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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.
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.
Recreate the look:
- Solid Wood construction. Drawer Front Size-4 H x 34 W inches
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.
- 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.
- 【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).
- 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.
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:
- Handcrafted with care using the finest quality solid Mango Hardwood & Metal
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.
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:
- 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:
- 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.
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:
- 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.
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:
This renovated RV also used the back of the fifth wheel for a desk.
But also replaced the dining table with a second desk!
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:
- 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.
- 【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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 【Premium and Environmental-friendly Material】: This folding 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.
These RVers decided to ditch their couch in order to make room for a dual desk.
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!
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: