Build a Bed in the Back of Your Van

So you've got a road trip planned, maybe you're even headed to Burning Man like we were, and you want to make the most of the space in your vehicle.Building a raised platform in the back of your van (or truck) will let you make the most of your storage space and also give you a comfortable place to sleep when you don't want to bother with setting up a tent or finding a motel.The first thing you need for a road trip is a good vehicle. We used Bertha, our 2000 Ford E-150 van - a somewhat reliable automobile.We decided to keep one bench seat (so she could still carry up to 5 people) and remove the last row of seats to give us more room for the bed.Measure the space you have available in the vehicle for the bed and make careful notes about any obstructions including the wheel wells, seat mounting brackets, etc.If you already have storage bins, measure their height and width. You really don't want to build the raised bed and then find out your stuff won't fit under it!Buy the lumber that you'll need (according to your plan). You can ask the hardware store to cut it for you.If you don't have a pile of screws at home, purchase them as well. You'll want to use screws and not nails to make taking the whole thing apart easier after your trip is over.Start with the risers first. Layout one of the long 2x4s, the top plate, and attach the shorter 2x4s for the studs and jack studs (see Plan). You can reinforce the middle section by doubling up the 2x4s. Repeat for the second riser.Attach the bottom to the two risers. With a jigsaw, cut out holes for brackets or other obstructions. If you have measured properly these holes will not only let the bottom fit in your van but will also prevent the bed from sliding around. Keep in mind when you are cutting the holes that the bottom is upside down.Flip the bottom over and slide it into the vehicle. You may need to tilt it to fit it through the doors.Attach evenly spaced joists to the risers.Trim the top with a jigsaw, if necessary to avoid speakers or other obstructions, then screw the top to the cross bars.

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Are you making your own?, my son-in-law did that, the same as it sounds like you want, it worked out Great. Good Luck.1. How can i make a nice platform bed for cheap?Get up early on Saturday morning and go to garage sales. Every thing you need is there and cheap, a bed your looking for $20 maybe a little more, I have found some really nice things. As time goes buy and you can afford what you want, recycle and have your own sale!2. What kind of wood is the best and most inexpensive to use for building a platform bed for a california king?Pine or Douglass Fir3. I am working on a platform bed? Where can I buy oversize plywood? At least 60"X80"?if you have a good lumber yard nearby, you can special order there,99 ....they are called 'blows' if all else fails for you, purchase, 2 sheets of 1 1/8" T & G 4'x8' and glue & clamp them together and saw to desired dimensions.4. Does anyone here have a platform bed?My best friend has one and they hurt their shins. 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The next picture will show what I mean! The headboard and footboard assembled. Pretty basic, right? Then, attach the bed rail hooks on each 4 x 4 leg. I attached mine 2-1/2 from the top and as close to the inside edge that I could, in order to leave room for the side rail. Oh my goodness! These are non-mortise bed rail hooks! I struggled with the mortise bed rail hooks I used on our King Size Farmhouse Bed so I was pretty stoked to find these bed rail hooks! Now it was time to attach the bed slat supports. To do this, I laid the 2 x 4 on the inside of the 2 x 10 side rail and placed my 2 x 2 on top so I would know where to attach the 2 x 4. We want the mattress to sit right on top of this platform bed. I used Kreg Clamps and 2-1/2 Deck Plus Screws to attach the bed slat supports. This part was a bit tricky. The bed rail hooks needed to be lined up just right so the bed rail would sit flush with the headboard and footboard. I laid the footboard and headboard on the ground with the hooks attached. Then, I had my husband hold the side rails up against it, where I wanted it to be, and marked the screw holes. I am glad I did it this way because the hooks sit back a bit on the bed rail in order to sit flush. I would not have known that if I had only measured the correct height. The bed rails were pretty easy to attach and it was all flush ... enough! I used Homemade Stain for my Twin Bed. After the bed was stained, I took it apart, laid the pieces on sawhorses, and finished each piece with a coat of wax. I then attached a caster wheel to each leg. After the wax was dry, I took the bed pieces into the guest room and reassembled it. This is where you would measure the inside dimension of your bed so you can cut your bed slats the proper width. I placed the bed slats and side rail blocks where they needed to go. 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