by naomi fiddes-baron
Living big in a small space is more than just a trendy new Instagram hashtag. For those of us embracing a more selective and downsized lifestyle, how we achieve domestic harmony in a small space, has an awful lot to do with how that space has been planned out to get maximum use from a reduced footprint. Whether you’re having a week-long campervan holiday, or you’re embracing a more permanent full-time van lifestyle, you’ll want to check out these top campervan storage hacks – guaranteed to ensure you pack more into your small space!
It might sound like a contradiction but in my experience, having a meticulously organised campervan living space inevitably leads to a calm and laidback road trip. In a living space that’s smaller than you are used to, a stray sock or rogue plate becomes a far quicker annoyance than in a bricks and mortar space. Many full-time vanlifers extolled the virtue of putting things back where they should go in our vanlife tips blog. The easiest way to ensure you have a perfectly organised campervan is to consider using some of these awesome campervan storage hacks.
Use the ceiling!
If you have the luxury of a high-top campervan, why not consider using this space for some additional storage? Campervan ceilings are particularly good for storing surfboards, or even some cargo netting for bags and coats!
One of the best things about being in a campervan is cooking up incredible food with a view over some equally amazing landscapes. Our favourite trick to keeping your spices neat and tidy is to screw the lids to the underside of a cupboard which keeps them out of valuable cupboard space, off the worksurfaces, but also keeps them really accessible.
You don’t have to install permanent storage for everything. Sometimes you might want the option to add or remove storage as your camper van trip requires. We love these vinyl storage pouches that can be hung up on the back doors, which make awesome use of an often-wasted space. You can actually buy these from Honeybee’s owner Cat, who will be having a stall at Camp Quirky!
Stack it Up!
It’s not so much about the storage space, but what you put in it! A great campervan storage tip is to find foldable versions of things like buckets and bowls. Or slimmer plates, graters etc. You can even get collapsible cookwear which means you can fit a lot more in your kitchen cupboards.
Low Hanging Fruit
If, like me, you get through at least 2 bananas a day, it’s nice to have somewhere to put them where they aren’t going to get bashed about. A hanging fruit basket is a genius idea, but be careful when searching online if you want to buy one – “banana hammock” might not give you the desired search result!
Bungee Cord is your Best Friend
Keep shoes and boots off of the floor by attaching a piece of bungee cord to the end of a bench seat. Instant floor space saver, plus you never lose your shoes!
Campervan Storage Access
A fixed bed is a super popular choice in a campervan, because it gives you a really large storage space underneath it. However, the downside of this is you normally have to go outside to access it, which can be annoying if it’s raining! We think this idea from Mabel’s creator is awesome, because the entire bed lifts up giving you access to the underneath space. Plus, some of the space is accessed by the drawers at the front.
Multi-functional is the New Sexy!
Not all storage hacks have to be bespoke and elaborate crafted solutions. We highly recommend a trip to the world famous blue and yellow home store to pick up some incredibly multi-purpose storage containers! Shakti’s owners have used these handy hook-on storage containers for everything from herb containers to extra bathroom storage! Get yourself down to IKEA for your own!
Space Saving Furniture Design
In order for your campervan to be classified as one on the V5C, it needs to have a permanent fixed table. But, where can you put these when they’re not in use so they don’t take up too much room? We think the idea of having a slide out table is a really great space saving storage idea!
Dog Friendly Storage Design
Campervan storage is not limited to your clothes and belongings. If you are travelling with your pet, it is best to have somewhere safe and secure for them to travel, and to snuggle up at night (unless they get to claim the bed, that is!) We love this garage set up that K9’s owners have designed. A fully integrated kennel space which you can access from the front and rear of the campervan, but that still provides super useful storage space when you’re not taking a dog along for the ride.
Want more storage ideas? Take a look at our campervans for hire. Why not hire one before you convert your own van so you can try out different storage setups!