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Fold out trash can cabinet in an RV
Fold out trash can cabinet in an RV
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How to Build a Trash Can Cabinet for Your RV

Project
Remodel
Room
Kitchen
Skill Level
Beginner

Are you struggling with finding a good place to put your trash can in your RV? It turns out most RV’s have a void of space below the sink, allowing for the perfect area to add a trash can enclosure. This void is ideal for hiding that ugly and smelly trash can yet be very functional. Learn how to build a trash can cabinet by following easy step-by-step instructions.

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Tools/Supplies

Here is a list of tools/supplies that will be needed during the build. Don’t have a specific item? Click the link below to purchase it!

Cut list

To get the cut list with dimensions and in depth step-by-step instructions, download the PDF plans.

Instructions

1
Step

Find a good location for the trash can cabinet

Many RV’s have a similar kitchen layout, typically including a void of space below the kitchen sink. Some RV’s may have a false panel or drawers to the left or right of the sink. That’s the ideal space to add the trash can cabinet. So, remove the false panel or drawers and get the dimensions of the opening.

2
Step

Build the tray that holds the trash can

Follow the step-by-step instructions in the DIY plans to get the exact measurements for the tray and assembly instructions. The plans are customized fit a 7-gallon Rubbermaid trash can.

wood glue on plywood
Brad nail plywood together
RV trash can cabinet tray
3
Step

Build or buy a cabinet door

There are many ways to build a cabinet door. However, I include steps to make the most straightforward cabinet door in my DIY plans. If you’re looking for an even easier solution, you can purchase a cabinet door for the space instead. Acme Cabinet Doors has inexpensive MDF doors that are customizable to any size.

To get the door size, take the opening dimensions and add 1″ to the width and 1″ to the height. This will allow the door to overhang the rough opening by a 1/2″ on all sides.

For painting tips, see my blog post here for the steps to paint the cabinet door properly.

4
Step

Assemble and install the trash can cabinet

The final step is to assemble all the pieces.

  1. Attach the cabinet door to the tray
  2. Add the hinges and cabinet pull
  3. Insert the trash can cabinet into the opening and attach the hinges to the frame
  4. Finally, install the magnetic latch and the stop block

Once all the build steps are complete, you’ll have a more functional solution for your trash!

RV trash can door with hinges
RV trash can cabinet plans

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