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My Van Conversion

My Van Conversion Sofa Bed

By on 17th December 2016
van conversion sofa bed

van conversion sofa bed

 

The design for the sofa bed had come from multiple blogs I had been looking at over time. When I was first planning my van conversion I wanted the bed at the back of the van next to the double rear doors, unfortunately the van was not wide enough for my body to fully stretch out as I am over 6ft tall. I have built it lengths ways instead and I’m very happy with my decision.

 

DIY Van Conversion sofa bed dimensions

Bed Dimensions

 

Sofa Bed frame build

Before I could start the frame I needed to figure out the measurements, the length of the whole bed needed to be just longer than I am so my feet don’t hang off and the hight of the bed so my head won’t hit the ceiling when sitting down. To figure out the length I just layed down in the van and marked the floor with tape. To figure out the hight of the bed I just sat down on some objects inside the van until I found the correct hight I would be happy with between me and the ceiling.

The sofa/bed is built up of two sections. I started with the corner section first.

Van conversion sofa/bed

The bed frame corner section

 

Van conversion sofa/bed

Second section of sofa bed frame

 

Van Conversion Sofa Bed

Corner fixing on sofa bed

The two sofa bed frames are screwed together and then the whole frame is fixed to the floor and wall with screws.

 

Top hinged lid

To have access inside the sofa bed I built two hinged lids that easily lifts up and down. Inside the bed I plan to have my electrics, bedding and clothing.

Van conversion Sofa/bed

Corner section with hinged lid

 

Van conversion sofa/bed

Main section with hinged lid

The hinged lids are easily made with wooden slats and some simple hinges that screw to the sofa bed.

 

Pull out bed

Making the section of the bed that pulls out was the most difficult part. It took some time to get it moving smoothly in and out. I have read that bees wax will help it move more freely.

 

van conversion sofa/bed

The frame of the pull out bed

Once the Frame was made I just added some slats. The slats had to move between the others slats so I made sure I spaced them all out enough to run smoothly within each other.

 

van conversion sofa/bed

Wooden slats added to bed extension

 

Cladding

To Finnish off my sofa bed I put cladding all away around it and will stain it near the end of the whole van conversion build.

van conversion sofa bed

Sofa bed cladding

 

Back rest

I purposely left a space between the corner part of the sofa bed and the van so I could make a back rest in this gap. I cut the back rest all the same size and slotted them in the gap and screwed to the bed frame.

van conversion sofa/bed

Space for back rest

 

van conversion sofa/bed headrest

Installing the back rest between the gap

The back rest screws in to the bed frame.

van conversion sofa/bed backrest

Finished backrest

 

van conversion sofa/bed headrest

Support at top

Behind the back rest I added a strip of wood at the top for extra support and when the body weight sits back on the rest it will spread the weight along it.

 

Wheel arch Cover

I hated seeing the wheel arch underneath the bed so I built a box around it and filled it with insulation, this will keep my van warm and hopefully quieter while driving.

 

First I just made a simple frame around the wheel arch using small strips of wood.

wheel arch cover for van conversion sofa bed

frame built around the wheel arch

Then I cut ply to shape and screws it to the wooden frame around the wheel arch.

I filled the wheel arch cover with insulation.

wheel arch cover, van conversion ford transit

Ply screwed on to the frame

 

Once fully covered and filled with insulation I sanded it down nice and smooth.

wheel arch cover for van conversion sofa bed

Finished wheel arch cover

 

 


 

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