Your table makes campervan life functional so getting creative with campervan table ideas is essential for a fuss free adventure. It’s there for serving up nurturing fare that brings comfort and sustenance. It’s there as a focal point for meeting friends and whipping out the cards. It’s there for resting down the wine at the end of a day’s touring. It’s a space to work for the digital nomad. In short, campervan tables become the heart of the van; the place where van life happens.
As such, we’ve got a bursting list of ingenious campervan table ideas to help you get exactly what you need from your table. When space is at a premium, you need a table that just works. What will be right for you will be wrong for another, so get creative, think about your style of van living, and draw on our inspiration to create your own.
Your table is super-important, but there are times when you may want to shift it out of the way. Also, if you’ve got kids then how close the table needs to be to be comfortable (and prevent spills!) will be different from where you want it when kicking back with a beer. And let’s not forget the campervan shuffle, with some jiggery-pokery to move around when everyone is on board and the rain is pounding down outside.
This is when a swing table is a perfect solution. Often they lift in and out (so they aren’t permanently there, if you don’t want them). In position, they can swing to the side, and that allows the table to effectively change position with ease.
Really popular amongst campervan tables at the moment is the slide out design. Amongst campervan table ideas, this one is much-loved for two reasons. Firstly, the table is there when you need it and away when it’s not, so never taking up space unnecessarily. Secondly, it makes for a really sturdy and solid design, perfect for dining without plates and glasses slipping and sliding.
Very similar, but without the additional leg support, a draw-style table brings similar benefits. Bear in mind that this is only really suitable for smaller tables and when the table won’t be expected to take too much weight. But it’s great because it is compact and looks fabulous too.
This particular camper is available to hire from Quirky Campers. Sometimes it can be useful to hire a van and see what works for you.
Camper life is all about versatility. You only really need secure cupboard doors when the van is on the move – when you won’t be using a table anyway. You can make use of this by doubling up the door’s function. Make it a fold-down table or desk. Instant table and easy access to your stuff. Use magnets to get it to stay shut without fixings that will end up in the way of desk work.
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This design tends to come in two types: the permanently fixed and one that slots in when you need it (and usually stored under the bench or down the side). These campervan tables are always a popular design because they give a large table space in the centre of the van.
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A great idea from Cambee brings you an occasional table. It won’t be your main table, but, frankly, you can never have too much table space and useful surface when you’re at camp. This table folds up from the side of a standalone unit. Those who use a modular design with moveable units may find this the perfect inspiration for what they need.
Ok, so we’re cheating a little bit, but with mighty good reason. Van space is at a premium, and sometimes the easiest and most versatile table solution is to have a free standing camp table that can be removed from the van entirely, and set up alongside. You’ll be able to fit many more people around it, with more space, whilst leaving space in the van. Those sloppy eaters and drink spillers can be themselves, and it’s just sometimes easier. Don’t overlook the most obvious solution!
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Anything in a campervan that does more than one job gets a gazillion votes. And that’s what you get with table beds. By day you have bench seats and a table, ideal for van living, by night, the table lowers and forms the platform for the extended mattress area. Job done, everyone’s a winner.
There’s a lot to be said for the standing desk. We humans were never designed to sit on our backsides for hours on end. Chances are if you’re a digital nomad, you’re not too keen on the idea of being rooted to your derriere all the time. You can create a popular and ergonomically spot-on standing desk by using space at the back of your van.
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Oh we just love this extra table at the back of this van designed to make open-air relaxing a breeze. This table enables van life at its best; the creature comforts of your van and a wide open view to the elements. It folds away easily when not in use, and doesn’t take up any space.
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If you’ve got room there’s only one way to create a spacious and solid table: make it a permanent fixture. It doesn’t work in all vans, but if you do have space, a fixed table will definitely be the sturdy, reliable heart of the van. It remains popular amongst campervan table ideas because it’s the simplest and toughest of the options.
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If you’ve dedicated a chunk of your van to worktop space, then it’s time to get creative. You can use your worktop for more than chopping a lime and some mint for your mojito. Use a drawer tray underneath, or think about your design innovatively, and your worktop can double up as table space.
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Last, but by no means least, don’t forget to pack up a tray table. A tray table is perfect amongst campervan tables because it turns your sleeping area into an extra table space. You can’t beat waking up in the camper and being served fresh croissants and coffee by your adoring other half, and a tray table makes that easy. It’s perfect for a game of cards with a willing opponent too.
Campervan tables are just one way in which to customise your van. Remember if you do a campervan conversion, you’ll want to make sure your hard work and beloved interior is protected. Look for dedicated campervan conversion insurance.