My First Cupboard
Storage is very important in any van conversion build. When I head off on my travels around Europe I want to be able to take plenty of items with me such as clothes, kitchen items, laptop, outdoors equipment and much more. My van is not massive inside so I have to think of ideas to maximise storage.
At the end of my bed had about 500mm gap between the bed and the rear door, this is a great place to have a storage cupboard. The cupboard was pretty easy to build except the door… I hated making and installing the door.
Stage 1: The Frame
The cupboard is built off the end of my bed and is as wide as I can make it.
The frame is fixed to the floor, bed walls and ceiling with screws.
Stage 2: Shelves
Inside the cupboard I wanted multiple shelves but I didn’t know what heights I needed them as I don’t know what I will be putting inside it yet.
So I came up with the idea of having different choices of heights to always suit my needs. This was simply built by screwing small strips of wood 250mm height apart from each other and the ply shelve would then pull in and out on whatever height needed.
Stage 3: Cladding
The whole cupboard is cladded and will be stained at some point in the build. I will do this to all my furniture I make.
I was not too bothered about getting it a perfect fit at the top as I will put some type of trim on.
Stage 4: Door
Now all I need to do Is make a door. I struggled for ideas on how to make it and what type of design. I just didn’t what it to look like the cladding.
I really hated making this door, not because it was hard or tricky but because either I was having a bad day or it was Cursed… Probably just a bad day. I remade this cupboard 3 times because I kept making it wrong, cutting or measure wrong and it breaking. I did manage to actually make it EVENTUALLY.
First I measured the cupboard for the door, length and width, then took away 6mm from the original measurement, this is so the door will be smaller than the cupboard and would leave 3mm each side for movement of the door.
Once the frame was screwed together I put a trim of wood in the middle of the door so the middle section of the door would have something to fix to.
Ply is then cut to shape and slotted in the middle of the door and glued on to the wood trim.
That is how I build my first cupboard. I have used up space at the end of the bed to maximise storage and the cupboard can change shelve heights. PERFECT.
Later in the build I think I will add a tv on the side of it and a fuse box inside for future ideas.
Thanks for reading. Any questions or different ideas you may have for storage then please let me know. Thanks
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