11 Smart Campervan Office Ideas to Work on the Road

Working from a campervan comes with its own set of challenges—from finding reliable internet and keeping your tech gear organized to setting up a workspace…

Working from a campervan comes with its own set of challenges—from finding reliable internet and keeping your tech gear organized to setting up a workspace that’s both comfortable and functional.

Whether you’re working a 9-5 job from the road or managing your own business, creating an efficient van office setup is crucial for staying productive.

Having lived and worked out of a campervan myself, I’ve picked up quite a few tips and tricks along the way to help you set up the perfect mobile office.

Ready to dive in? Let’s get started!

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1. Bed Mobile Office

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Depending on your circumstance, you might not want to or have the capabilities to create a dedicated office space. A camper van bed can double as a workspace with the addition of a simple laptop stand or desk.

Be sure to think through whether you can work productively from bed. I tend to fall asleep or get distracted easier when I try to work in bed!

2. Swivel Seat Mobile Office

Photo Credit: Brooke Alexander

A swivel-seat office is one of the best uses of space in a van. Depending on the build, you can utilize the driver’s seat or the passenger seat. The previous owner of my van built this flip-up table to pair with the swiveled driver’s seat.

Unfortunately, the swivel made the driver’s seat too tall for me to comfortably drive long distances so I would recommend factoring that into your plans for a van office and either using the passenger seat or investing in a lower profile swivel mount for your van seat.

3. Mobile Office Standing Workstation

Photo Credit: Brooke Alexander

A few months of van living made me realize I spent a lot of time sitting and would appreciate a standing desk. I purchased a folding tabletop desk that could be used in several places, though I most often set it on the kitchen counter area to create a standing desk.

The convenience is great because it’s right in front of my installed USB and DC outlets. Standing here creates an ergonomic posture as my arms are at a 90-degree angle when my hands rest on the countertop, and there is space under the laptop monitor to store notebooks, writing utensils, and most importantly, snacks! I like that the wood matches my interior, too.

4. Dinette Seating Area Office

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This mobile office van setup in a Mercedes Sprinter van is versatile because it has space for working alone or coworking. The storage benches pull double-duty as seats and the table is large enough for two.

The footrest is a nice touch since most van benches and seats are quite tall and can cause discomfort when your legs dangle for long periods.

Pro tip: build a storage box or put a folding stool under the desk to keep comfortable.

5. Bench Seating Mobile Office

Photo Credit: Brooke Alexander

Full disclosure: I renovated my van after 10 months on the road, once I had realized what I really wanted and needed. This is my final product which I love!

The large L-shaped storage benches and DIY swivel table make the perfect mobile office. There’s plenty of room for my pup to be close by while I’m working, too!

6. Pull-Out Table Mobile Office

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I love the simplicity of this office setup. A pull-out table on sliders is an excellent way to maximize space in a small area.

There is enough space for two monitors, but when work is over, the entire workspace can be stored away, out of sight.

A folding chair is a great addition because it can support a healthier posture than many other van seating options and can be tucked away in the garage storage space when not in use.

7. Fold-down Table Mobile Office

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This mobile office is super stylish and functional. The desk folds up and secures to the wall, protecting the monitor and creating a spacious living area after business hours. The chair can be folded up or used for additional seating for guests.

A nice view always helps my workflow, and this window provides the opportunity to connect to nature and admire your favorite campsite while you work.

8. Small Space Vehicle Mobile Office

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Wow! This is creativity at its best. Using the sunroof, this Honda Element is transformed into an indoor/outdoor office! Connecting to the outdoors helps this small workspace feel much larger and more open with tons of natural light.

9. Front Seat Mobile Office

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With limited space, a steering wheel office can be a game changer. This desktop is perfect for working on a laptop while gazing at the greenery both inside and outside.

Interior design touches like soft, textured fabrics, plants, and natural light make this bus office warm and inviting.

10. Outdoor Mobile Office

Photo Credit: @soerens.vanlife

This camper van offers multiple outdoor tables and office spaces. You can tell being outside and having the ability to move between meetings matter to this digital nomad.

11. Convertible Dinette Campervan Office

Photo Credit: Sierra Eberly

Some van lifers opt for a convertible dinette that folds down into a bed at night. This setup has its pros and cons: it provides a large workstation, but you have to make your bed every morning and every night. Here, writer Sierra Eberly is enjoying a desert view while working on her projects.

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Woman in a flannel standing in the doorway of a Sprinter van.
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