Diy rv curtain ideas
47. Shampoo Dispenser
Our RV shower has this nifty shampoo dispenser.
There’s a large lack of shelf space in our RV shower, so this comes in handy.
55. Tape Together Coffee Cans for TP Storage
You can cut the bottoms of some ancient coffee cans and tape them together and paint them to match your decor! Simple toilet paper storage.
39. Make Your Own Towel Caddy
If you’re a creative type, you can combine a towel with some buttons and sewing skills to create one of these cool shower caddies.
50. Collapsible Laundry Basket
If you need a laundry basket in your RV, attempt this collapsible one to save some space!
Alternatively, you could do what Kayla and I own done and get a laundry bag. Ours isn’t love this backpack version, though – we wish it was!
40. Use a Shoe Organizer as a Towel Holder
41. Hanging Containers
I couldn’t discover the plastic containers from Ikea they used in the picture, but you can use these ones from eBay instead.
Command Strip Necklace Holder
My grandma got us this necklace organizer for Kayla, and she loves it. It’s the best way to store her necklaces while also making them simple to get to.
45. Storage Pods
Use command strips to hang plastic toiletry holders!
54. Over-the-Cabinet Hair Dryer Holder
The container store sells this nifty over-the-door hair dryer and supply caddy.
Elastic First Aid Holder
All those creams and ointments can get beautiful unorganized if left laying in the medicine cabinet. You can easily store and organize them by stapling an elastic band around them to hold them in place!
48. Command Strip Broom Holder
Organize your brooms and mops with a command strip broom gripper.
46. Handmade Additional Toilet Roll Storage
They’re a little pricey, but if you love these additional toilet paper roll holders, you can get them on Etsy.
Create a Toiletry Holder with an Ancient Jacket Hanger
You can use an ancient metal jacket hanger and some screws to hold your toiletries organized and in put as you travel.
53. Hang Spice Racks for Bathroom Supplies
Paint Ikea spice racks to match your bathroom cabinet, then use them as storage shelves for bathroom supplies.
44. Hook Dispensers
You can take a sheet out of Anna Moseley’s book and install some hooks in the wall to create an aluminum foil dispenser. It keeps the box from taking up room on the counter and makes it simple to get to; win-win!
Store Bobby Pins in an Ancient Tic Tac Container
Try out this cool project by Chelsea from Lovely Indeed. Turn an ancient tic tac container into a bobby pin holder!
56. Use a Dry Foods Container as a Little Waste Basket
If you’re looking for a little, out-of-the-way trash can, use an ancient dry foods container.
A few things to note…
- I propose that you spray your finished curtains with a water resistant spray, love Never Wet (by Rust-Oleum.) If they get wet, over time they will get mold on them. I live in a beautiful dry climate, so I leave mine up most of the year.
- I’ve been asked if you can machine wash them.
I tested it, and the color of the paint was a little bit less vibrant, but they still looked good. I wouldn’t do this often though.
More projects from the outdoor living room…
HOW TO MAKE AN OUTDOOR CURTAIN ROD
DIY OUTDOOR CANDLE CHANDELIER
OUTDOOR LIVING ROOM REVEAL
This project was featured in the June 2015 issue of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine!
The biggest challenge of staying in an RV?
Kayla and I got ill of every the clutter, so we scoured the internet to discover the best RV storage ideas of every time.
In this post, you’ll study how to organize your RV (or little space) today – and hold it that way!
Here’s a quick overview of every the diverse sections so you can jump correct to where you want:
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RV Kitchen Space Saving Ideas
Here are a few RV space saving ideas:
21. Magnetic Spice Holder (Use Caution!)
These are super favorite, so I wanted to mention them. Just be wary of these magnetized spice racks, because Nikki Wynn from Gone With the Wynns said they didn’t work well for her. Maybe she didn’t set it up correct, but I’d rather not deal with spice every over my floor to discover out.
Collapsible RV Trash Can
If you haven’t already figured it out, I love collapsible stuff. This collapsible trash can takes up virtually no space, and it has plenty of room as an everyday trash can.
3. Use Storage Bins in Your RV Shelves
Storage bins are probably the number one most significant piece of the RV organization puzzle. We own a dozen, and could probably use two dozen more. You can use them in cupboards, drawers, and in the exterior storage compartments. Label them for bonus points!
28. Under-Shelf Baskets
You can use under-shelf baskets to add more storage space to your cupboards – and under the shelves in your fridge!
Replace Your Tea Kettle with This Foldable One
Cookware can be the biggest space sucker of every the items on your RV. If you love to heat your water with a kettle, getting a collapsible tea kettle will save you a lot of room and headaches. You can also get collapsible colanders and even collapsible pots!
2. Get an Over-The-Door or Door-Mounted RV Trash Can
An RV trash can on the floor takes up a lot of space… but you need a trash can. Believe me – Kayla and I went weeks without a trash can in the RV and it’s a huge pain.
This over-the-door trash can saves space and is totally out of the way!
23. Food Dispensers
Wall-mounted dry food dispensers are a grand way to free up some cupboard and counter space. Just put the contents in and throw the packaging! It makes it easier to get to your food, too.
15. Wall-Mounted Magnetic Strips
A wall-mounted magnetic strip is high on our wishlist as a way to store our knives.
Put them away while driving, though – you don’t desire them to come flying off the wall if you crash!!
33. Repurpose Coffee Creamer Containers
If you’re a coffee lover love we are, you’ve probably thrown out a lot of coffee creamer bottles. Next time you discover yourself running out of creamer, hold the bottle, clean it, and reuse it to store food! It takes up less space than most packaging.
1. Put a Free-Standing Drawer Unit in a Cupboard (Secure w/ Bungee)
These cabinet-sized drawer units are pricey, but if you own the money they can be one of the best ways to use RV cabinet space that may otherwise be wasted.
Kayla and I don’t use them because of the price, but we’d love to own them if we had the additional money! Secure them with bungee cords to hold them from opening on the move.
19. Airtight Square Canisters
Tupperware is one of the greatest things for storing food, but they can be hard to organize, to tell the least. These square canisters (which are also airtight) are grand for maximizing your storage space!
Spice Gripper Clips
Like I said, spices can be a pain to organize. These are another item high on our wishlist – spice gripper clips!
9. Install a Peg Board
We don’t own a spot for one of these ourselves, but I wish we did. A peg board on the wall looks love a really cool, simple way to organize the unorganizable: pots and pans.
30. Magazine Rack Can Organizer
You can use magazine racks to organize the cans in your cupboard; plus, it will stop them from rolling around and making a mess.
Get a Roll-Up Sink Rack
Having an above the sink rack, rather than a countertop one, frees up that precious counter space. This model even rolls up for simple storage.
24. Floating Wine Rack
A floating wine rack probably isn’t your first thought to store wine glasses in your RV, but hey, you gotta own dreams of wine, right?
14. Dangling Mason Jars
This one’s cool, and affordable. Just get some mason jars and screw them into the ceiling to store little stuff!
7. Install a Hanging Basket for Fruit
If you can discover a spot to put a hanging basket, they’re grand.
Kayla and I don’t really own anywhere we could put one, so unfortunately, we don’t own one.
32. Use Ancient Wipe Containers to Store Plastic Bags
Plastic bags tend to accumulate and take up way too much space. Instead of stuffing them in a dark corner of your RV, use an ancient wipe container to organize them!
31. Bungee Your RV Trash Can to the Wall
Sometimes an over-the-door trash can is just too little, and you need something bigger. Just take a bigger trash can and use some bungee cords and eye hooks to tie it to the wall; viola, a mobile-ready RV trash can that’s out of the way!
Store Trash Bags on a Paper Towel Holder
Paper towel holders can be used to hold tons of diverse things. Use them to store your trash bags for simple access!
25. Lazy Susans
If you don’t know what a Lazy Susan is (I didn’t before I did some research on organization), it’s basically a plate that spins (just love the glass plate in your microwave). They are awesome! You can use them in the fridge or in cupboards to easily get to stuff in the back.
If you can discover a way to stabilize it, an over-the-sink rack will add some much-needed kitchen space.
Magnetize Your Cutting Board to the Underside of a Cabinet
Get some magnets to install on the back of your cutting board, and a sheet of metal to install under your cupboard: Boom, your cutting board is organized and out of the way.
13. Fold Out Spice Rack
This spice rack can be installed correct under a cabinet and will save tons of RV cabinet and counter space. It beats our system – we own every the spices in a storage container, which is a pain when you own to dig out the one you want.
6. Use Dish Cradles to Maximize RV Cabinet Space
These are way up on our wish list.
Stacking dishes vertically in a dish cradle makes them take up less space and, more importantly, makes it easier to get them out without needing to take anything off the top of them.
11. Fruit Hammocks
If you’re love us and can’t discover room for the hanging baskets, these fruit hammocks might work for you instead. I love them because the fruit ripens evenly so you don’t get spots over-ripened.
17. Use Curtain Tension Rods Vertically
You’ve probably heard of using curtain tension rods in cupboards to hold things from falling out.
But, own you thought of using them vertically to organize things? Attempt it out!
27. Use Towel Rods to Hold Pot Lids
Pot lids are the worst things to discover space for. They are awkward and never sit correct. Just use a curtain rod to hold them on the back of a cupboard!
36. Or – Store Them in an Ancient Juice Bottle
If you can’t discover space for a paper towel rod, an ancient juice bottle will work to store bags.
It may not store the whole roll, but it’s an simple way to get your bags out.
10. Purchase Tons of Suction Cup Hooks
The suction cup hook pictured above is from our shower, and this thing works wonders! I love anything you can use to hang stuff without putting holes anywhere because we’re planning on selling our RV when we’re done and desire to hold it’s value.
26. Divided Organizers
These divided organizers are another grand way to save space. You can store drinkware, clothes, accessories, and more! You can create your own with a box and some cardboard dividers left over from packages if you desire to be thrifty.
Paper Plate Dispenser
Another item high on our wish list is this awesome paper plate dispenser.
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5. Replace Mixing Bowls with Stackable Nesting Bowls
Nesting bowls are a go-to RV space saving thought. We basically stopped using bowls in the RV until we found these because they just take up so much room.
One of those “bowls” is actually a colander, which is great.
29. Organize Bakeware with a Pan Organizer
Who says pan organizers are only for pans? Put your baking trays in them, too!
22. Knife Safe by Camping World
A excellent alternative to the magnetic strip for storing knives is the knife safe by Camping World. I’m still not certain I would leave them in this while driving, though.
Thumbtack Sandwich Baggies Inside Cabinet Doors
Thumbtacks can act out miracles. Just pin your sandwich baggie boxes correct to the back of a cupboard!
Supplies List and sources:
- Painters Tape: Don’t skimp here. Get the Scotch blue painters tape. It really does work the best.
- Paper bags
- Drop Cloths I got these medium weight drop cloths at Home Depot in the paint section. They came in a 2 pack for 10 dollars. I bought 2 packs and own 1 left over cause I actually cut one in half so that it wouldn’t be so bulky.
You will desire to know your measurements so that you can purchase the correct size. I cut some length off of mine. (You can also discover excellent deals on drop cloths on Amazon.)
- Spray paint: Colors: Lagoon, Seaside, and Key Lime.
- Heavy washers to weight your curtains: I used 4 per panel (2 in each pocket.)
RV Bedroom Storage Solutions
Make a Storage Headboard
If you’re excellent at stitching, this is an exciting project to undertake. It could double as a shade for the window behind your bed if you own one.
60. Caddy Night Stand
Bedroom space is lacking in most RVs (besides under the bed, but who wants to pick up their bed every day?) A caddy night stand could solve that problem for you!
57. Remodel Your Bunkbed Into a Closet or Office
This is a travel trailer space saving idea since most motorhomes don’t own bunk beds.
It can be annoying having space used for something you simply don’t need or desire there. If you own a bunk bed, but don’t use it, you probably feel the same way.
If you’re feeling crafty, attempt converting that space into an office to get the most out of every square inch of your rig.
58. Portable Filing Folder Bag
Keeping excellent records is really significant, especially for those of us self-employed. It can be hard to discover room to hold track of this stuff, which is why you should get one of these.
Use a Shoe Organizer for Additional Shelves
A shoe rack can actually fit in numerous RV cupboards. Use it for additional shelf space!
RV Storage Tips Before You Begin…
1. Take Stock
Write down everything you own. I know, this is a monstrous task, but there really is no better way to organize your RV or little space than by knowing exactly what you have.
2. Purge the Useless Items
Do you really need 12 drinking cups and 20 plates? Unless you own a huge family, I doubt it.
I’m a culprit, too. I own 3 pairs of sunglasses. I don’t need them, but… y’know.
Everyone has those things they just don’t desire to get rid of.
As fulltimers, we plan to get rid of everything we don’t use at least once per year. If you’re not living in an RV, I recommend doing this after every RV trip.
3. Designate a Put for Everything
And I do mean everything. Keys, your fly swatter, loose change, bike helmets, the RV trash can — you name it. It’s the only way you’ll ever get your RV to stay organized.
4. Use the “One In, One Out” Rule
This is a grand way to stay on top of your organization goals.
Anytime you bring something new into the RV, the ancient one should go out. For example…
If you bring a new sweater into the RV, an ancient sweater should be removed.
This law will assist you upgrade ancient stuff without keeping tons of unnecessary clutter. (Kayla hates this law, she’s gotta own her clothes! She’s getting better though!!)
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5. Stick to a Cleaning Schedule
With a home that moves, you own to put everything away before you start your drive. However, when you stay in one spot for any length of time (we sometimes stay at one site for over a month), daily cleaning can be overlooked and clutter builds up. No quantity of RV storage ideas will assist you if you don’t develop a routine.
We own a daily morning routine of cleaning up after breakfast.
Once we’re finished eating in the morning, Kayla and I love to take 20 minutes to wash the dishes and pick up anything lying around.
By doing a little pickup session daily, the cleaning is more manageable and never becomes a huge hassle.
Now — on to the RV storage ideas!
Here is what I did:
Step 1 | Take measurements in your space.
I measured from my patio cover to about 2 inches from the ground to get my length.
Step 2 | Create your bottom hem.
With that number I added 5 inches for my bottom hem, marked it every the way across my drop cloth and cut off the excess.
Then, I measured 2 inches up from the bottom, and made a mark, and then 3 inches from that mark and made a mark.
I folded the bottom of the drop cloth at my first mark so that I had a 2 inch fold.
(Your mark will be directly in the fold.) Then I folded again using the next mark and pinned to hold it together.
I ran my drop cloth through the sewing machine sewing along the top of the fold you just made starting about 3 inches in from the edge and leaving 3 inches at the other edge.
Then I sewed below the side to hold the hem in put and below again at the 3 inch mark. This will leave a little pocket for washers to weight your curtains.
Step 3 | Paint your stripes.
Now for the enjoyment part! The spray paint! I taped off where I wanted my stripes to go making certain to tape both sides of the drop cloth before you start to paint.
IMPORTANT: You own to get the tape on both sides of the curtain in the exact same spot otherwise your paint will show through.
Once you’re ready, cut open some paper bags and tape them along the tape line so that when you spray one color it doesn’t go on the relax of the drop cloth.
I actually set up the bags so that I could fold them over and do the next color the second I was done with the first color.
I didn’t desire to own to sit and wait for the paint to dry between each color. I reused the same bags for each panel replacing the tape on the edge of the bags when necessary.
When you first spray the drop cloths it’s going to glance love they own already faded, even with 2 coats. Don’t fret! Just be certain to apply twoeven coats and once you tug the tape they will glance really vibrant.
Let side one dry before painting side 2.
I used 2 cans of each color. Purchase more than you ponder you’ll need.
You can always return what you don’t open and it will save you from having to stop in the middle. Yes, I learned this the hard way 🙁
Step 4 | Hang on a DIY outdoor curtain rod!
Once you’re done you can hang them by creating an inexpensive outdoor curtain rod!
I’m thrilled with how my outdoor living room is coming together just in time to enjoy summer!