Tips for your RV Kitchen Makeover

Traveling in an RV is a great way to vacation with all the conveniences of home accompanying you on your journey. There is nothing like being able to cruise down the highway with a full kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom at your disposal, and it can make road trips so much more convenient. Adding homey touches to your RV can make your vacations in it that much more personalized and enjoyable. There are so many potential projects you could consider, and your kitchen is a great place to start. 

If you like to cook, then optimizing your RV’s tiny kitchen for both functional and aesthetic purposes should be right up your alley. Even if cooking is not your forte, you may enjoy spending more time in your tiny kitchen if it’s set up for frequent use in a way that makes sense. After all, cooking meals in your RV is a great way to save money on vacation. Follow these tips to spruce up your kitchen for better looks and usage.

1. Install a backsplash

This is a more involved task and requires a bit of upfront time commitment, but the results are so worth it. Besides the most obvious benefit of creating easy cleanup for cooking messes, it also adds a more homey element to RV kitchens. Potential backsplash options are so vast and can include a huge variety of potential shapes and sizes. If you are wanting to install a backsplash in your RV’s kitchen, you must first decide between peel-and-stick and ceramic.

Peel-and-stick backsplashes are lighter, less expensive and easier to install than ceramic, making them a more popular choice among RVers. However, ceramic often mimics the look of a kitchen you would find in a traditional home and is also a popular choice. If you are considering a peel-and-stick backsplash, be sure to find one that is heat-resistant and specific to kitchens to avoid fire hazards and potential peeling issues in the future. For ceramic tile backsplashes, you will want to use grout and mortar meant for high-impact areas to ensure your hard work stays intact when you are driving down the road.

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2. Redo the countertops

Redoing your kitchen’s countertops is another more detailed project that yields excellent results. There are so many potential options, including peel-and-stick, special types of paint, epoxy, and even options that you would normally only find in a traditional home, such as butcher block and quartz. There are pros and cons to all of these choices, but each is sure to look lovely and add beautiful, homey vibes to your RV kitchen. Be sure to do your proper research on each of these options to decide which is best for you before you begin this project.

3. Add decorations

Decorating is a fairly easy task that can make a big difference in your kitchen. Simple wall hangings or decals can look cute and add personality to your space. Even basic items like hand towels, pot holders, a spice rack, cutting boards, salt and pepper grinders, and hanging mugs can make your kitchen feel much more welcoming. There is no shortage of things you can add or try out to give your kitchen some flair. Remember to coordinate your kitchen decorations with the rest of the RV for a space that flows seamlessly from one area to the next.

4. Organize your cabinets and drawers

This is a project that can make your small kitchen so much more functional and enjoyable to use. Whether you are a full-timer, a part-timer, or a weekender, you should organize your RV’s kitchen to fully maximize the space. Traveling in an RV doesn’t mean you need to be messy and disorganized, and having a cramped and cluttered kitchen will make you less likely to want to cook. 

Consider using real dishes instead of paper and plastic. If your plates, bowls, and cups are stacked neatly, they are unlikely to fall out of the cabinets when you open them after driving. In addition, organize your silverware in a silverware organizer, and put your cooking utensils and tools in a separate drawer. Place canned and dry goods neatly in another cabinet or drawer, and try to organize them by type. Consider an organization method for your spices as well, as this can help to optimize your space and make them easier to find. The neater your small kitchen is, the easier it will be for you to prepare meals that your whole family will enjoy.

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5. Keep it simple

Finally, remember above all else to keep decor and functional items simple in the kitchen. Don’t overdo it with too many decorations or hanging items, as this can make everything look cluttered and messy. Keep in mind that less is more in a small space, and you never want to have so much on your counters that it takes away from your already-limited cooking and preparation space. If you are feeling lost, pick a theme, stick with it, and limit yourself to three decorative items maximum to keep your space clean and minimal.

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These five tips can go a long way in making your RV’s kitchen more enjoyable to use. Preparing snacks and meals in your RV can be just as fun and easy as preparing them in your traditional home. Utilize colors and items that make you happy, and organize your kitchen items for best overall results. Follow these tips and tricks for an RV kitchen that will have you cooking fun camping meals in no time.

Have you decorated your RV’s kitchen? What tips would you add? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Not sure what meals to prepare in your RV? Check out this related post for tons of meal ideas for your next trip.

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  1. Sam Leash
    24th March, 2021

    Hi Betty! I believe this may be true in some parks. I have a 2007 model, and I’ve only been turned away once in almost five years of travel. As long as the RV is in good condition, it generally won’t be an issue. Hope this helps! 🙂

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  2. Betty
    15th March, 2021

    Hi Sam so if I had an 2003 rv in a great shape and remodeled I read they might not let me park on an rv park cuz will be considered to old than 10years?? Is this true?? Thank you for your answer…love to read your posts on here 😊

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