My 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The back rest screws in to the bed frame.
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.
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.
Once fully covered and filled with insulation I sanded it down nice and smooth.
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