Next up was building a structure for our full-size double bed mattress.. Yes, you heard right big double lushness baby!! There were a few required necessities that we wanted, they needed to have their own space under our bed.
No.1 A cubby for our 7'4 & 6' surfboards ✔
No.2 Roll out fridge ✔
No.3 Roll out garbage bins ✔
No.4 Lockable hidden draws ✔
Both surfboards fit under our bed on the right-hand side of our van in their own little cubbies.
Our Waeco 50L 12v fridge fits snuggly under our bed and rolls out on sliders Woohoo!
The garbage and recycling bins were purchased from Ikea. This kit came with all the little bits and pieces for it to be easily installed. This makes it super easy for us to slide then in and out when we are preparing food or need the bins in a hurry.
Knowing we can lock personal items away like our laptops & camera gear made us feel more safe and secure when we are regularly taking off and exploring new places. These guys are bolted to the bottom of our van and fitted perfectly behind our fridge which are accessible from the back.
But we realised that for us to be able to fit the double bed lengthways we needed to take 100ml off it's length for it to fit in our van the way we wanted it to.. So fresh out of its plastic wrapping came the King Koil pocket spring mattress with plush pillow top, flipped it on to its stomach, its backside smooth as a babies behind. We took to it with a scalpel and edged away the individual layers until we hit the pocket springs. We then unhooked the connecting metal rings and removed two rows of pocket springs, cut both sides of the metal frame and fused it back together. Reconnected the metal rings and double hand sewed the layers of material making sure it was all pulled up tight and fitted.. and voila
Lastly, we drew a grid on the base of the bed frame for ventilation holes for our mattress. We then drilled holes into out beautiful bed frame 🙄