One of the most difficult and significant decisions to make while converting your van is how to plan and build your storage space. It is undoubtedly beneficial to conduct a type of analysis in which you analyze your overall space requirements.
Consider the following:
“What exactly do I need space for, and how much do I need?”
Be it the clichéd shoe cabinet, a need for designer headgear, or a larger closet for taller individuals. But it’s not just your clothing that impact how much storage space you require; there are other elements as well…
Those who enjoy reading (the old-fashioned kind, not eBooks) require book storage space. Those who enjoy drinking tea and wish to pack all of the variations available may require more tea storage. Outdoor activities such as surfing or diving may also require some storage space.
Whatever it is, you will require storage, and the only question that remains is how much. That is exactly what you must determine. We all know it’s not that simple. We’ve all packed our suitcases for a trip only to learn that we brought far more than we needed. However, if you address the issue of storage early on, you can significantly lessen the likelihood of needing to deal with space issues.
The most difficult difficulties in mobile home development are storage space and making the most use of every square inch. The challenge is to design all of the necessary furniture and equipment, which can only be accomplished by providing enough storage space for the user. As a result, it is the highest discipline of self-conversion.
When you’re putting together your van, you’ll realize you have much too many items. To obtain a visual sense of how much things you actually have, we recommend arranging everything you want to have in your van in one big area.
Our buddies took all of their kitchen goods and measured each pot/pan/plate to ensure that the cabinets fit perfectly. You’ll want to give every of your possessions a “home,” whether it’s a hook, cupboard, or drawer.
Consider the specifics of how you will use your space–where would you store your laptop while it is not in use? Where are you going to charge your phone? How much storage space does this piece of furniture enable, and how much storage space might it obstruct?
Compare the various ideas you’ve considered and decide on the greatest combination of function, design, and storage capacity for your campervan. It’s amazing how much room you can create if you pay attention and question everything!
Cabinets and Van Shelves
You’ll almost certainly need to design your own storage divisions, whether they’re shelves or cabinets. Here are a few of excellent videos that demonstrate how to effectively construct your own storage.
Cabinets at the top
When constructing top cabinets above your bed, provide enough space for you to sit erect in your bed without hitting your head on the cabinets.
Top Cabinets What you will require:
Cabinet Latch with a Push Button
Screws in various sizes
Corner Bracket 5 Inch
Corner Braces 2 1/2 Inches
Corner Bracket, 2″
You will require the following items:
Screws in various sizes
Tip: Depending on how your van is configured, and if you intend to store heavier items on your shelves, you may need to utilize additional support, such as L brackets.
Storage under the Bed
Ideally, you should use the majority of the area beneath your bed for storage. This is amazing property. You may really optimize this region for storage space depending on the type and configuration of your bed. Pull-out drawers can be used under your bed; in fact, many van lifers create pull-out kitchens under their beds. In our Kitchen and Bed Chapters, we discuss the various ways to build your interior to maximize space.
Remember to bring your bedding. If your bed is intended to serve multiple functions during the day and night, such as a living room, kitchen, and office at different times of the day, you will also want to store your pillows, comforter, and cushions, if relevant. And this is frequently inconvenient. So keep it in mind as you plan your storage and interior design.
It is also necessary to consider shelf doors and flaps. Typically, your storage space will be hidden behind a door or flap. Depending on the amount of space available, a standard door may not be the ideal answer for you. If you want to be able to access a storage compartment at any time, installing a sliding door rather than a hinged door can be quite smart. Open shelves are a really wonderful solution to receiving storage space without sealing it with doors or flaps for a more open sense of space. Of course, the most important thing is to keep things from falling out. However, there is a clever solution for open shelves. Our pals have secured their open shelves with elastics stretched at 1.5 inch intervals from top to bottom. So you can take items from the shelf by pushing the elastics aside, but these items are secure and will not fall out while driving. The elastics come in a variety of colors and diameters and are a relatively inexpensive alternative. So you get a lovely design at a low cost and plenty of storage space in your Campervan.
Van Storage Add-Ons
Roof Top Cargo Bag with Waterproof – This rooftop carrier has a capacity of 15 cubic feet and is designed to suit all roof racks. Keep in mind that having roof storage may be problematic if you use solar panels.
Fruit and Veggie Hammock – A fruit/veggie hammock is a camper van essential. They’re extremely useful and stylish!
Wall Coat Rack – You’ll want easy access to a jacket, hand towel, or anything else you use on a daily basis. There are numerous innovative methods to hang your items, but if you want to keep it simple, opt with a simple coat track.
Hanging Shoe Organizer – This does not have to be used for shoes. We propose cutting bits of the shoe organizer to place in different areas of your van because it is quite huge.
A hanging basket can be used to hold almost anything, including wet dishes. However, to preserve space, we recommend drying your dishes by hand.
Suspension Ceiling Hooks – If you have something long and oddly shaped, like a surfboard, we recommend using bungee cords or a stout rope in conjunction with these ceiling hooks.