Small on the outside, large on the inside.
A perfectly reasonable, request to give a caravan designer.
Do you want all areas of the van to be functional at all times?
Need more bench space?
Want more wardrobe hanging space when you are not bush camping and living in jeans and T tops?
Need more storage for food?
My DIY Caravan Interior Remodel.
I have experimented over several trips and finally created an interior design that suits me perfectly.
The most important thing I always start with when setting up my caravan interior, is the bed. It must have a comfortable.
I dislike wasted space in a caravan and Reg and I exit the bed over the end of the bed, not via the sides, so the narrow space on my side of the bed is rarely used to stand up in. This is the passage way to the ensuite shower and toilet and even with one portable clothes hanging rack in there I can still access the ensuite via the side of the bed. Putting this isle space to use, I have added two small portable low height clothes hanging racks that fit perfectly into this space and gives me a huge amount of hanging space for my clothing. I would prefer full functioning usable space than open walkways that are rarely used.
Then I removed the existing fold down wardrobe off the wall, putting it flat on its back on one of the bench seats we do not use and it provides great new storage space plus extra bench top. I never liked sitting in a bench seat anyhow so I carry and use a folding comfortable office chair at the open end of the table when I sit for meals or to play cards with Reg.
I have loads of assorted size pillows and cushions on the bed and make the bed up into the more comfortable day lounge in day time and I work there far more comfortably than I ever could get on a bench seat and I have the wide front of the van windows to gaze out at the scenery as I work, a skylight over my head and increased storage and bench space all around me in my feet up writers studio. With the addition of a large plastic table cloth over the bedding this can become a watercolorist’s studio, with ease.
Placing plastic storage baskets into the hollow left where the wardrobe had been and covered the top with a tray gives me storage for undies and socks in the top basket, shoes in the base and the tray top holds my laptop when I am not using it.
I found two beige milk crate covers in the supermarket to dress up a couple of storage crates to the same colour scheme as my van and put plastic tray draws inside the crates. I keep my food nonperishable, basics in here. These crates store under the kitchen table when we are towing and sit one on top of the other on the part of the bench nearest the doorway and what I love about these is that they block the view of the bed from the open doorway without blocking the window view I get when sitting in bed writing.
With this redesign, Reg gets to use the whole kitchen table for himself other than at meal times and he does not have to fight for table space with my creative work nor get into trouble for infringing into my space, lol.
We repositioned the TV set into the right front corner of the van so it is easily visible from Reg’s left hand side of table bench seat, which has also been converted with a cushion covered storage crate under the window and of course that high spot is Indigo’s (our dog) seat. Then Reg has cushions that convert his side of the bench to a comfy arm chair and he can pop his feet up as no one is seated opposite him.
Sorry I cannot supply interior photos of the redesign as everything serves double duties when you are downsizers and the caravan interior is currently storing those things we tour with inside the car, like our generator and additional chest fridge.