First, measure your van,
Then, create that comfy bed!

Build Camper Bed

What I did

The first thing I did was building boxes for around the wheelwell. I wanted to do that first because I thought it would be the easiest plus if it isn’t the most beautiful box you won’t see it much anyway. A good strategy to learn!

My van has a depth of 1,60m which meant I could not build the bed sideways, so lengthway it was.  I wanted a fixed bed to create as much garage space under the bed as possible, however I did not want to use all my van surface. My solution was to go for a partial pull out bed =

1,20m x 1,00m fixed bed + 0,70m x 1,00m pull out bed + 0,50m x 1,00 fixed bench.

Build Camper Bed
Build Camper Bed
Build Camper Bed
Build Camper Bed
Build Camper Bed
Build Camper Bed
Build Camper Bed

Tips

  1. Youtube video by Mel’s Van Life. I’ve watched many videos and this is definitely the best out there. His explanations are very detailed and easy to understand.
  2. Josh Oakes maxed out micro camper van also had a cool way to create a pull out bed

What I've learned

It is going to take some time. I had never built anything in my life, so I still had to learn everything. Learning by doing and taking each step at the time. My mom had bought a jigsaw, luckily that was easy to learn. However, the most minor issues I hadn’t even thought about came up. But slowly we were getting there. The first day the frame took us a whole day! After that, it took us less and less time. It is fun and you feel accomplished after finishing a project like this!

You will make a mistake. I made a couple of mistakes and that is to be expected. Fortunately, they were minor and it didn’t matter too much. You just have to do it again or work around it.