Four Van Storage Ideas for Campervan Conversions
Keeping your van clear of clutter is of the utmost importance. Van lifers are already pressed for space, and though downsizing is key to ensuring your van life goes smoothly, the essentials you choose to keep must have designated storage. Flarespace & friends have a set of van storage solutions to keep your adventure van neat & organized while staying movable and hassle-free. Van shelving & cabinetry can be bulky and add weight to your vehicle build, and you can’t always count on DIY van storage solutions – but don’t fret! We’ve rounded up five of our favorite products, that deliver the reliability of a storage system without all the added inconveniences. Check them out below!
Hanging Bag System as an Alternative to Van Cabinetry
New in our shop, we added Van Wife’s Soft Bags to our repertoire of van life accessories, and it’s easy to see why these are the market’s best alternatives to van cabinetry. This dynamic van storage kit functions like van cabinetry but is fully collapsible, easy to assemble, and lightweight! Coming in at just 12” wide, this hanging van storage features three claims to fame:
- Designed to steadily hang from standard L tracks or J channels.
- Ventilation openings in the front keep your belongings fresh.
- Main closure can be opened completely for use as a catch-all van storage bin.
We took these for a spin and tested them out for ourselves, and surprise surprise – they’re fantastic – so, we added them and their 18” and 24” counterparts to the Flarespace shop! These hanging storage bags are the ultimate alternative to van shelving systems. Check out Van Wife’s Hanging Soft Bags below.
Create a Van Floorplan to Optimize Storage
After downsizing your belongings to the simple necessities, you’ll still have limited storage space in your adventure van. Figuring out how to fit your outdoor gear in your van is already a task and a half; then, you need to figure out where to store your on-the-road essentials while ensuring you’ll still have enough room for yourself to actually move around in your van. Yes, this sounds like a massive undertaking, but thanks to Flarespace’s Ultimate Bundle, maximizing your van’s floorplan is easy to do & cost-effective!
Our van conversion bundle includes:
- A set of Flares to expand the width of your van.
- Trim Rings to finish the Flare’s sills.
- Our Flyweight Bed System. Complete with a fitted mattress, pillows, and custom bedding.
How will your Bundle purchase optimize van storage, you ask? Well, once installed, you’ll have one of the roomiest van layouts on the market. More room in your van equals more storage space. Everybody say: “Thank you, Flarespace!”
Small Van Storage Solutions for a Big Impact
Looking for simple & cost-efficient van storage accessories? You came to the right article! Flarespace is keen on creating van builds that have the perfect balance of form and function. There’s no use in overbuilding your van if it’s going to underperform. And keeping things simple is great and all, but if minimalism goes too far, you’ll be riding around in a cargo van. So, to help you find the storage solution with the best cost-to-impact ratio, we’d like to introduce you to two of our favorite small van organizers made right here, in the USA, by one of Flarespace’s Colorado neighbors – Tourig!
Visor Extender & Van Organizer
Whether you need to store your phone, pens, or other small essentials close to the wheel, this small extendable sun visor sleeve offers van lifers with a durable storage solution made of mold/mildew-resistant fabric! Coming in in at just under 16” wide, this organizer is subtle, compatible with popular van models, and is equipped with two covered van storage compartments and one catch-all expandable pocket.
Mounted Van Cup Holder
Customize your van to fit your routine – No matter if you’re sipping on an extra-large iced coffee or a small can of your favorite seltzer, your beverage of choice stays upright & secure with this mounted cup holder! We know what you’re wondering, and the answer is yes – like all of the products we endorse, Tourigs Canteen Cache is lightweight but durable, easy-to-install, and water-resistant. And best of all, it’s designed to lay flat against the wall when not in use.
Improve Van Ventilation & Increase Van Storage
Finding the perfect storage solutions for your van are a universal challenge all van owners experience. We get it – you need space-saving, lightweight van organizers that will keep your belongings safe & sound while you’re out on the road. But what does ‘safe & sound’ encompass? Like we mentioned in our previous blog around Common Van Build Challenges + Solutions, mold & rust are a van build’s worst enemy. But how does ventilation relate to van storage? Well, if you’re storing all your belongings in a compartment that traps moisture – your storage solution will quickly backfire. And the easiest solution is to improve the airflow in your vehicle! Our Rear Window Vent is a low-tech, high-value vent system that includes two sliding windows with a bug mesh, and it’s compatible with All Mercedes Sprinter models from 2019 & up. Oh, and how could we forget – Flarespace’s rear window vents also come with interior covers that have not one but THREE built-in storage pockets on each side. This means more van storage with the added bonus of mold/mildew prevention for the interiors of your van. Ahh, yes… Nothing like ending the article on a good twofer!