How I built a bed in my car in 3 simple steps (+video)

31 October 2016

How I built a bed in my car in 3 simple steps (+video)

August 24, 2015

We just bought a car, and as soon as it was officially 'mine' I started building a bed. Roadtrips for dayzzzzzz!

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As a kid you could find me in the basement of my dad building all sorts of things, I loved it. And still do. So I need to thank my best matey for teaching me all I need to know, use tools and do things the right way, Dad you're a legend!

It all started with putting the image in my head on paper. Figuring out the correct dimensions and material. That looked like this:

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It took a while to get all the dimensions right of my car. That included trunk + back seats folded. Take your time because you will find yourself missing certain angles that are important to the final outcome.

TIPS BEFORE STARTING:

 Let's do this!

STEP 1: THE BOX

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The BOX touching left and right against the wheel arche

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TIPS:

Your BOX is almost done, let's finish it off! 

STEP 2: THE TOP DECK

DSC065201.JPGI choose my storage on the right to be wider (behind the 2 seater that folds)

storage.jpgSee how the back is open and you can store long items under your bed

DSC065222.JPGTop deck not reaching the end so that the back part is free

TIPS:

 STEP 3: EXTENSION DECK

11914173_961366597219438_1443387528_n1.jpgThe extension deck is wider, it will rest on the box & on the back of the seats

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level_bed.jpgThe extension deck is NOT level with the box (left), so I added a piece of wood to lift up the end that rests on the back seats (right)

pinlock.jpgPin locking the extension deck with the BOX

11903351_961366557219442_1768620040_n.jpgWhen you store everything in your trunk it looks like this

TIPS:

DSC06569.JPG When the extension deck is stored it falls into place on top of the BOX

DSC06571.JPGHow the extension deck rests on the BOX when in use

EXTRA:

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Less than 30sec set-up, watch the video below!

 

I USED:

Total average costs (material + gear): AUD$200-250 / €130-160

Hope this helps getting you started or gives you some inspiration. If you have any questions about this sleeping platform feel free to ask me anything: larszeekaf@gmail.com 

Happy camping-road-sunset-coastal-nationalparks-beach-surf trips!

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