Van conversions are an awesome choice to go for! However, it is not as simple as it may seem. When it comes to actually choosing what will be done to both the interior and exterior, you may need a bit of assistance. And if that is exactly what you are looking for, then you have come to the right place!
Van Conversion Storage
As the space in a van is limited, useful storage is definitely a must. There are multiple different creative ways you can choose from when it comes to finding suitable storage options. But to help you along the way, we have brought together some of the best storage ideas.
When it comes to such a small space, you should certainly take advantage of pop-up hinges & any hidden shelving. Things such as spring loaded hinges can be extremely helpful. They also give a lot of extra table space and are sturdy enough to cook food on! You should also make use of things such as bungee cords or magnets to keep your things tied down. One of the last things you will want, is numerous items going all over the place in the van. The doors are another option for storage as you can hang a few items on them such as tools or bags.
Even though the doors may be thin, often you can still use them to hang items like travel bags or tools.
You can also double up on purpose. By this, we mean that you can use things such as a seat could also be used as a trash can.
Another thing that you might find in your van are some tight corners. However, you shouldn’t let this space go to waste. Things such as little containers will most likely fit perfectly.
Adding things such as a table or even a desk, can be a massive waste of space. So before you go and add a table, you should definitely ask yourself if you do actually need a table in your van. If this is something you were considering but no longer are, a really good alternative are portable tables.
If you like adventures in the mud, you will most certainly want to avoid tripping over your dirty boots (or anything else). This is definitely something a lot of people tend to forget about, leaving them becoming quite annoyed. We recommend that any loose items should have a specific area sectioned off to avoid any incidents occurring.
Heavy duty drawer sliders can also add plenty of organisation space. Things such as bikes can be stored inside the van.
Van Conversion Bed Ideas
Where you are going to be sleeping, is definitely something that will be at the top of your checklist. Whether it’s a permanent fixture or something with a little more flexibility that you are looking for, we have you covered!
If you are choosing to look at other ideas by other van owners online, it is important to keep in mind the layout of your van. It would be very disappointing if you found a bed design you really liked, but you can’t have it due to the layout of your van.
There are two main types of bed designs that people have in their vans. The first being the platform bed, and the other being the convertible bed.
The platform bed is one of the most standard bed designs available to you. Platform beds have one dedicated bed space and will stay in a fixed position. Many people prefer this bed as it doesn’t require any assembling. You will find that with most fixed position beds, there will be quite a lot of room for storage underneath. Things such as clothes, bikes, water, or any other equipment can be placed in this space. However, one of the disadvantages to having fixed position beds is that they do not leave a lot of room for seating.
The other option you can go for are convertible beds. These fold up when they’re not being used to leave room for seating or any large adventure equipment. Convertible beds are very convenient if you need a comfortable workspace, or if you want to entertain quite a few people in your van. However there is a downside to the convertible beds, which is that they do take some time to put together.
Van Conversion Decals
Van decals are a cheaper & quicker alternative to full van wraps. They are usually designed with the body work colour of the van in mind, rather than covering the whole of the bodywork like a van wrap.
Van Conversion Essentials
When in your van, there are certainly things you will want to add to ensure your experience is the best it can be.
The first thing you will want to consider is how much you would like to insulate your van. To help with this, we suggest that you take into account your location and the climate.
There are multiple different ways you can heat your van, and which one you choose widely depends on your preferred choice of fuel as well as your budget. Electric heaters aren’t always the best choice as they are not very efficient. You will also need a lot of battery power to run an electric heater in a van.
For food, it is possible to only use dry & tinned food. However, it is very likely that you will have certain things that need to stay cool in your van. When it comes to water, things such as a freshwater tank are available for you to add to your van. Having enough water for your trip is very important, especially if you are planning to go somewhere that is very secluded.
Electricity is an essential part of your van conversion. You will most certainly need some form of lighting in your van, and very likely need to use electricity to run your refrigerator or charge your electronic devices.
A good night’s sleep is very essential to your health and wellbeing. The amount of people that you will be travelling with, and the space available in your chosen van will dictate your sleeping arrangements.
A comfortable mattress may be a good idea, especially after a long day of driving or exploring. However, you may also be just as comfortable sleeping on an air bed or even some camping mats.
When in your van, you won’t have all the comforts of a home like warm showers and an endless supply of water. But, you will need a way to wash yourself and go to the toilet. A lot of people tend to purchase a portable toilet, which are extremely useful in a van, or composting or cassette toilets
For a shower, you could use a solar camp shower, where you heat the water using the sun, or a powered 12V shower, which is essentially a 12V pump with a shower head that runs off your van’s batteries. I have both; I use the camp shower to warm up the water, and the 12V shower to shower with decent pressure.
Since your van will be like your very own home on wheels, you’ll need to consider safety and security just like you would at home. Your personal safety, and the security of your van and all of your belongings should be taken very seriously. Some people like to fit a GPS tracker which can alert you via text message if your van has been stolen. You can also fit deadlocks on to your doors, making it more difficult for thieves to break in. Putting all your valuables away in a hidden safe or taking them out with you, will also help prevent them from being stolen.
For personal safety, there are a few pieces of equipment you will definitely want to invest in. A smoke and carbon monoxide alarm should be fitted to your van. A fire extinguisher is also an essential item to have in your van. Another good item to have near your cooking area is a fire blanket. The ventilation in your van is also essential for your safety, especially if you do have any gas appliances in your van.
Do It Yourself!
You can certainly achieve a van conversion yourself. Of course it isn’t as simple and easy as it may sound, but it is most definitely attainable. However before you start, it is important to keep in mind that completing a van conversion yourself is a very time consuming task.
You will find that a lot of people tend to convert their own van in order to save quite a fair bit of money, as your budget will definitely dictate all the decisions you make. But, if you already have your own vehicle, converting your van will be a lot cheaper & easier. However if you do not have your own van, there is no need to worry as there are loads of different places where you can purchase one brand new or second hand).
Before you start to convert your van, it is important to make sure you: have everything you need e.g. tools, know exactly what it is you are doing to avoid any mistakes,and have a budget. With these 3 things, your van conversion will be a lot simpler. You can also take a look at all the different videos that are available on Youtube to help you along the way.
Obviously van conversion companies are a safer bet if you are not 100% sure that you will be able to complete it yourself. However, it is best to get quite a few quotes so you can get your money’s worth.
Here at Wildworx we offer a range of different items you can include in your van conversion. Whether you are doing the conversion yourself or having a professional company complete instead, we have you covered! Buy your Van Conversion Parts and Accessories here. You can also take a look at our social media accounts on instagram & facebook (facebook - wildworx / instagram - wildworx_vans)
It is time to get started!
You are all set and ready to go. With all the information that has been provided, your journey to a van conversion will be much easier. We hope to see you one day here at Wildworx sometime in the future. If you do have any questions regarding your van conversion, please do not hesitate to contact us at 01527 359 022 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org