Basically I took four maybe 1x6s and cut them to length to fit around my mattress. I believe that was 28x60. Small mattress. Then I screwed them in a rectangle.
I took four little boards, like half inch by an inch and screwed them in the inside middle of the rectangle. Plywood will sit on these.
I screwed two 2x4s or some size similar to each corner in an L shape and then set the plywood inside and my mattress on top, and there's my bed!
My van floor is higher on one end, so I screwed together a few boards to put under two of the legs to make the bed even. I didn't want to make the legs longer, because I want to be able to take the bed out and use it on other flat surfaces.
I cut an old single-sized mattress pad smaller and pinned it around my mattress. The mattress is an old couch cushion and I hated the feeling of the material. The mattress pad reminds me a lot of a diaper.
I'll add pictures when I get them on here.
|The first rectangle|
|Added the support board all around and legs to the corners|
|The little wooden thing I stuck together to make the bed lay even in the van|
|View from side driver's side door. I love my chair|
|View from the rear of the van|