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My brother is recently having a new house built to better suit his family.  I thought an appropriate house gift would be a bunk bed for his 3 year old son.  Since my brother is a huge Volkswagen fan, what better than a VW themed bed.  After scouring the web for ideas, and not finding anything up to my expectations, I decided to just design my own.  This is the end result.  I am pleased with how it turned out, and better yet my nephew just loves it.
The inside will be used as a play area here, but it will easily fit a single mattress for when he is old enough to have a friend over for a sleep over.  I am designing bench seat futons at the moment.

I didn't start taking pictures until I was 3/4 of the way through the project.  Kind of spaced it out to be honest.  I will provide illustrations up to the point pictures were started.

I have added the sketchup file I used in the design phase of the project.  Some measurements may be off a tiny bit within it.

If you think this project is deserving, please vote for it in any of the contests it is entered in.
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I would love to win the Shopbot CNC.  I could finally start my home business and produce many of the designs I have created on my computer.

A side note.  Using the same basic design of this project, I am sure you could tweak some measurements and convert a boring old bunk bed frame into something great.
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Step 1: Knocked Down Pictures

Picture of Knocked Down Pictures
These are pictures of the completed project, knocked down, to show how easy it is to move into the bedroom.
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rubio023 made it!29 days ago
I made this but it's still not done but I loved the build pics thank you very much for the instructions
Telmar 5 months ago
I'm looking for someone that builds kits I guess for a bedroom. I want it to be just like an old VW WITH THE DOOR OPEN AND YOU CAN EE THE BED THAT TAKES UP ALL THE SPACE. BASIICALY A QUEEN BED. MO TIRES NOTHING THAT IS REAL EXCEPT THE FIXTURES LIKE THE WINDSHIELD WIPERS , side view mirrors VW emblem in the front , ect. I have a picture of one that someone sent me but can't remember the site it came from. Can you help me?
buck22177 months ago

This is awesome!! I'm now trying to persuade my kids to have more grandkids just so I can build one!! :-) Mind you I'll also have to get them to relocate from UK to NZ

Vleut made it!9 months ago

Hello Uptonb,

Many thanks for inspiring me. You instruction help did make me start to build my own bus bed for my 4 year old son. Of course I did input my own thoughts.

And yes : Such a good feeling after many, many hours of labour. AND Fun!!.

Thanks again for your input,


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rosehost11 months ago

This is the bomb!!! Used to own a VW Transporter. We are downsizing and building a retirement home. The bonus room is being customized for the grandkids. We have five 3yrs old and younger. Yesterday, hired an Amish craftsman to build this. Thank you! Thank you! for sharing. I'm painting it the same color as our original.

Although technically the 1st gen. ChevyVan (1964-1966) is probably a more accurate model, itself inspired by the VW bus, can you say, "Turtle Van"?

*getting ideas....this may be more feasible than restoring a rare 1964 ChevyVan*

wow amazing
Wow sooooooo!! Coooool!!!!!!
brandi1231 year ago
Amazing, my little hippy son Jude's jaw dropped!
pb_foots2 years ago
My wife wants me to build one of these in blue for our son, and one large enough for us too!

Great design, thanks so much for sharing!
My wife wants me to build one of these in blue for our son, and one large enough for us too!

So she's comfortable with the idea of the back of a van. Awesome. My kinda girl.
atlantica2 years ago
Incredible. Genius.
I hope you win the Shopbot. This deserves it. I wish everyone would include sketchup (or any) plans of their cool ideas to truly be sharing them and not just showing off.
I vote for this as the best thing I've seen on Instructables all year.
shsps2 years ago
wow this very very very cool most kids whould love you for this cool concept its a very cool idear from an ex coach lorry truck van builder i may make some of theasa in the uk if thers a market
shsps2 years ago
wow this very very very cool most kids whould love you for this cool concept its a very cool idear from an ex coach lorry truck van builder i may make some of theasa in the uk if thers a market
Bikebudy2 years ago
Truely Awesome !
rolfy122 years ago
Just have to add my own voice to the show of admiration. Looks great!
Brandon19792 years ago
My wife and I loved your design so much I built one for my son. I'm almost finished but I'm having trouble finding the right size headlights. I was wondering if you could tell me what you used? You can email me at Thank you and thanks for posting your awsome design.
MaskMarvl2 years ago
Awesome! :D
Hi, what a great idea and design. It looks great all assembled.
skipernicus2 years ago
Could that be any cooler?

No, it could not. Exceptional!
shrew2 years ago
Cool. I would have loved something like this as a kid. Even now it is tempting.
ka1dza3 years ago
Good morning,

This is great project!! I'm sure it will become an heirloom to be passed from one generation to another..

I too own a VW bus, but have no little ones to build this bed for. May I have permission to share these plans with the members of They are a worldwide group of bus owners who share ideas and help each other with bus related problems. Type 2 is the designation VW gave to the bus's engine.


Uptonb (author)  ka1dza3 years ago
Thank you.

Of course you can share the bed plans. I hope the group you are a part of enjoys it.
ka1dza Uptonb3 years ago
GREAT!!!! thanks.
Good luck in the next 24 hours , we will find out soon , 20 finalists 13 prizes , cool
Uptonb (author)  AussieCFviolin3 years ago
Thanks. The anticipation is a killer, eh? Glad I don't have to choose a winner in the contest. Some really good 'ibles.

Good luck to you as well.
canucksgirl3 years ago
This is just awesome! You got my vote and I hope you win. (Awesome prize too). ;)
Uptonb (author)  canucksgirl3 years ago
Thank you very much. Good luck on your entries also.
Uptonb (author)  peacefulshades3 years ago
Thank u.
BEST idea EVER!!!!! <3 <3 <3 This!!!!!!! I <3 VW's
Uptonb (author)  bridgetbjork3 years ago
dimdiode3 years ago
This is totally brilliant - I am in awe of your creativity.

well done, very well done!
Uptonb (author)  dimdiode3 years ago
That's very nice, thank you.
ToolboxGuy3 years ago
Uptonb (author)  ToolboxGuy3 years ago
MandingaRes3 years ago
Excelente trabajo!! Muy original, muy bien pensado y sumamente práctico para los niños!!
Realmente te felicito y por supuesto que voy a votar por este proyecto!
Uptonb (author)  MandingaRes3 years ago
This is such an incredible project. I am quite impressed. as an avid "VW" enthusiast myself, I can totally see myself building this for my 3 year old. She would just flip!

is the inside floor big enough for a second bunk bed mattress?
Uptonb (author)  jonnyphenomenon3 years ago
Yes, the inside floor is actually larger than the top area. Not by much granted, but just a few inches.

I have seen this 'ible linked in quite a few VW forums and people have been trying to determine if it's a splitty or a bay. I originally designed it to be a splitty, but in order to keep the knockdown available I had to sacrifice the piece that would split the front window. Thus making it a splitty with a bay window lol.

I am happy you like it, and I hope you revisit here and post pictures of a finished bus.
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