First Things First

For those of you who don't already have your van, one of the most important questions for future vandwellers to ask themselves is, "Do I want to be able to stand up in my campervan?"

If the answer to that question is yes, then you may want to consider the Transit, Sprinter, NV or the Promaster, all having high roof models. There are also those trendy pop-op campers and other van options for the budget-minded where roof extensions have been added.  

The upside of being in a high roof van is the ease for cooking and dressing for sure, but if height is not a concern, then the world is your oyster when it comes to selection. 


Okay, so you have at least an idea of the van you want.  Preplanning your layout will help you determine what size van meets your layout requirements.  

For those of you who already have the van in-hand, if you're like me, you've had to make some tweaks to your layout right before or even during the build process.

Here are the 3 fundamental questions I asked myself when determining my initial layout:

  1. Do I want a wide open feel?
  2. Do I want a permanent bed?
  3. Do I want a garage?

When I first answered these questions, I was adamant about having the converting bench to bed layout. I wanted that wide and open feel that I saw in other builds. In the end, I valued the extra storage of a garage over the walk-through space, so I switched to the platform with the garage right before the build began.  I know I made the right decision for me.  

I played around with a ton of layouts, now on a zip-drive archive, but below are some of my sample layouts for you to look at.  Oh, and scroll down further to find some of the links I used to create you van build layout!

Now It's Your Turn

Now it's your turn to play around with designs based on your van or van to be.

One of the van customization sites has downloadable templates that I found were very handy 

Layout Templates


They also have a van layout program for your van. I found it limiting but it helped me better visualize placement. They also have standard layouts on the site to assist you as well. 

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