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Remodeling My Off Grid Camper

January 19th, 2012


I just finished building a desk and a set of book shelves in my off grid camper. The camper originally had two twin sized beds in the bedroom. In all, it had space for 6 adults to sleep. Since I am alone, I figured the extra bed would not do me any good, so I removed it to make space for a desk.

The original bed frame was about 3 feet wide by about 7 feet long. I pulled the bed out and cut the width down to two feet so it would fit better with a chair in front of it and still leave room to walk through the bedroom. Then I remounted the frame to the wall at about 27 inches height using the original wood and hardware. I removed the cloth trim and then I had a nice looking desk.

There was just over 8.5 inches of wasted space between the cabinet door and the wall, perfect for an average sized book. I took more of the supporting wood framework left over from the bed, plus some pine wood I had laying around and made a set of book shelves. The shelves are built right into the walls and attached to the desk for stability. Underneath the desk is another shelf for a printer or some more books. The top two shelves are 8.5 inches deep and the next two are ten inches. It worked out quite well.

In the summer I will stain and varnish it to make it match the surrounding wood. The stain emits poisonous fumes and needs a lot of ventilation and winter is no time for that.

Later I may put some pull out drawers on the far left side, under the desk for more storage.

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