While some are full time RVers and others just enjoy the occasional get away, something many of us have in common (other than our love of RVs) is the need to take our work on the road with us. There is no denying that being productive can be challenging when you have limited space. That’s why it’s incredibly important to ensure you are using the space within your RV efficiently.
If you are reading this and thinking, ‘There’s no way I could fit a dedicated office space in my RV’, take a look at some of the ideas below and think again!
Clutter Free RV
The first step to creating the ultimate office space within your RV is to ensure that you have rid it of all clutter and unnecessary furniture. Think about it, do you REALLY need that extra chair or oversized storage cabinet? These changes can really open up your potential office space and make for not only a clutter free RV, but a clutter free mind too!
It’s really important to think about how individual items are contributing to your daily activities and whether they are essential to your RV. Are you constantly bumping your hip on the edge of a countertop, or stubbing your toe on a chair leg? These are things that not only affect the Feng Shui of both your living and working space but they also provide distractions and, in turn, a lack of focus in an office environment.
Maximize your space
Dual Purpose furniture is a fantastic way to make the most of your RV space. The need for your office furniture to be dual purpose really depends on the amount of time you intend to spend working. By all means, if you are going to be working everyday for 8 hours on the road, you may want something a little more permanent and even create a space solely dedicated to work. If you only find that you only need an office space occasionally, then consider a desk set up that allows you to pack or fold it away. For example, mounting your TV rather than having it floor standing or on a cabinet would then allow you to install a wall mounted drop leaf desk below.
Ofcourse, if you are enthusiastic about DIY, you should consider building some custom dual purpose furniture for your RV. Check out this video from “Mountain Modern Life” who created a TV lift cabinet with not only a pull out desk for working but also a fireplace!
Storage is ofcourse one of the most important factors to consider when creating the perfect office space in your RV. Unfortunately storage can commonly be something that RVs are lacking, in turn making a clutter free and perfectly organized office a tough thing to achieve. Depending on the nature of work, storage needs will vary, however there are many creative options for packing away those essential bits of stationary when you’re on the road. Don’t be afraid to take your storage vertical! Wire baskets like the ones pictured here can be a great way to rid your precious floor space of bulky draws and cabinets.
Wire Storage Basket
Regardless of whether you are creating an office space in a house, or RV, decor is an incredibly important aspect when it comes to creating a space that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also beneficial to your productivity and creativity.
Surprisingly there are a lot of aspects about our surroundings that can heavily impact the way we work without us even realising it. Color Psychology has been recognised and implemented in workplaces all over the world for many years. Exactly how color affects our moods and behaviour is still up for debate, however after extensive academic studies & research, we do know that it works! There are no set rules as to how color affects us, and what little rules there are vary greatly from person to person. For example, some may find that the color blue evokes a feeling of calm, while others find it creates a feeling of sadness. And it gets more complicated believe it or not! It also depends on the shade of said color. In this case, a dark shade of blue is more likely to cause the feeling of sadness than a lighter shade. The best thing to do is simply find what is right for you.
Here is a list of the most popular colors used in office environments. You should consider whether any of these choices, whether they be implemented with small accessories or bold wall colors, could fit in your RV.
- Red – Red is known to stimulate brain activity and increase likelihood of productivity. This is certainly a color best used minimally because overexposure can start to provoke feelings of anxiety.
- Blue/Green – These two colors have very similar properties. Both blue and green can create feelings of relaxation. Green is an effective color to use if your natural light is limited and can help to give your eyes a rest whilst working. Many studies have also shown that people are generally more productive in light blue rooms.
- Yellow – Known to simulate sunlight, the color yellow can make people feel happy. Similarly to red, it is important that yellow is not overused as it can cause eyestrain.
Plants really are the perfect accessory to any office space, whether that place is in your home, or your RV. Although houseplants are all the rage over recent years, they certainly bring more to the table than their aesthetic. The most obvious benefit to introducing plant life into your RV office is their ability to improve the air quality. According to this 2010 study conducted by the New University of Technology, Sydney, workers within office environments that had plants showed a significant reduction in tension, anxiety, fatigue, depression and anger. The researchers concluded “This study shows that just one plant per workspace can provide a very large lift to staff spirits, and so promote wellbeing and performance.”
Some of the best hard wearing, low maintenance houseplants that are best suited for RV life:
- Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra Elatior)
- Devils Ivy (Epipremnum Aureum)
- ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas)
Another great way to stay organized is to get yourself a cork or pin board. A small board like this, when attached to the wall or sitting on your desk, can be a perfect place to put any important notes and reminders.
Now that you have all of the decor and furniture figured out, it’s time to think about the finishing touches that are really going to make working from your RV as easy as possible. WiFi is one of those annoying things about being on the road. Fortunately most RVs these days come fully equipped with pretty much everything you could need. In addition to this the majority of RV parks will provide convenient and free WiFi. However, you may still want to purchase some additional pieces of kit. A great way to boost your WiFi connection, ensuring that you don’t miss any of those all important calls or emails, is to get yourself a WiFi booster that works with your cell phone signal and internet.
Lori Wilson is the founder of and author at Roomforinspo.com, a website about home design & decor as well as garden inspiration and hobby guides. Passionate about interior decor & gardening, in 2019 after renovating her own home, Lori decided to start a blog all about it in the hope that her passion and research could help others on their journey to creating their dream home and awesome RV Office Space.
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