Thursday, 6 October 2016

Finishing touches

Here are a bunch of my van conversion's finishing touches!

Redwood details
The head end of the bed has this redwood piece I cut to make a nice shape.. perfect for lounging over while looking at a nice vew!

The other end has a red-wood plank too – as does the shelf, the window sill and the front of the kitchen unit. It is a nice touch that accentuates key parts of the build away from the standard pine colour.

Aluminum edging
I had a spare bit of this edging, putting it at the back protects the wood from sliding things in and out

Fake plants
I got some fake plants from Ikea.. they look nice (people are often fooled) but at the same time they do not increase the humidity of the van.

Retro style fan switch
I got this chunky toggle switch for the fan – it looks cool and feels nice to use.

I used an off-cut of the Aluminium floor edging for the plate the switch sits on. I had to sand it down to give it the brushed appearance.

Finger training rail
I added this, just srewed it in, it is for climbing training and fits nicely above the door where you can do hang training

Pull handle
I got rid of the ugly plastic handles that came with the doors long ago, however the second door is really hard to close without a handle.

I used some climbing sling folded over and screwed in to make a simple handle to shut the door from the inside with.

Tea towel holder
This cost a few dollars and works really well! It has a self adhesive back so it was just a matter of sticking it on!

Bulkhead table store
I put auto carpet in to this space instead of just covering it up, then I found this table – it is good for doing work while in the van. It also fits perfectly in the hole behind the kitchen unit.

Table stowed away

Because, hammocks!

Door panel and extra door handle
When searching for fabrics I found this fabric with nice pictures of birds on.. so I used it on this door panel.

The door with all its insulation and cladding is fairly heavy – so I added this handle to make it easier to open and shut the door while inside the van. I put auto carpet in the area I left behind it so it looks and feels nice to use.

It is hard to make everything match up precisely on all edges with the shape of the van.. so you can use this edging material to tidy up or cover up screws. Mostly I just tacked it on with panel pins or glued it on.

The aesthetic difference is subtle but it adds up to improve the over all effect.


  1. Hi! Really enjoyed your video and now reading up on some details on your build. Built my own Sprinter van, very pleased with it!, and now will use some of your solutions to finish the build.
    A question: what automotive carpet did you use? Was it self adhesive?
    BTW, I live in Montserrat outside of Barcelona with amazing climbing behind the house, let me know if you pass by here!

  2. You are amazing! I really appreciate all the work you have done and generously shared!
    Thank you for your honesty, humility, and genius.
    Best of luck-please keep sharing. I know design ideas keep evolving.

  3. Brilliant , I'm living a similar life very nomadic mostly flying around but yours seems very cool !!

    I enjoy following you & love your honesty ..

  4. Great conversion. I just wondered, where is the toilet ?