|Nice but unremarkable at best, horrendously inefficient at worst.|
I then cut down an IKEA Stuk shoe organizer to fit the available back-of-door space, which made a 3 x 3 pocket grid. I re-hemmed the edges that had to be cut.
I dismounted the door to do this work. First I had to scrape off the old mirror adhesive and determine my desired pocket position.
In order to prevent the screws from pulling on the nylon fabric as they were being inserted, I first tapped holes in the fabric of the Stuk using a nail.
Then very carefully, I used a soldering iron to melt the edges of the holes, so that the fibers would not get tangled up in the screws.
|Don't get over-zealous with the soldering iron. You'll melt the whole kit and caboodle.|
|Test scrap of the Stuk, so this lower edge is not sewn.|
This design works because the two shelves that I added to the closet are recessed. The closet as built by Airstream only had one shelf up high. That one was flush with the back of the closet door, but it could avoid it by setting the pockets below it.
Obviously not a lot of weight or bulk can be added to the door, but these pockets still hold a heck of a lot of stuff, including the following in this example photo:
- Two large dish towels
- Four wash cloths
- Six cotton napkins
- Sprinter owners manual and pens
- Half a dozen plastic laminated National Forest and National Park maps
- Trip log book and misc. computer supplies
- Luminoodle rope light
- Disposable barf bags (never had to use any yet, knock wood)
- Nylon grocery tote bags
- About 50 feet of paracord
- Aluminum foil
- Beer can coozies
That's a lot of stuff that was previously occupying other precious space!
And here's the hell of it - I actually prefer that original mirror being on the front of the closet, not the back. It bounces light around and breaks up the long narrow aisle of the van.
|Why didn't I think of this project sooner?!|