Build A Simple Homemade Camper Kitchen
Need Ideas To Build A Homemade Camper Kitchen?
It’s really not that difficult, especially if you keep it really simple.
Lemme take you through the evolution of the kitchenette in my homemade truck camper (pictured above).
First Version – Do I Really Even Need A “Kitchen”?
When I first started day-camping in my truck camper — (At the end of “Construction Day 2”, at which point I had the entire cabin done except for the roof, so I was using a tarp) — the inside was still empty, because I wanted to spend time camping in it to figure out how I wanted to use the space. So for the first number of days, my “kitchen” was just a box with a board set on it and a Home Depot bucket full of water. Since there wasn’t yet a roof, ventilation wasn’t an issue, so I simply set up my portable backpacking stove — a butane/propane canister with a burner attachment — on the table and cooked that way, sitting on a cushion on the floor. I washed up using the bucket. Easy enough and worked great!
Second Version – OK, I Need Ventilation!
Once the roof was on after “Construction Day 3″, I decided it would be good to make sure I had more ventilation, so I cut a round hole in the wall and installed a 6” DC fan from a dead computer tower, which I ran off of a little 3aH 12V project battery. To make sure I was venting the cooking fumes outside, I made a little removable “range hood” out of a few pieces of aluminum flashing, and I installed a little platform under the vent, where I set my little cook stove. In that version there was no real “kitchen counter” to speak of, but I since I never really use counters to prepare food anyway it wasn’t a big deal. The key thing was just to have ventilation. Again, it worked great.
Third Version – A Real Kitchenette
The only “plan” all along was to wait until I had thoroughly felt out my living space and figured out exactly what I needed. I built the first real version of an actual “kitchenette” literally on a whim, using leftover boards. It’s essentially nothing more than a shelf with holes cut for stove burners and a sink basin. There was really no “thinking” involved — I simply found a board that was about the right size for a counter and found a way to turn it into a shelf by supporting it on arms screwed into the vertical wall studs. After a few days I decided the first 12″ board wasn’t deep enough, so unscrewed it and traded it for an 18″ board. (Version 3 is pictured in the feature photo at the top of the post.)
And that quickly slapped together version (with tedious "granite" paint job) has been serving me well ever since, now a year later, without much modification other than installing a cigarette lighter outlet in front. (Click below to read more about how I constructed the add-on parts.)