Even in tight quarters you can still have a dedicated space for work or roadschooling. A professional RV renovator shows us how.
Overwhelmed at the idea of setting up a workspace in your RV and looking for inspiration? We’ve got you covered with these eight ideas for creating your perfect home-on-wheels office space.
1. Create an On-The-Go Workspace
One of the great things about RV life is that you can live, and work, anywhere. Your workspace doesn’t have to be fancy. Create a dedicated bag for your office-on-the-go that has everything you need, like a wireless keyboard, mouse, portable monitor, notebook, pens, etc. This allows you to take advantage of all the beautiful places that you’re traveling to. The picnic table at your campsite, a playground, the top of a mountain, or the beach can all become your workspace.
2. Reimagine Your Dinette
Sometimes one needs a bit more than a picnic table for an office space. Dinettes are a useful area to create a flexible space—office in the daytime, dinner table at night. Have a dedicated place in your RV to store work supplies so it’s easier to convert between eating and working.
The dinette isn’t always the most efficient use of space for a mobile workspace. You can replace the dinette with a more official office area and desk, like full-time RVers do for their RV workspace.
3. Create a Custom Desk
Digital creators and RVers Keith and Raini created their RV office space by removing two recliners and adding cabinet boxes and prefabbed countertops that were cut to size. A similar custom desk could be installed in a less frequently used seating area (like a couch), on the back wall of a bunkroom, in a toy hauler, or as a replacement for a dinette. Almost any corner can be refitted for your workspace.
4. Make Your Rooms Multipurpose
If you don’t want to rip out a dinette or build a custom desk, you can repurpose the rooms you already have. A kitchen counter can become a fantastic standing desk. Turn your bed into a comfy production center, or use your couch as an office chair by simply adding in an adjustable laptop stand.
Combine a laptop stand with a mobile office bag and a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, and any location you want can become your workspace.
5. Use a Folding Work Station
If you want a dedicated work area but don’t have the space for it, a folding desk is a convenient solution. Digital nomads Jenn and Kendall created a beautiful bedroom and office flex space by installing a folding tabletop across from their bed. This allows them to optimize function while still keeping the space streamlined and airy.
RVer and realtor Erin makes great use of her family space with a folding desk used as a workspace for her girls. You can create something similar by turning the side of your island or an empty wall of your RV into an office space with folding shelf brackets and a slab of wood that’s cut to size.
If you want a folding workstation but don’t want to build anything, you can purchase a table that folds down into a sidebar with storage, like the ones from IKEA. If you like the concept of a folding workstation but want something that takes up less space, research mounted folding tables or folding wall desks.
6. Turn a Dresser Into a Desk
Since many primary RV bedrooms have a door, they’re a prime location for creating a more private mobile office space. Digital creators and full-time RVers Mark and Rachel removed the dresser in their bedroom and replaced it with a full office desk. Another option for a primary bedroom office is to keep the dresser and install a folding desk beside it.
7. Target the Mid-Bunk
If you’re shopping for an RV and a dedicated office space is a priority for you, a mid-bunk floor plan might be the best option. In this renovation, the mid-bunk was renovated to be the owner’s dedicated office space. The RV was fitted with a desk on one side, and then the couch was removed to make way for a wall-to-wall desk for multiple monitors, creating a space that’s bigger and more usable than many home offices in traditional homes.
8. Build a Toy Hauler Office
Mid-bunks aren’t the only floor plan option for turning an entire room into an office space. Because of their larger size and open concepts, toy hauler garages are useful for multiple purposes, including full-blown office spaces. RV renovator and designer Rachel turned her utilitarian toy hauler “toy box” into a stunning flex space that serves as the primary bedroom, office, and laundry room.