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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. Check out our ultimate guide to converting your campervan for some more tips on van conversions. 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.

A campervan interior with a pale green colour scheme

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!


Hanging hacks

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.

A hanging plant with leaves dangling below it

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.

Cahirs and a table set-up outside of a campervan at night

Double duty

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?


Size matters

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.

A vacuum cleaner cleaning a piece of carpet

Back-up Generator

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

Call Motorhome Protect for a quick quote today.

Policy benefits and features 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.


Frequently asked questions

Transforming your campervan into a cosy retreat can be achieved with a few simple touches. Start by adding soft lighting such as fairy lights or LED candles that can create a warm and inviting ambiance. Textiles like fluffy rugs, cushions, and throws also go a long way in adding comfort and warmth to your mobile space. Don't forget to add personal touches like family photos or your favourite artwork to make it feel more like home. Lastly, keep your motorhome clutter-free by using smart storage solutions. This will not only make it look tidy but also create more room for relaxation.

Preparing your campervan for a long trip can be an exciting venture. Start by inspecting the vehicle thoroughly; check the tyres, engine, and the overall condition of the van. Ensure the campervan is serviced to prevent any mechanical hitches during your journey. Next, plan your storage wisely. Organize your space so that everything fits and is easily accessible. Lastly, ensure you have enough provisions including food and water, and a plan for restocking along the way. With proper planning, your campervan trip can be a memorable adventure.

Adding solar panels to your campervan can be a fantastic way to maintain a sustainable and efficient power source while on the road. It allows you to harness the sun's energy, providing power for your appliances, lights, and even heating. Not only does it reduce reliance on the grid, but it also offers the freedom to travel off-grid.

Maximising space in your motorhome can feel like a challenging task, but with a few clever campervan storage hacks, your motorhome can be transformed into a roomy haven. Van life hacks such as installing multifunctional furniture that serves more than one purpose such as a bed that also functions as a dining table. Opt for collapsible kitchenware and invest in effective storage solutions such as hanging organisers or under-the-bed storage boxes. Don't forget to declutter regularly - only keep what's necessary.