Bed-frame built and bolted down! We had our difference of opinions, but managed to agree on this simple frame with plywood over the top. pic.twitter.com/cbMGSDi3nu
— Jeff and Sarah (@DiveAndDriveUSA) September 18, 2017
Jeff and I faced our first major challenge on this build – formulating our thoughts into designs, and then somehow coming to agreements on how things should be made. I had been thinking about how this can be done for some time, since purchasing this van, but I don’t have the background in building to understand some foundational ideas, like how and where to bolt, support and structure and making sure the bed frame doesn’t cave in. So when it came to answering structural questions, it sounded like I was “winging it” which, I’m sure, was quite frustrating for Jeff as he was putting a lot of effort into building said frame.
This conversation became a frustrating one – as I had an idea, and Jeff also had his own. I drew mine out on paper after paper, but he wasn’t so sure it would be secure, sturdy or would fit properly for our van. We eventually came to a simple frame like this, with a big 3/4″ plywood sheet over the top, and screwed down. We bolted the legs to the seat tracks on the floor – and we looked good to go! We were worried it wouldn’t be strong enough to hold our weight, a mattress and a big hunk o plywood, but it looks good so far! We’ll see – stay tuned!