5 ways to maximize an RV kitchen

Adventure 4 min read

Regardless of where you decide to travel, one of the perks of traveling in an RV is having the comforts of home within reach, and that includes a fully stocked kitchen.

Here are five ways you can maximize an RV kitchen to make the most of your tiny home on wheels.

Compact appliances

Consider what appliances you must have in the kitchen, and see if you can replace them with more compact options.

Before hitting the road in our RV, we swapped out our specialty coffee maker with a French press and haven’t regretted it once. Not only does our coffee taste better, but we’ve been able to save valuable countertop space.

If you’re not quite ready to switch up the way you make coffee, you can likely switch to a compact version of what you’re currently using, such as a mini-Keurig machine or espresso maker.

Another way to maximize space in your RV kitchen is to replace bulky appliances that serve one purpose for options with multiple uses.

For example, an Instant Pot can replace a slow cooker, steamer, rice cooker, etc., and the Ninja can be used as both a blender and food processor.

I then recommend only keeping what you use 80% of the time within easy reach. Whatever is used less often can be stored elsewhere so it’s not taking up real estate in your tiny kitchen.

Utilize the inside of cabinet doors

When it comes to making the most of a tiny kitchen, it’s important to see the potential of unused surfaces. One way to accomplish this is to use the inside of your kitchen cabinets. You can hang measuring cups, magnetic spices, and even pot lids, which will not only create extra space but will make those items super easy to reach and store.

We’ve also used the inside of our RV kitchen cabinets to hang small, acrylic containers for odd-shaped objects, such as our apple slicer.

Create more counter space

Counter space in an RV kitchen can sometimes feel like a joke, but thankfully there are ways to add additional counter space to make prep work easier.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to purchase a cutting board that can go across your sink or stove, some can even be stored this way.

We have a roll-up dish drainer that lays across half our kitchen sink and allows us to dry our dishes while keeping them off the counter. Not only that, but we can also use to it hold produce during prep or to store hot pans. And if we need more sink space we simply roll it up and move it out of the way.

Another way to add counter space to your RV kitchen is to install a countertop extension. This will allow you to flip up the extension when needed, or set it back down when not in use.

If you have the space available, you may even want to consider keeping a rolling tea cart handy or building a slide-out island within the lower kitchen cabinets.

Photo from @GypsyandaPirate

Create vertical storage

Similar to using the inside of cabinet doors, you can also create more space in your RV kitchen by taking advantage of vertical wall space.

For instance, install a paper towel holder underneath a cabinet or wrangle produce inside cotton mesh bags, which can then be hung on the wall.

Maximize your tiny kitchen by installing a magnetic strip on the wall to store your knives and scissors, or if your fridge is magnetic you can add magnetic spices or planters for herbs.

Another way to create vertical storage in your RV kitchen is to mount a rail rack to hang pots and cooking utensils from S-hooks.

And while I’m a fan of command hooks, I especially love using cup hooks in our kitchen, and if they have clasps that’s even better! We’ve used them to hang mugs, pot holders, and hanging plants, just to name a few.

Photo from @R.Maria.Fuller

Nest, collapse, and contain

Save space in your cabinets by using dishes, pans, or containers that can easily nest within one another, or collapse when not in use, such as mixing bowls, colanders, and dish-drying racks. You’d be amazed at how much space this can save inside your cabinets and drawers! You can even find well-made pots and pans with removable handles, which can make them easier to store in tight spaces.

We have a collapsible colander, and it’s one of my favorite kitchen items, simply because it’s easy to use and takes up barely any space.

When it comes to your pantry, I’d ditch the bulky boxes whenever possible, and store dry goods inside acrylic canisters instead. This will make items easy to find and know when you’re running low on certain items.

We used round canisters because we already had them on hand, but I recommend square options because they will save even more space and be easier to stack if necessary.

By utilizing these simple tips, you’ll see how easy it is to maximize your RV kitchen, without sacrificing what you love and use most!

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