Whether you’re looking to switch to a nomad lifestyle, create a budget-friendly guest house, or simply want a home away from home that turns heads, fitting out your own custom-designed campervan is a large undertaking. There are many aspects to consider in a practical sense as well as an aesthetic one, and if everything isn’t thought out properly, you could very well run into issues down the road. That’s why we’ve put together these tips for fitting out your campervan to help you get everything exactly how you want it, without the stress.
Since your space is relatively small, kitchen storage is going to be at a premium. Because of this, you may need to get a little inventive with where things live. Vertical storage is always a good idea, but you should also consider hanging things to make maximum use of your space.
While you have to be careful that this doesn’t make things look messy, certain kitchen items, like cookware sets, can be great design elements that won’t make your kitchen area look cluttered. Herbs can also be grown on your walls if you’re after some useful greenery.
Sliding or collapsible doors will be your best friend when it comes to maximizing the space available to you within your new campervan, but they’re not the only way you can make sure your bedroom is as functional as possible.
Low profile wardrobes will be a great investment, as will a bed that folds up and provides storage underneath. If you want even more room and you’re up for a DIY project, consider building a Murphy Bed that folds away entirely when not in use.
Whether you hook up to mains water or carry your own tanks, you’re still going to need to dispose of water once you’ve used it. Since wastewater is considered a biohazard, you’ll need to plan ahead for this.
Many pre-established campervans feature separate storage for greywater and wastewater, and we strongly recommend putting a set up like this in your custom fit. You’ll find yourself paying far less for disposal, and if you’re set up in a fixed location, appropriately treated greywater can be used to water your garden.
The Power Situation
Although they’ve been the standard for a while, generators are noisy and not particularly efficient. Adding solar panels to your roof can be a great way to get around this. Although they require a higher initial outlay, they’ll save you money in the long run and you won’t end up stuck without power at lunchtime because you unexpectedly ran out of fuel.
Now you’ve got the inside sorted, it’s time to think about creating the ability to have a comfortable outdoor living space. Even if you don’t intend on adventuring very often, you’ll be tempted to at some point, so it’s a good idea to be prepared. Extendible shade, fold-out tables, and LED light bars are all solid additions, as is an exterior storage box for folding chairs and other equipment.
Finally, don’t forget to have fun and set things up how you want them. Yes, you need to be practical, but there are plenty of design elements that allow this while still letting you have a completely custom setup. Campervans allow you to have a flexible lifestyle, so your design should reflect you, not some out of the box cookie cutter set up. Enjoy!