Wait. What?! Store things on the CEILING of my RV? What could possibly go up there?! Well, it’s true. Your RV’s ceiling has plenty of storage space. Read on to discover where… and how.
First, a few tips…
Before purchasing supplies always check to see that your ceiling storage solution isn’t going to become a “head thumper.” Even the very best ceiling storage trick isn’t good if it impedes people’s movements within the RV.
Use a stud finder to ensure that you are fastening into a secure spot in the ceiling and walls near the ceiling. After all, you don’t want everything to suddenly fall on your head!
Be careful about weight and weight distribution. Balance the load and do not overload your ceiling storage solution.
Above bunks. Attach cargo netting to the ceiling over your RV’s bunk beds. Kiddos can store clothes, toiletry bags, toys, and more inside the netting.
Toy hauler garage. The ceiling of your RV toy hauler is another great place for cargo netting storage. Use it to keep motorcycle jackets, boots, and other gear up, up, and away.
Above sofa. Ceiling storage works especially well in areas where folks do not normally stand. Cargo netting above your RV sofa can hold extra linens and pillows until they are needed. Or use the nets to contain magazines, maps, and RV owner’s manuals.
RV basement. Attach cargo netting to the ceiling of your RV’s basement. It can help hold picnic tablecloths, tarps, or outside mats, and more.
Living room storage. If you have unused space near your RV ceiling, consider making narrow bookshelves in that space. Angle iron brackets will hold simple boards in place. Shelving only 5½ inches wide will hold CDs, paperback books, tchotchkes, and small framed pictures.
Lofts. RV lofts are the perfect place for shelving positioned near the ceiling. First, measure the height of your toy or craft storage boxes. Build shelves about an inch below the measurement to allow for easy access.
Closet ceilings. Place the shelving near the ceiling inside your RV closet or cabinet. A narrow shelf can keep shoes out of your way yet visible and accessible when you need them.
Entrance door. The space above your RV entrance door is usually wide open. That makes it a great opportunity for shelving storage. Be sure to measure the height of items or containers you want to place there. Then attach shelves about an inch below that measurement. Hats, gloves, umbrellas, and more can be stashed above the door until needed.
Sport equipment storage. Install a rack like this to the ceiling of your basement storage space. Use it to hold skis, snowboards, boogie boards, tennis rackets, and other sports equipment.
RV systems containers. If you use the popular black and yellow storage containers to contain your water, sewer, or electrical hoses, you may want to affix this bracket system or one like it to the ceiling of your RV’s basement. The bins easily slide on and off the rack and will keep the floor of your basement storage area open for other equipment.
Do you use ceiling space for extra storage? Share your ideas and tips for doing so in the comments below.