This is the first iteration of my bed plan. After using it for about 6 weeks I have found a few areas for improvement. Mainly the hinges, the set holes in the side of van and aesthetics.
Goal: To have a queen sized bed that was able to easily fold out of the way for day use and lounging.
Here is the bed at full queen extension:
Great to sleep on. Plenty of room. Feels like a normal bed.
The problem is how far it intrudes into the ‘living room’ of a 144″ wheelbase Sprinter. I wanted more room for cooking, editing and just lounging about.
So the bed needed to fold.
I actually took inspiration from another Sprinter conversion, but modified it. The other conversion had the lower section of the bed fold UP. This blocked off the bed for day use and also blocked off all the light from rear windows or open doors. It seemed like it bottled the van up too.
So I made mine flip down. I also integrated the swing down section into the bench seat as the back rest.
Here is the bed with the mattress section removed and in ‘bolster pillow’ mode:
This is still the rough v.1.0 so there is very little finishing touches. I plan on padding & upholstering the swing down section so that its more comfortable and looks nice.
You can see the section of mattress covered and on the bed. When you’re just using the bed as a day bed or a place to read or nap, that big pillow is actually pretty nice to prop yourself up on.
The mattress is a 6″ memory foam mattress that I found on Amazon. I just took a turkey knife to it and cut off 19″. This 19″ piece was sewn into a temporary covering.
The fitted sheets stay on the main section of mattress at all times. When the bed is made up for full sleep mode all thats necessary is to take the sheets that are folded underneath the main section and wrap the smaller section. The fitted sheets pull the two pieces of mattress together and it feels and looks like 1 piece. We could not feel any separation in the bed during use.
Here it is with the section folded down:
This gives us an extra 19″ of free space. And in a 144 thats huge!
Note the cheapo hinges I used from main bed to folding section. These will need to be replaced by through-bolted heavy duty hinges. They rattle right now.
Here is the underside of the bed:
I just used a spring loaded trailer bolt connected to the folding section of bed frame and then cut a hole in the van to match the bolt. I reinforced the hole with a section of aluminum plate and JB welded/screwed it into place.
Here’s a better angle. While the spring loaded bolt works great and doesnt make any noise, the hole I made needs to be cleaned up. It looks rough:
See what I mean? Yuk. This holds the bed with 2 adults on it no problem, but it looks awful. Need to think of a way to pretty it up.
And thats it for now. Like I said, I plan on re-iterating on several small problem areas, but after an extended trial cruise this idea has worked out great. Time to convert bed from day use to sleep mode is ~1 minute. There is also very limited monkeying around with sheets/bedding since most of the bed stays fully made up all the time.
ok, back to work on the galley now.