Most projects we start stem from problems or annoyances we experience while living in our RV. Whenever we say ”I hate” or “I wish”, the brainstorm part of our brain comes alive and we focus on how we can fix the issue or make it better.
This week we updated our bedroom closet with a more functional layout and a built-in a nightstand with charging capabilities.
RV closet space is obviously small, but the setup in our RV was inefficient and didn’t maximize clothing storage. The original setup was a single rod across the top. We were initially happy to have a hanging closet and while we hung some clothes and stored some baskets in the bottom, in the end the closet was wasted unusable space.
Another issue was the closet side of the bed had no nightstand. This was super annoying. I didn’t have anywhere to put my glasses, charge my cell phone, or have a drink while laying in bed. There is a nightstand on the opposite side of the bed with an a single outlet, but that's obviously not convenient for me and charging devices back there was a pain.
So we redesigned it. We built 3 big shelves for storage and left a small rod for hanging jackets. We also borrowed some closet space to make a night stand cubby.
This project was easy and cheap, it cost less than $50 in material including all the charging outlets and wiring.
Nightstand Cubby with a Charging Station
5. Level and secure the box.
Put the box back in the hole and level the box by placing legs under the cubby to level it. To secure the cubby, I screwed 3 2.5 inch screws through the cubby and legs and down into the floor of the closet. This box isn’t going anywhere.
New Closet Layout
2. Plan cut list.
We had 3 shelves and a vertical divider and all the shelf supports which came out to ¾ of a 8 x 4 piece of plywood
3. Buy material.
We used a sheet of ½ inch sanded plywood because it was one of the cheapest options and 1 inch drywall screws and 2 inch drywall screws
4. Cut out pieces from your cut list.
We used a table saw to make our cuts but you can easily use a circular saw.
By: Kevin Quiambao