orvis

5. Toy Hauler Garage Office Ideas

A toy hauler garage is a blank slate for an RV remodel. Many people convert the toy hauler garage into a master bedroom, kids’ bedroom, or second living area, and others use it as an office, or some combination of the three.

This desk is bolted to the toy hauler garage floor, and the aluminum stand holding the monitors is attached to both the floor and the desk, so the owners of this RV are able to leave everything in place during travel.

This toy hauler office with black walls is one of my favorites. You can watch a full tour of this space on the owners’ YouTube channel, here.

Office space in beautiful toy hauler garage
Photo Credit: WhereWildOnesRoam.com

One last example of a workspace in a toy hauler garage. To create this setup, the RV owner built a pegboard desk mounted below the lift bed.

6. RV Desks in Motorhomes

If you have a motorhome, you may have less space to work with for adding a desk, but here are some good RV desk ideas for motorhome owners.

Many Class A RVs feature a desk that pulls out of the dashboard on the passenger side, as seen below in this photo from Marc and Julie Bennet of RVLove.com.

Motorhome passenger seat desk - RVLove.com
Photo Credit: RVLove.com

Marc and Julie had the idea of turning the driver’s seat into a workspace as well, which they accomplished by building a desk that attaches to the steering wheel. Marc and Julie recorded their entire RV renovation process in a series of videos which you can find here.

Desk mounted on RV steering wheel
Photo Credit: GabrielaPhoto.com

In many motorhomes, like the Class C motorhome shown below, the space between the door and the passenger seat makes an ideal spot for a small desk.

A wall-mounted drop-leaf desk like this one would be ideal for this spot as well.

Tangkula 31.5" x 23.5" Wall Mounted Table, Folding Wall Mounted Desk Drop-Leaf Table, Space Saving Fold Down Floating Desk for Study, Bedroom, Bathroom or Balcony (Brown)
  • 【Premium Material】Our wall mounted table was mainly made of high quality P2MDF, which is environmental-friendly, durable and can withstand great load. The paint is without harsh chemicals, and odorless.

This motorhome originally had a jackknife sofa in the space between the door and the passenger seat, so the owners removed it and built a custom desk in its place.

7. Other Unique RV Desk Ideas

Last, I wanted to just share a few more desks I’ve found that make clever use of space and would be ideal for any RV.

We love the living edge wood used to make this tiny desk in the master bedroom.

Photo Credit: Amber Woodruff

These RVers decided to ditch their couch in order to make room for a dual desk.

By Kelsey Connor

Bar height tables and side tables are becoming more popular as replacements for your typical dinette. This RV uses it as a desk as well!

Photo Credit: Morgan Jones

RV Desk Ideas

If you are working on the road and need a designated workspace, there are plenty of ways to make room for a desk! Hopefully this article has given you the inspiration.

For more RV furniture ideas, check out some of my other articles:

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  1. I am using my tv as my monitor. It has HDMI connection and works great with my computer. I have a little sofa table I use for my keyboard and mouse. My computer sits under my TV and I still have all of my room. I love it.

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