How to Build a Bed in an RV

How to Build a Bed in an RV
RVs are the camping tool of choice for people who want a little extra comfort as they proceed on their family vacation adventure. RVs allow you to be able to sleep on a comfortable bed instead of a hard campsite floor or a sleeping bag. With a little know-how, even someone without a lot of construction skills can make a bed in their RV.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • 4 wood pieces, 2 inches by 2 inches (wood of your choice)
  • 4 wood pieces, 3 inches by 2 inches by 50 inches
  • Box half-inch screws
  • 8 wood pieces, 2 inches by 2 inches by 12 inches
  • Box of 2½-inch wood screws
  • 2 pieces of plywood, ¾ inch by 50 inch by 60 inch
  • 2 pieces of plywood, ¾ inch by 12 inch by 60 inch
  • 2 pieces of plywood, ¾ inch by 12 inch by 50 inch
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Four-foot piano hinge
  • Gas struts
  • Mattress
Step 1
Drill starter holes into two of the 50-inch boards and two of the 60-inch two by two wooden boards.
Step 2
Form a rectangle shape by screwing the two 50-inch two-by-two boards that you just drilled starter holes in into the two 60-inch wooden boards. Use the half-inch screws to form the rectangle.
Step 3
Take a 50 by 60 inch plywood piece that is 3/4-inch thick and screw it into the floor with the 1 1/2-inch screws. Take the rectangular frame you just made and screw that into the piece of plywood.
Step 4
Take a two by two by twelve-inch board and, using the 2 1/2-inch screws, secure it to each corner.
Step 5
Secure two of the two by two by twelve-inch boards 18 inches from the head of the bed.
Step 6
Make an additional two by two-by-sixty-inch frame. Use the 2 1/2-inch screws and fasten this frame to the first frame. This will give you the box frame for the bed in a queen size.
Step 7
Take the twelve by fifty-inch plywood board and nail it to the top and to the bottom of the frame. Now take the twelve-by-sixty-inch boards and nail them to the sides of the frame. Secure the last of the two boards that are two by two by twelve-inches 3 inches from the center two-by-two boards.
Step 8
Take the last piece of wood and measure 18 inches from the side that is 50 inches. Secure it to the frame with 1 1/2-inch screws. Screw the piano hinge into this same piece of plywood.
Step 9
Place the large plywood piece on the frame and secure it to the piano hinge with the screws. Use the hardware that came with the gas struts to secure them to the bed frame and the bed top.
Step 10
Place the queen size mattress into the bed frame and you are ready to go.

Tips & Warnings

Measure everything twice to make sure before you place any screws or nails or drill so that you have less of a chance of making a mistake.
When using any tools that are sharp be careful not to cut or poke yourself.

Article Written By Marie Scribe

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