E250 Conversion Van 2009 Temp build - bed

I ran out of time to get a cargo van and start from scratch. School starts on Aug 29 and I will have to be there 4 days a week to get granddaughter on the bus. So need the van to live in on those days.

I bought a 2009 Ford E250 conversion van and took out the rear seat it had no storage. I want to put a full size bed or close to it, width wise. I know It is NOT the full size bed dimensions I have to work with, so this is a measure and cut as I go. There is carpeting already and have to build around wheel wells and there is electrical and I don’t have time to tear out and redo it and the ceiling ugh!

4x4 take up a lot of room, do you use 2x4 for frame?
I’ve seen 2x2 and firing strips, but is that strong enough for full bed with one or even two people on top it?
I can’t attach to the wall so this is free standing and I will use screws in case I need to take apart, And I want to have room underneath for storage but also dealing with window ledges, yikes. Crate is for dimensions 18 inches tall.

I have bed slates from ikea to go on top.



The quick cheat that many people use is to use a Hollywood type bed frame, take off the wheels, and extend the legs to the height you want using PVC pipe.

Hollywood type bed frame:


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