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Hidden Space: Building a Drawer for our 5th Wheel

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Hidden Space: Building a Drawer for our 5th Wheel

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1535842548313{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]We’ve found a lot of hidden, unused space in our 5th wheel and thought we’d make good use of it. We’ve slowly been adding more storage in the nooks where it’s available. Today I’m gonna share our process for building out a drawer to fit under our oven. Below is the before photo of our kitchen![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”9453″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1536762994110{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

Tools Needed to Assemble

1. Drill

2. Finishing Nail Gun

3. Small Screws

4. Wood glue

5. Paint or stain of Choice

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Materials Needed

1. The front is a 3/4 inch piece of wood, cut to 21 inches wide & 11.5 inches tall.

2. The drawer itself is made with 1/2 inch pieces of plywood (or your wood of choice). The sides are 17.5 inches, and the back piece is 19 inches. The front piece is 18 inches. The bottom is composed of 1/4 inch plywood.

Below is what the pieces look like before assembling. Note the groove system we used to put the pieces together.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”9460″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1536764390977{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]We added a small amount of wood glue & fit the pieces of plywood together like a puzzle. Use finishing nails to secure it in place after the wood glue dries. We used small screws to attach the drawer front to the front of the drawer.

We painted it a navy blue to match the rest of our kitchen & bought matching hardware that you can find nearly anywhere. Follow the instructions for attaching your drawer slides to the drawer as well as fitting it into place (we used a piece of scrap wood above the floor on some 2 x 2 pieces of wood to attach the slides onto).

And there you have it! Below are a few photos of the finished drawer. We still plan on doing some touch-up painting & cleaning up near the floor (I’ll be honest, we had to move in before I could completely finish everything I wanted).  But we are loving our finished product & extra storage.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][mk_gallery images=”9475,9473,9481″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1536764149138{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Has anyone else done mods to their kitchen and have fallen in love? Want more makeover ideas for your RV? Read our article all about how to make your outdated table modern. More to come on the other upgrades we’ve made soon![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


I'm a Midwest girl born and raised, with a heart for adventure & all things travel-related. I love my husband and my golden retriever, and you'll hear about both of them in my blog posts! You'll typically find me with a coffee in hand, reading (or writing), & day-dreaming about our next trip.

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