Yep, RV's are small. Well, smaller than a traditional house. I know...
Ok, ok... I'll stop with all the Captian Obvious statements. But it's not an incorrect statement!
That being said, sometimes you have to get creative with storage spaces and by creative I mean optimize all of your wall space in your RV.
Over the years we have called our fifth-wheel home, we have gotten creative and found ways to utilize our wall space to make our life on wheels easier and more functional.
Command Strips VS. Power Tools
If you're anything like I was when I first moved into our home on wheels, you'll probably think that the only way to hang anything on the walls would be the use Command Strips. Well, you're both correct and incorrect depending on 1.) if you plan to paint at all and 2.) how good you are with a drill.
I know I said I was going to stop being Captain Obvious, but the walls in an RV are pretty much hollow aside from your occasional support beam, therefore, it is harder to secure a screw in the wall of your camper.
That's why we still use Command Strips for decorative things and some of our lighter organizational hanging stuff.
I'm not saying that we don't use real screws to hang things because that isn't true. I'm just saying that if you're going to use a screw, make sure it's in the correct spot before you drill the hole. Because if not, you're going to have some very obnoxious holes in your walls that can only be covered if you do, indeed, plan to fill it, sand it, and paint.
Both Command Strips and real nails are useful for different things. The way I look at it is, if it's light enough, don't put a hole in the wall. But some things are too heavy so a screw is needed to help you out. (Horray! You get to play with power tools!)
Where are my ladies (or men who are tired of seeing their lady's shit all over the counter) at?!
I'm sorry, but I have to hit you with a truth bomb... You have too much makeup. You have too much jewellery. Both are fine IF you do something about it. Don't worry girl, I got you!!
I too suffer from "I must have the shiny things" syndrome. Every time a new makeup pallet comes out, I must have it! This is problematic because I live in a tiny house on wheels. But did I let that stop me? Nay!
I simply figured out how to create my own storage options.
For my jewellery, I found this gorgeous hanging organizer at the At Home store but I have seen some at Bed Bath & Beyond and other stores as well. This particular organizer was nice enough to hang on my wall without looking tacky.
My makeup was a different story... Before I had committed to tiny living, I had purchased a nice organizer that sat on my counter in my apartment bathroom. Unfortunately, RV's don't offer that luxury so I was on the hunt to finding the perfect solution.
I again found this solution at the At Home store with a hanging basket organizer. Since the space I had was a bit on the narrow side (and I realize all RV's are made differently) this one took a couple tries to get the right-sized basket but it works swimmingly and keeps my makeup organized and off of my counter.
Since this one held so much more weight than my jewellery organizer and the shower causes the room to be moist at times, we did end up drilling it into the wall. After so many steamy showers, the Command Strips just wouldn't hold up any longer.
When we moved into our camper, one of these brilliant contraptions was already installed and we have taken advantage of it ever since. In our shower, to keep our bottles organized and our packing time for travel days low, we have a net drilled into the wall above our shower wall which holds both mine and Grant's soap.
If that doesn't work for you, I have also seen people use wall mounted soap dispensers to save on space both in their shower and under their cabinet which I thought was just brilliant. If we didn't already have our net system down, I would absolutely invest in one of these dispensers.
Another way I have seen people use nets is to store fresh produce on the walls in their kitchen for those who don't have the most cabinet space. We, unfortunately, don't have the wall space in our kitchen but the idea is genius and worth sharing!
Netting is a great way to store items without taking up much space and they're lightweight so you won't have to worry about them come hauling day.
I got this idea when I was scrolling through Amazon Deal Days of all places. For months I had been wanting to get a coffee table or something to set drinks and other things on when I'm sitting on my couch. Logical, right?
Except the only problem was where to put the table when we travel and knowing that we would lose that much more space in our already small living room.
That's when I saw these small hanging shelves and the lightbulb in my head lit up. Instead of taking up floor space and having something heavy to lug around, I could just add little floating shelves on my wall and kill 2 birds with one stone!
No, they're not the most practical to put decore or books on and have a small pack-down time for travel days, but they sure do save so much space and weight in my home while being super useful!
Minimalist thinking... I know. But it's just fantastic in my opinion.
Tiny living doesn't mean giving up all of your things. It just means you have to get creative with some of your storage options from time to time. Wallspace is something that so many completely overlook when living in an RV or any tiny spaces.
These are some of the most useful and attractive uses of wall space that I have found in my time living small in our fifth-wheel and I'm thankful to get to share them with you.
Comment below with your favorite wall space storage option. We love hearing from you!