Due to all of the stuff happening in the world the last 3 months, I had to resort to sleeping on either the straight floor of my van or on a blow-up mattress which honestly the former was more comfortable.
in March I had taken out all of the seating inside frames etc. And well my beautiful van dwelling people, I have finally made progress!
I got a hold of a friend with a table saw, a couple of jigs, some clamps and fancy drills and what we created… Okay what he created and I helped with… Is this beautiful thing before you
We used 2 sheets of SANDE plywood.
We measured the base between the wheel wells, which was 47 in. We measured the top part for the bed top from side to side and that’s 51 in.
The bed width measures 31 and 1/2 in. Only slightly thinner than a twin. It leaves enough Gap by the windows so I can still use that ledge to hold things like flashlights and my phone and also allows for the wind to circulate through the windows at night which is very important right now
There are three uprights measuring the width of the bed, 32 in and 25 and 1/2 in tall. now the cheapo Walmart weave drawers that I have measure exactly 24 inches high. So that gives these a little bit of wiggle room on top so just in case there’s some slouching it’s not going to crush the drawers.
In the middle of the bed there’s another bracer running the whole length, which allows 15 in of space to reach from the front and from the back. On one side there is an 8 in gap on the floor so if I have any long poles or extra folding chairs I can slide them in and be able to use the whole length of the van.
Now I’m a personal organizer by trade. please don’t judge me for my clutter right now is all got put together last night and I haven’t had a chance to go through everything. Because I do a lot of things for my clients pick up purchased items, personal shopping, I’m taking things to recycling or consignment, I needed that versatility in here.
The entire bed frame can be removed and lifted by just me, the plastic drawers are also easy to move if I need to. I can slide it towards the front so I can use it as a table when I have company over we’re eating or playing board games. I can slide it back so I have more space in the belly of the beast.
Because it is heavy and sturdy I was not concerned about attaching it to the floor of the van. I’ve not added any new holes to the van. And even without a mattress pad on it yet it was quite comfortable to sleep on I have quite a few pillows.
I want to thank everybody on here over the last year who has given me advice and ideas and suggestions that helped me put this together. I could not have done that without the love and support this community.
so happy travels and I will post pictures once it’s finally pretty and ready for pictures LOL