Thoughts about the bed…

Oh, there is so much to consider when building out a van.  To save floor space, I was planning to construct two comb-like pieces to slide in and out for expansion.  Upon further consideration, I realized it would be a pain to construct, it would make it more difficult to install the desired flooring, and I would have to keep moving it in and out to use it.  Storage would be hindered. 

Like most classic vandwellers, I have decided to go with a simple box made as strong and heavy as possible.  The lid will hinge up to allow for storage access but the hinge will run longitudinally down the center.   The back portion of the lid will hinge upward and be secured so the whole assembly will be a little couch.  I plan to build it at a comfortable height of 15 inches or so for sitting in, similar to a daybed.  The storage area will include compartments for socks and underwear, pants, and a small food and toiletries area. 

I am anticipating that the bed mattress will be approximately 34 inches wide and a nice 75 inches long.  This is subject to change, of course.

Immediately across from the bed will be the kitchenette.  If I can pull off a 34 inch bed and a 14″ kitchenette, that will leave about two feet of room between everything… Just enough for a big guy like me to pass through.  I feel relieved because the whole process will be more simple now.

At the foot of the bed there will be about 3.5 to 4 feet of open space.  I anticipate building a little table for my computer and for eating meals.

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

2 Responses to Thoughts about the bed…

  1. texascom says:

    In addition to researching all the kinds of mattresses/pads/cushions available, I’ve also considered a futon. They have the advantage of folding from a couch to a bed, but with the very limited floor space a minivan like mine has available, it would be too wide to allow much room for a kitchenette on the opposite side. The cheaper futons available now have a much better mattress than one I slept on at home for a few years but I doubt that they are very durable. It’s tempting though.

  2. Bradford says:

    Awesome. I kind of wish I’d gone that route. My wood bed with homemade mattress was so uncomfortable that I had to use an airbed. I never got the couch idea to work out either. There were so many great ideas but a person never truly knows how it will work until when in combat, so to speak. I agree – futon cushions are quite comfortable. 🙂