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Van Life #3: Temporary Bed Platform

Alright, moving forward with the van project. I feel I want a murphy bed for my van, but how do I really know until I do it, right? What is easier and cheaper is building a temporary platform and going from there. So this is what I set out to do.

As a hobby, I build furniture and with that, a Kreg pocket hole system is used. To easily make sure this was 90 degrees, I decided to go with pocket holes. The joints to support are just screwed together with regular wood screws.

Using my front porch as a temporary workbench
Using the Kreg system makes it pretty easy to make sure your stuff is screwed together @ 90

I thought this would be an easy process until I realized I had built it higher than I wanted due to the wheel wall and a 2×4.

Before cutting the 2×4 with the jigsaw

So I busted out the jigsaw and cut to accommodate. It isn’t perfect, and I would like a bit more headroom when I sit, but this will do for now since this is not a permanent system. At least I don’t think it is!

Once “completed”

I am using two mats that are used in my PE classes. They fold up and together they equal about 4″ of foam. Again, all this is temporary. But I do really like the idea that I can fold my bed and make cushions to sit in the van when not using them as a bed.

I can see the advantage of this….creating storage underneath. This has my wheels turning in how to make this space as practical as possible. I have to remember, I have two dogs, both who love to crawl under things to sleep, so this could be something that I only partially close in if I decide I want something fixed as opposed to a murphy bed. The options are really limitless.

A place for those smelly kayak shoes!

Ahh, the experiments that go into that #vanlife!

Next up, curtains.


I started kayaking in Wisconsin of all places, because this is where I am from. I then moved to San Diego and took on kayak surfing along with heading to the Kern River when water was available. I then made the move to Asheville, NC and have been hooked on this sport since my Wisconsin days. With whatever it is that you do, do it because you love it, not because society tells you should or for other outside factors. Don't simply exist, live!