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Camper Van Bed Direction

Lay Down Sideways Sleeping?

Our sideways sleeping prototype works for our 6’2” Bill which would save space along the sides for other essentials like most other van camper builds do, but is that what we do just because others have tried it out first and think it is the best option? It doesn’t quite feel like enough stretching space and we don’t want to climb over each other to get in and out of bed. It warmed up to 19 degrees for us while working. Snug as a bug with our heater.

To Be – Laying Down Sideways to Sleep East/West

Not To Be – Laying Down Sideways to Sleep East/West

Crawling over each other. More room to put storage cubbies that double as extra counter top and end table area for your bed-side table space.

Sleeping north/south allows for space behind the wainscoting, backrest for the cubby storage
Sleeping north/south allows for space behind the wainscoting, backrest for the cubby storage

Sleeping north/south allows for space behind the wainscoting and the bench backrest for cubby storage on both sides of the van. These are large enough to hold all of our bedding for a typical camping season. In the late Fall or Winter months, we usually bring along an extra blanket or two, including an electric blanket which we store above in one of the cloth baskets we use. The other cubby storage box fits all of our winter window covers that are thick for added insulation. An additional bonus to having these storage cubbies is that we have built lids made of wood that we stained the same color as the counter tops, extending the table top work surface to place a drink or notebook or working space when cooking. Taking this space still gives us a queen-sized bed minus an inch or so.

The working lid on the cubby blanket box and the right side shows the insulated window covers
The working lid on the cubby blanket box and the right side shows the insulated window covers

Camper Van Bed As Good As Home North/South

I Want You and Me to Sleep Like I’m in my bed at home

Camper Van Bed Back Bench

Having a bed with a motorized lift was cool, but not practical. The middle of the road motor we chose for cost takes sooooo long to get in place. The back rest eventually will block the window view we put in and then we don’t have the back entrance as an option to get in and out of, gives us limited seating, is not as suitable to pass things through as easily and just feels more closed in.

Cool Camper Van Motorized Bed

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