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An exciting improvement

An end lounge with a very small kitchen but maintains 2 separate areas with 2 very comfortable sofas for lounging, converts into a king size bed, well sort of.

EPSON MFP imageA 150cm long bed is not sufficient but a couple of extensions will sort that out and leave just enough room for a porta potti (and a curtain).

Plenty of storage under the benches, just need some good ideas for the kitchen unit.



Initial sketch

I haven’t checked the measurement on this and I’m not sure it will fit into a 2.4M length but it allows for a large bed, kitchen and cupboards


Another cupboard could be added to the rear left hand side without intruding on rear access. I think there is potential here.

First steps

I will take this design process in two different ways and hopefully meet happily in the middle.

VW Campervan

Design 1, take the fully fitted Renault Trafic conversion that has all the features you could possible need and soften it. I think it’ll take a bit more than a few scatter cushions.

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Design 2, take a blank piece of paper and start from scratch.

It’s so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.

Paul Cezanne

A few initial ideas

  • A big comfy bed
  • Comfortable lounging seats
  • Space for two adults and one child
  • Fridge
  • Toilet
  • Sink
  • Hob
  • Storage
  • Room like not van like


To be continued….

Boring Boring Boring

The title is probably a little harsh but this is how I feel about the majority of campervan conversions. They are practical, functional, and sterile.

As an example here is my van

Side Kitchen Rock N Roll bed

I converted this myself, I designed everything and it is really nice. I like it, in fact I like it a lot. Unfortunately I do not love it.

So this is what this blog is about, designing a van with soul!