Van and Minivan Conversion Ideas
That great match of space and versatile, driveable size. A home that can fit in a parking space. Show us yours!
Pib and Stef's Alfred
2001 Mercedes Benz Sprinter
This is not a long wheelbase Sprinter, so the layout trades cabin-to-rear access for an L-shaped kitchen unit that accommodates a wood stove for heating and warming water. The length-wise bed has storage below, and netting is used to gain additional storage. It's a clever and unique van conversion.
1994 Mistubishi Delica
This is a travel minivan that forgoes stealth for the space efficiencies that come from using a James Baroud roof-top tent rather than chewing up space inside the van. That said, there is provision to create a second sleeping space for guests if required. Like typical 4x4 builds, there's a practical slide-out kitchen at the back.
Mercedes Benz Sprinter
A dad and his two daughters in a colorfully, professionally converted Sprinter. Of note in this build is the convertible bed with panels which can pack away to create open space. A bench seat for three is retained in the van for the children and any guests.
Vanessa & Adam's
2008 Dodge Sprinter
Here's a good example of a bed running lengthwise beside storage cupboards in a Sprinter van conversion. The owners have bench surfaces on both sides (with the sink on the door side) and still managed to accommodate bench seats with a slide-out table/desk. Great use of a 170" wheelbase Sprinter.
Justin & Olivia's Clementine
1984 Dodge B250
This was a renovation of an existing camper conversion but still a fantastic upgrade - fresh paint, laminate over the older floors, new curtains, etc. The owners convert between two bench seats with dining table and a bed with cushion mattress as required.
Nick's West Quester
2003 Ford Econoline E150
Here's a stealthy Ford Econoline E150 van conversion where every bit of space is utilised. Sideways bed over storage, interior kitchen unit but also a rear fold-out cooking space. It's more practical than pristine and a great example of a budget van conversion.
The Fites' Edison
2016 Ford Transit 350
There are a few standouts in this attractive Ford Transit conversion but the two best are the loft bed for the couple's daughter and robust and versatile slide out deck from the under-bed garage. If you're spending every day in your vehicle, you might as well make it a rewarding and multipurpose place to be.
It's hard to believe this is a Transit van conversion in a medium wheelbase and not a skoolie given the appearance of space and bonus provision of a wood burning heater. Its owners achieve this with a convertible bed that doubles as lounging and dining space.
Daniel's Vaniel 103
2016 Mercedes Benz Sprinter
White and wood always seem to resonate with people and this Sprinter conversion is no exception. It's not one of the longer Sprinters (144" wheelbase), but makes the most of a compact space with a neat elevated bed platform over the garage and bike storage, then a solid kitchen setup with integrated cooktop and sink.
2003 Chevrolet Express
One of the most fawned over van conversions around contrasting reclaimed timber slats and white surfaces, but most envied for the wind-out windows that had everyone dreaming of living and working with a breeze by the beach. Zach made back his van purchase and build costs with tool advertising on his build site. Brilliant!
Sam's Surf Bus
Mercedes Benz Sprinter
Sam's Sprinter-based "surf bus" van conversion is finished and he's commenced adventures. Of note in this very polished conversion is the cantilevered folding bed system made with birch ply. Each side can fold up for maximum floor space (hauling gear, for example), to bench seats with a screw-in table, or add a central piece to form a bed without any central supports blocking storage underneath. Check out the video tour for the full run through.