In Part 1 of this post, we removed most of the queen, , and cut the bottoms and the tops of the beds to fit the space we needed.
Part 2 involved Sam working with his dad to build the bed frames, trimmed them with beautiful dark wenge, cut and hinged the top pieces for each bed, and relocated the heater vent.
In Part 3 we finished up some minor work – installing gas springs, fixing rivet holes, designing and building our corner end tables, finished up the trim and ordered a custom cushion to fit behind Cara’s bed.
Before we started the conversion, we had a standard RV walk-around queen bed. Rachel and Andrew slept on the bed, and little Cara slept in her ‘secret hideout’ along one side of the bed.
After the conversion, we have three beds: 2 standard RV twins (75″ by 30″), and a standard size toddler bed. The middle isle has more usable space, and plenty of storage underneath!
Though the beds are a standard size (and use standard size sheets – close enough!) they are custom shaped. The twins follow the curve of the Airstream at the back, and the beds have missing corners where they meet. We loved the company we used for the custom mattresses, www.mattressinsider.com, and highly recommend working with them!
One of our favorite features is the accessible storage under the beds. The queen bed lifted as well, but it was harder to use the space. With all three beds lifted, we can easily get to anything underneath. Note that we also have aisle access to the space under the twins, which makes our common stuff easy to access. The small raised piece of dark trim on the floor is not only pretty, but provides just enough support to keep the buckets from all sliding out when we move.
The storage space under the bed at the end used to only be accessible through the front outside access panel (behind the propane). Now, we can access that space from inside. Though the outside panel still works, we haven’t used it at all.
The custom quilts for each kids bed were the amazing work of Jess, detailed in a previous post.
We still use command hooks above their beds for hats, jackets, and towels, although Jess had to move them up a bit higher so Rachel didn’t have towels in her face at night. The photos were moved next to the storage cabinet up above on the other side. Andrew also decided he wanted to have his head opposite Rachel’s (for whatever reason) so its nice the beds can be made up either direction.
This bed configuration left some (almost) quarter round sections unused in the two corners. I built some removable bookshelves for the kids to store books and small items. The shelves lift out, allowing access to the small storage areas underneath. These are the least accessible storage in the new configuration, so we put things there that we rarely need. Although better than the nightstands we had previously, the kids still cram these things full of their “treasures”, books, and money banks. Maybe one day they’ll learn to keep things tidy, but at least we don’t have an cracks for papers and other small items to fall through!
And our bedroll? Well, it still just mainly gets in the way. The kids fight over who gets to NOT have the bedroll on their bed, and Jess and I try and keep it up off the floor so it doesn’t get stepped on.
There you have it! We absolutely LOVE our new space. The bright colors, more floor space for the kids to play on during the day (and they do!), and the beds double quite nicely as couches when we all want to gather in the back, the kids are doing school work, or Sam is working. We are completely happy with the way they turned out and make traveling in our Airstream even better!