Building Your Own Campervan Furniture
It is possible to build your own VW campervan furniture if you have the time and the right DIY skills. You may also opt to build your own campervan furniture if you’re working with a small budget.
Selecting the right materials
There’s quite a bit of furniture pieces to construct inside a campervan: from the bed to the kitchen unit, the wardrobe to the cupboard doors, the drawers to the overhead lockers; and to the washroom partitions.
And they also together add some quite of weight to the van payload when finished, so it’s better to go light on the materials.
There are a variety of choices to pick from when it comes to materials to use for your campervan furniture, but for the major constructional pieces, it’s best to consider what is affordable, locally obtainable, and manageable for a non-professional furniture maker.
That’s why most experienced campervan converters go with lightweight plywood boards — which could come in the forms of ply based wood veneered boards, or boards that have a vinyl-like surface.
Plywood also works well for a DIY, limited-budget furniture building project because of its versatility. You can choose to paint it, cover it with a wall paper, carpet or vinyl. It can also be stained or varnished. Birch ply which, has a smooth, fine grain surface, in particular looks spectacular when stained or varnished.
Construction method and materials
Some DIYers prefer to do their furniture construction in the van, framing and partition wood inside the vehicle, then cover it in ply or fit the lightweight panels in the right places.
Others chose to work in some garage or shaded areas outside the van, constructing stand-alone furniture pieces and then bolting and screwing them together in the van. It all depends on what works best for you.
Another thing to consider is the construction methods of the furniture sections that would be finally assembled to gather. The options include using ply single sheet on softwood frame, using plain ply panels, going with hollow panels, or working with laminated panels.
Ensuring the plywood is quality and durable
You can buy ply wood of various sizes and thickness from the local DIY stores. These dealers would always tell you that their ply wood is of ‘exterior grade’ or are ‘WBP’ (Weather and Boil Proof).
They tell you so because they know if ply sheets get wet, even for once, they begin to delaminate (begin to come apart at the edge) and have internal voids that could destabilize the structural integrity.
And, course, when you use plywood sheets for your campervan floor, you simply cannot rule out the chance it will get wet as some point.
But don’t always take the store keeper’s words for it. Make sure to confirm their claims by checking for markings or stamps showing the ply wood’s source and its manufacturing specifications.
It’s always best to patronize trusted dealer who’s been long in the business; and check for quality and durability proof stamps. For example, the most preferred Spruce or Birch ply by builders have a ‘BB’ stamp and indicates the origin and specification.