So with insulation up we need to make it look pretty. At this stage we needed to figure out how we were going to be using the space.
From the beginning we've always wanted to keep the ability to bring along passengers for the ride. We tried using a big bed from a GMC Savanna conversion van, although super comfy, it was MASSIVE! So we back tracked and thought once again what we could do.
The original 3rd row seat, is on a slider and so can scoot back and forth. It also folds down flat. So knowing this we decided to build boxes over the wheel wells and a non-fixed platform behind the seat. When the seat folds down, this will make our sleeping platform.
The framing in progress. You can see a large kitchen cabinet behind the driver seat. We ultimately decided that was too big and scrapped it. For the framing we just laid the 1x2's and 2'2's on the floor and moved them around until we figured out what would work. Also the auxiliary battery fits perfect in that corner, I use the jack mount to strap the battery box down to.
We keep a small sheet of thin plywood to lay over the 2x4's so the mattress has something to lay on. The platform, like the seat can move back and forth making room for more storage underneath if need be. Generally, if the seat is up, we scoot it all to the back for maximum passenger room and to make the bed we scoot the seat forward. This gives us a bed almost the size of a QUEEN bed! In an Astro!
As you can see, we've set the bed up to sleep across the van, with me being the tallest at 5'8, this is possible. The bed can be setup either way, but I like having the cabinet next to the bed for my phone and glasses. Bex also made some custom curtains and a duvet cover to match. What you can't see is the mattress that Bex also custom made, it's super comfy and we've slept way later that we meant to on multiple occasions because of it.