Some time has passed since I shared the “The Beginning- Vanwander Life,” in which I discussed the first part of the renovation process to building my home on four wheels. Since then, I have been living in the van for about a month, and I can say that my decision to start my new adventure is undoubtedly not regretted. Turning an ordinary looking camper van into something warm and homey is entirely the miracle in my opinion as well as the ability to stay sane in such a small space.
The furnishing process of the van was one of the best parts in my opinion, as it is similar to furnishing your first home. It was a blank slate, but every single square inch was essential to utilize. The bed is the cornerstone in regards to space and needed to be done correctly, so I got to researching. After inspecting all the informative articles I could find, I decided to build my own. Made from solid wood, I managed to do this project in a day’s time and in conclusion it was substantial and sturdy. With no instructions, I am surprisingly proud that I was able to build this. All I used was some common sense and an exceptional amount of coffee. Oh, not to mention my insane attention to detail and patience.
The next step was to find a mattress that would fit on this bed. However, it was a 5% chance that I could see a standard mattress to fit this bed. I hopped on Amazon, searched, and read countless reviews on 20 different mattresses to decide on what mattress would be most comfortable for this van. I decided to go with the Best Price Mattress 10-Inch Memory Foam Mattress, Queen. I was quite impressed with the quality of the price of the bed. The mattress ended up being cut to 66″ by 48″ which is smaller than the queen size. I have no complaints about this mattress, I would recommend it for any bed. After the bed was complete, then it was a matter of finding storage that would go underneath the bed. From a previous trip to Habitat for Humanity, we had a cabinet that we refurbished to be a kitchen sink and counter. See the pictures below of the transformation.
A little love, a little paint, an acacia salad bowl from Target and you have a kitchen. After the bed and the cabinet, there was a space to the left of the kitchen cabinet that could be filled with something else. I took a trip to Ross and found a beautiful leather ottoman seat that had storage underneath and some other unnecessary home items that I found (happens every time). However, the seat was very nonfunctional storage-wise after about a day, so I decided to build another cabinet which would serve as a pantry.
Now in simpler words, I will FINALLY reveal the finished product. Due to some recent events, it has delayed this post, and I am so excited to share my home with you all finally. It took day and night to complete it in such a short amount of time, but looking back I learned valuable lessons with the build and skills that I acquired along the way. I worked through sickness, school, and work and luckily had my best friend to help me with this project. It was amazing to see this van transform into our future home.
As you can see, this is my finished home on four wheels. I have to admit; it is not the perfect van build like some you may see on Instagram. My carpentry skills are not that polished. However, I did strive to achieve reasonable goals that I accomplished. I can assure you that pictures do not do this justice and in person, it is quite a comfortable cave. It has everything a person needs to survive. A kitchen, comfortable bed, clothes, a bathroom (it’s hidden, where could it be?), food, and a few extra luxuries. It serves it’s purpose and allows my SO and I to have a more adventurous life with the world as our backyard.
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Until next time,