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Small Kitchen Storage Ideas

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Small Kitchen Storage Ideas for your RV

If you’re looking for some small kitchen storage ideas, hopefully these will give you some inspiration for how you can organize the space in your own small RV kitchen.

Sometimes I wonder if some of the RV kitchens that I see can actually be classed as a ‘kitchen’; they’re so small that I’m surprised if anything more than a cup of tea can be prepared in the space.

But no matter how large or small your RV kitchen is, there are always ways that you can utilise the space so that you get maximum storage and use out of it.

I know many of us don’t go RVing so that you can spend hours cooking and preparing meals, but you do want whatever space you do have, to be practical and useful.

Here are some of the most useful small kitchen storage ideas that I could find.

Other posts about storage that you should check out:

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Create a hideaway in false sink fronts

Small Kitchen Storage Ideas - Create a hideaway in false sink fronts. When you need to utilize all the space you can in your small RV kitchen.

I find it frustrating that some RV manufacturers would allow dead space in their rigs, when it could be used for storage. So I love this great tip from All Things Free that makes great use of the empty space at the front of your RV kitchen sink.

My disclaimer to this is that there are some places in your RV that you don’t want to use as storage. Like, they’re left empty and inaccessible because they are ventilation spaces or something like that.

But the front of the sink is perfect for storing dishclothes etc!

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Talented Kitchen Magnetic Spice Jars for Refrigerator - 3oz Metal Spice Containers with Sift-and-Pour Lids (12 Magnet Spice Jars, 269 Preprinted Labels, 2 Label Styles)
  • Magnetic Spice Tins: This set comes with 12 metal spice containers with clear lids; 269 spice labels in 2 styles; 144 round chalkboard-style and 125 clear rectangular labels; and 1 magnetic conversion chart
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Rev-A-Shelf 14" Tip-Out Plastic Sink Trays for Kitchen and Bathroom Base Cabinet, Pull Out Vanity Shelf Home Organizer, White, 6572-14-11-52
  • MAXIMIZE YOUR SPACE: Maximize space and efficiency of your kitchen with these 14-inch white polymer tip-out accessory trays; One conventional open tray and one accessory tray with ring holder and soap dish perfect for kitchens, laundry room or vanity cabinets

Use magnetic spice containers

These magnetic spice containers can be stored on the door or side of the fridge, or if you have a steel splash back then you can store them there and have them right at hand.

My friend Ashley created a whole wall of spices in her fifth wheel kitchen, you can see how she did it here.

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Talented Kitchen Magnetic Spice Jars for Refrigerator - 3oz Metal Spice Containers with Sift-and-Pour Lids (12 Magnet Spice Jars, 269 Preprinted Labels, 2 Label Styles)
  • Magnetic Spice Tins: This set comes with 12 metal spice containers with clear lids; 269 spice labels in 2 styles; 144 round chalkboard-style and 125 clear rectangular labels; and 1 magnetic conversion chart
Hanindy 24 Magnetic Spice Tins, 200 Spice Labels, 4 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons Magnetic Spice Containers Organizer Storage Condiment Jar Set of 24, Clear Lid, Sift and Pour
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Hanindy 24 Magnetic Spice Tins, 200 Spice Labels, 4 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons Magnetic Spice Containers Organizer Storage Condiment Jar Set of 24, Clear Lid, Sift and Pour
  • EASY AND CONVENIENT SPICE STORAGE: Enjoy the convenience of 24 magnetic spice jars. The magnet spice racks are perfect for receiving and storing condiments and other spices in your kitchen. They are both convenient and add an artistic touch too.

Use a tension rod to hang spray bottles

Small Kitchen Storage Ideas - Use tension rods to hang spray bottles - when you need to utilize all the space you can in your small RV kitchen.

This is an easy-to-implement idea from A Thousand Words and it’s great because it gets the bottles up off the bottom of the cupboard so that you can utilize the space for other things.

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iDesign Cameo Metal Tension Rod, Adjustable Customizable Curtain Rod for Bathtub, Shower Stall, Closet, Doorway, 26-42 Inches, Bronze
  • RELIABLE TENSION ROD: Functional spring tension rod is perfect for bathroom, shower stall, bathtub, changing area, closet, window opening, and more. Strong enough to hold shower curtains, window curtains, clothing, and other items
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iDesign Cameo Metal Tension Rod, Adjustable Customizable Curtain Rod for Bathtub, Shower Stall, Closet, Doorway, 26-42 Inches, Bronze
  • RELIABLE TENSION ROD: Functional spring tension rod is perfect for bathroom, shower stall, bathtub, changing area, closet, window opening, and more. Strong enough to hold shower curtains, window curtains, clothing, and other items

Hang things on the inside of cupboard doors by using:

Hooks

Small Kitchen Storage Ideas - Add hooks (either over cupboard door, fixed or command) and make the most of some of that wasted space.

Either over-cupboard, fixed or adhesive hooks:

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iDesign Cameo Metal Tension Rod, Adjustable Customizable Curtain Rod for Bathtub, Shower Stall, Closet, Doorway, 26-42 Inches, Bronze
  • RELIABLE TENSION ROD: Functional spring tension rod is perfect for bathroom, shower stall, bathtub, changing area, closet, window opening, and more. Strong enough to hold shower curtains, window curtains, clothing, and other items
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GLUIT Adhesive Wall Hooks for Hanging Heavy Duty 22 lbs Hooks for Walls No Damage, Towel Sticky Clear Hooks, Waterproof, Home, Bathroom, Kitchen, Office, and Outdoor, 12 Pack
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GLUIT Adhesive Wall Hooks for Hanging Heavy Duty 22 lbs Hooks for Walls No Damage, Towel Sticky Clear Hooks, Waterproof, Home, Bathroom, Kitchen, Office, and Outdoor, 12 Pack
  • GLUIT - Sticky wall hooks for hanging are crafted for walls in your office, garage, or workshop. AVOID USING ON PAINTED walls. Their transparent design makes them nearly invisible on surfaces, making them ideal for tool organization, indoor and outdoor use, office supplies, and clothing. These hooks are versatile and suitable for a range of surfaces

Baskets, boxes or racks

Small Kitchen Storage Ideas - use the inside of your cupboards by hanging baskets, boxes or racks to store items. Especially the ones that are used often as this space is easy to get to.

Baskets and boxes don’t have to be what you would normally think, these document holders work perfectly for foil, plastic wrap and baking paper.

Spectrum Diversified Vintage Cabinet & Wall Mount Basket, Small, Industrial Gray
  • ENJOY VINTAGE STYLE: Wrapped wire ends and grid designs create a popular rustic look that will complement farmhouse-style homes. Make your storage double as décor for a streamlined, organized, stylish home.
Spectrum Diversified Vintage Cabinet & Wall Mount Basket, Small, Industrial Gray
  • ENJOY VINTAGE STYLE: Wrapped wire ends and grid designs create a popular rustic look that will complement farmhouse-style homes. Make your storage double as décor for a streamlined, organized, stylish home.

Store things vertically

YouCopia StoreMore Adjustable Bakeware Rack, Cookie Sheet Baking Pan and Tray Organizer for Kitchen Cabinet and Pantry Storage, Standard, White
  • FLEXIBLE STORAGE: Includes seven adjustable dividers to organize your bakeware, cutting boards, and pans in a lower cabinet or pantry. Dividers keep bakeware upright and separated, so you can quickly see and grab what you need.
U Brands Mesh Steel Magazine File Holder, 12.5' x 9.8' x 3', Black
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U Brands Mesh Steel Magazine File Holder, 12.5" x 9.8" x 3", Black
  • Add simple sophistication and style to your desk or office with this unique magazine holder

Use Stackable Shelves

If you’re renovating an RV or converting a bus or van, then the world is your oyster! Rather than just trying to add storage spaces wherever you can, you can incorporate storage solutions into your design. Here are some of the great ideas that I think are worth exploring.

Pull-out pantry

Small Kitchen Storage Ideas - the pull out pantry is often standard on many new model RVs, but if you're thinking of doing an RV renovation or bus/van conversion it's worth keeping these in mind!

This one’s a no-brainer really, isn’t it? Source: Leisure Vans

Hideaway microwave

Small Kitchen Storage Ideas - Hideaway the microwave so that it can go into a cupboard sideways and doesn't take up precious counter space.

A microwave is often only used for really short amounts of time and rather infrequently, so it makes sense to hide it away and bring it out only when it’s needed. Source: Apartment Therapy

What other small kitchen storage ideas do you have?

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9 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing. This gives me ideas for both my boat and my very small home kitchen.

    1. Yes! This also helps me with my galley in our boat. Great ideas, here. Thanks for sharing them.

  2. Love this! just what i’ve been looking for super helpful! i’ve just started the planing for my van conversion but really needed to know the best way to maximise my storage space! So thank you, really helpful

  3. I really need more ideas!! Love what I see but it doea not reflect the solution for why I am.having a issue!! We just bought a 94 model 5th wheel. The kitchen is so nice. Has plenty of drawers..but there is a pantry cabinet. And a cabinet along the wall. The wall is in the curve of the camper. So the inside wall is curved. This makes for smaller space and less items that can be stored there. Then to top it off, the cabinet is not wide enough to put my plates in. We are RVing full time!!

  4. Try putting your plates and cups in a drawer using dowels or cardboard dividers. In our trailer I use magazine holders to hold my melamine plates and platters in an upper cabinet because I have small drawers. I do have some smaller glasses in my drawer with cardboard dividers like for ornaments.

  5. I find a lot of these organization pictures look beautiful but how do they keep the dishes from not sliding off or breaking as you are motoring down the highway on the way to your next adventure

    1. Hi Kim,
      I’ve heard of people putting dots of silicon on the bottom of their porcelain plates (to stop them sliding and scratching the other plates) or using a drawer/shelf liner to stop things sliding about.
      Personally… our cabinets are so small that there’s literally no where for anything to slide. 🙂

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