Whether you’re the proud owner of a vintage VW Westfalia or a more spacious Ford Transit L3 conversion, it’s likely you’ll find yourself wondering how to optimise your space.
Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to hack your way to a more open, efficient and stylish living area in your campervan.
From a kitchen in need of some extra shelf space to a living area that always feels cluttered, there’s bound to be a hack to cure your woes.
So, go ahead and check out some of our best campervan hacks to make life in a small space that bit easier.
That said, even if your camper already feels large and roomy, we bet these cool ideas will still make it feel even more organised and stylish!
From van conversions to vintage camper renovations, insurance for a campervan is the first thing you need to get sorted. After all, you don’t want an accident, damage, loss or even theft to ruin your holiday dreams.
Dreamy storage solutions
Fixed beds are a popular choice in campervans, because they give you a really large storage space underneath.
Whether you slide plastic tubs or wicker baskets under the frame or find a bed with built-in storage, it’s the perfect stowaway.
Always army roll your clothes to save space and get them out easier without making a mess.
Don’t ignore colour choices
Scroll through Instagram or Pinterest for campervan ideas and you’ll soon be struck by a common theme – they all have a consistent colour motif.
Lots of different colours can make a small space look too busy. Choosing a complementary palette with furniture and fittings to match is a great idea.
Giving your camper the tonal treatment will open up the area, and give it a pared-back vibe.
Maximize every nook and cranny
You’re sure to have some tight and awkward spaces in your van. Don’t let them go to waste. There’ll always be a little box or container that fits just right.
Hooks, hooks, hooks
Whether sturdy screw-in hooks to hang heavy wet clothes and towels while they dry or little stick-on hooks to hold everything from keys to kitchen utensils, there’s bound to be a use for one of these little space savers.
Whatever you hang, make sure it doesn’t obscure your view while driving.
Campervan insurance from Motorhome Protect can help cover the costs if you do have a mishap!
Keeping plants around your van space will give it an outdoor vibe that looks great. But if you really want to grow your collection of fresh kitchen herbs then install a hanging planter.
Not only does it free up space on your worktops, but it'll also draw the eye upward, creating the illusion of space.
Keeping fruit and vegetables fresh and unbruised when travelling around can also be a challenge. A hanging net or hammock will not only save space and keep them from going bad but it also looks super cute.
Another popular hanging hack is using shoe hangers to store toiletries and other everyday essentials. Simply cut them to size and hang them on the back of storage doors.
Put the walls to work
The wall space of your campervan can often be ignored, and that’s a mistake. For example, a magnetic strip stuck to the kitchen wall is a great place to store knives for easy access and keeps counter space free and clear.
Even the sides of cabinets or the inside of the van doors can be used to provide storage and space.
Using pop-up hinges and some hidden shelving you can make a valuable extra table area.
Take advantage of any empty space
With square footage at a premium, it's important to take advantage of any empty space you can find.
What about the bottom of a kitchen shelf? Simply drill a few holes and add some hooks or instal a space saving magnetic spice rack. Both stylish and practical.
Embrace the nesting instinct
If you want to have extra tables or stools for when guests visit, but don't want them to take up too much space, then invest in pieces that stack.
While collapsible storage containers are a great way to deal with the struggle of fitting all your yummy provisions inside the fridge.
A similar idea is to always look for foldable versions of items. From tables and chairs to buckets and bowls, the possibilities are endless.
A great idea for those looking to save space is to double up on functionality wherever possible. Grab a stylish vintage trunk as a stylish coffee table and storage solution. Or hollow seats to hold towels or dirty laundry.
It’s great fun finding more uses for common items, we challenge you to think outside of the box!
Remember, not all hacks have to be bespoke and elaborately crafted solutions. Why not take a trip to IKEA to choose from their vast array of multi-purpose storage containers?
Gathering mascots and quirky curios is a fun part of campervanning but can leave your home on wheels feeling a bit cluttered. Keep collection to a specific space where they can be best shown off.
Whatever objects you have on display, make sure they’re packed away while you’re driving.
Campervan insurance can cover damages but it can’t replace priceless mementos of holidays gone by. Also make sure your camping equipment is covered in the event of theft.
Pack a small vacuum
Keeping your campervan clean can be difficult especially if you have children or your four-legged friend accompanies you on your trips. Using a small handheld vacuum twice a day will keep your van feeling tidy.
If you prefer wild off-grid camping, or simply want some back-up power just in-case, you might want to consider in a motorhome generator.
Although most of the time your motorhome’s leisure battery will cater to your electrical needs, you might find yourself needing a little extra power.
For a look at the best options and more reasons why you might need one, take a look at this handy guide.
Don’t forget the roof
If you have big or bulky items you may be able to store them on a secure roof rack.
From kayaks to camping stoves, there’s a whole host of things you can keep on the roof. But don’t put too much weight up there or it may affect your handling of the camper.
Insurance hacks for your campervan
Call the specialist insurance team at Motorhome Protect for more great ideas on how to protect your cherished camper.
They’ll be sure to find a policy suited to your particular vehicle, needs and budget.
Campervan insurance policies arranged through Motorhome Protect can include the following benefits:
- Cover for camping personal effects up to £3,500
- Up to 6 months to complete a self-build conversion
- Unlimited mileage cover
- Discounts if you're a member of a campervan club
Call Motorhome Protect for a quick quote today.
Policy benefits, features and discounts offered may very between insurance schemes or cover selected and are subject to underwriting criteria. Information contained within this article is accurate at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.