Seems a waste to not use that space to it's maximum, as a small trailer, storage is at a bit of a premium, and we basically don't use the under dinette space at all now, just because it's too hard to get at it!
Adding a drawer/etc. will significantly cut down on the storage available there. I just keep stuff in there that I don't need frequent access to and just remove the cushions. It's not that hard and takes less than about 30 sec to remove the cushions and raise the seat. I did make a support to hold the seat up when accessing that area.
My trailer had cabinet doors on the ends of the dinette seats to access the storage. It was very awkward for us to get to. I built drawers and used the cabinet doors for drawer facings. I took off the hinges and relocated the pulls.
That is a great job and you have still maximized the storage and have I have to admit probably lost little storage space doing it like you did. However, it looks like the amount of drawer exposed is slightly less than 1/2 of the depth of the dinette seat. How do you get to the stuff not exposed when the drawer is pulled out.
That would definitely be an option to minimize any loss of storage capacity.
Anyway I guess I will stick with removing the cushions and raising the seat.
Thanks for all the nice comments! I made the drawers, I had to put 1 x 4's in the dinette space to build out the sides, to match the opening. The width for mounting the slides is critical, I had to shim the 1 x 4's to get the right spacing for the full length, as nothing in my trailer is exact. I got 24"-100lb slides at a big box hardware. The drawers are about 30"deep. I have a little space beyond the drawers for things not often used. I'll post a picture with the cushion off and the drawer closed later.
thanks again, brooks
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