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All the details of the van conversion

 all-the-details

OK not ALL the details. I’m gonna liken this post to that kitchen draw where you just throw all those batteries, screws and paperclips in. Maybe you can get some ideas…

Bookshelf

You cant have a book shelf in a van, they will all fall off. Whoever said that was right, but it didn’t stop me.

bookshelf
I made this out of leftover 3.6mm ply from the kitchen cupboards. I used PU adhesive and wooden blocks to hold it together. Rope is put across the front when driving.

Fold down table

I made this from the scrap wood pile. I fixed the rope to the wall using builders strap. Its nice and solid and folds up out of the way easily.

fold-down-table

A seat

apple-crate-seat
Crate seat for the fold down table above. This is has hundreds of uses – maybe I’ll do a special post on all the different ways a crate can be used

Holding things down

I used hooks and rope to keep things in their place whilst driving.

chest-of-draws

I glued down any loose panels of wood that clatter around a lot when driving. The chest of draws sits right above he wheel arch so layered some bitumen flashing on the underside of the draws to reduce the drumming sound.

stop-rattling-with-glue

Kitchen hooks

The hooks attached themselves to some rope in my big box of parts so I decided it was a good idea for hanging stuff off, like hacksaws and spatulas.

kitchen-hooks-rope

A plant

I tried a real plant but things became humid rather quickly so I bought a fake one.  I think I’ll have to leave the real plants for the roof garden.
ivy-plant

Safety stuff

Otherwise some people seem to get annoyed.

van-safety
Carbon monoxide alarm with digital readout, smoke alarm, fire blanket, powder extinguisher

Cab curtain

The cab curtain should serve two main purposes; privacy and insulation – or at least stopping drafts

van-cab-curtain
Picked up this fabric from Dunelm – Matt spotted it. Nice innit

fabric-punch-and-crimper-tool

punch-hole

fabric-crimping
The fabric was quite thin, it needed packing with some thicker cotton to give the eyelet something to bite onto
fabric-eyelet
Congratulations you are through to the next level!

Back door curtains

I was going to use blinds at first but decided they would flap about too much and not fit right up against the window. Here is a much cheaper solution using fabric and magnets.

canvas-curtains
I cut some fabric out and stuck a magnet in each corner.
neodymium-magnet
I used a hot glue-gun at first but it was not strong enough. PU adhesive holds the magnets no problem
roll-up-curtain
The great thing about using fabric and magnets is that it is much more versatile than curtains or blinds as well as being able to completely remove them.

Sofa throw

I was reusing some old caravan cushions which are really comfy but look crap. A nice throw will sort that out.

honeycomb-sofa-bed-throw
big heavy throw to cover the horrible caravan cushions

Doormat of course

I bought a coir doormat and cut it in half. I put one side on the side door entrance and the other half at the rear doors. It seemed to fit exactly – just by chance (again).

doormat-in-van

Window shutter

Again, I was going to fit a blind here but the idea of a simple shutter came to me in a dream.

runners-for-window-shutter
I made the runners for the window shutter out of leftover cladding (using the groove edge)

Vent shutter

I made this shutter for the roof vent out of spare plywood
I made this shutter for the roof vent out of spare plywood. Same idea as the side window shutter

Some extra security

Pretty pointless really. The main reason I fitted these bolt locks is because the door would not fit flush and looked a bit precarious. Smash the window if you want to get in… innit

securing-van

Miscellaneous

towel-holder
I put two of these under the shelves
fridge
I attached some rope to the fridge door to make it easier to open since it is a bit difficult to get fingers under the catch
back-of-shower
I painted the back of the shower with chalkboard paint, mainly for fun. I attached hooks for storing things

There’s probably a lot more to add to this but the page is getting really hefty now. I may do a version 2 at some point

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