The nomadic lifestyle is increasing in popularity, which entails a growth of the van and Skoolie conversion communities. More people take the leap of faith in the hope of gaining a higher level of freedom and flexibility and you get it all, when living in a house on wheels.
It offers the perfect balance between the basic needs – it is all about “living big in a tiny house”.
This article features ten skoolie conversions, chosen to display different approaches and results, with the hope of inspiring as many as possible.
Some have all the necessities of a luxurious home and some are simpler in their setup. All of these buses have one thing in common, which is the fact that they are the home of adventurous people who follow their dreams.
Converting a bus is a big deal, so whether you are daydreaming about it or right in the middle of it, these Instagram accounts will help inspire you.
When doing your own Skoolie conversion – remember that most skoolies and vans are always in a state of continual transformation.
Enjoy the process.
The owner of this bus is Rhett Mcinerheney from Australia.
It has strong beach vibes; the interior screams slow living and gives off a warm and cozy feel. This skoolie has a simple and cool setup. You step directly into the kitchen area, which has a little fridge, a sink, gas hobs and lots of storage.
Next to this is the seating area and the bed, which is placed in the back of the bus. This Skoolie has some cool features such as a pull out table, a coffee machine, surfboard storage in the roof and a roof top deck.
They decided to go for a shorter wheel base Skoolie compared to others, which is wise if you want to get through the busy cities. You should find of what wheel base camper van is best for you before buying a Skoolie!
The owner of this skoolie is Elise and Josh, who are currently exploring Australia.
This is such an amazing build. As soon as you step inside you feel relegated to a wooden cabin in the middle of nature. It exudes coziness.
This build literally has it all. The kitchen is well equipped and includes an oven, a gas stove and lots of table space. There is a full wet-room with a shower and a composting toilet.
The couple chose to install a boat access hatch in the roof, which makes it possible to reach the incredible roof top deck without even going outside the bus.
You access the bedroom through a doorway, which sets the tone and vibe inside the bus.
Some of the best features in this skoolie are the interior design, their storage solutions underneath the bed, inside the lounge benches, overhead cabinets and shelves. They have massive solar panels that makes all the difference in the world when living on the road.
Details like a pull out dining table, choice of materials, cabinet fronts, tiles, spice racks and a full size fridge is also worth noticing.
The owner of this bus is Hayley from Pennsylvania.
She has been very successful in creating a dreamy bus with a wonderland of amazing details and DIY projects. This build has all the essentials needed for bus life.
The utilisation of the limited space, a stove, a fridge, solar panels, a bedroom and a bathroom with a toilet and a shower. What distinguishes this bus from the others, are all the incredible features and details.
You can actually go exploring inside this bus! It has a skylight with a planter, a wooden moon and sun working as separators, beautiful tiles, a shampoo/soap shelf in the bathroom, a rustic sink, a sliding chopping board, decorative storage solutions and a bold and consistent colour code.
This bus is the home of the couple Dustin and Amanda and their two children Ezra and Maezyn.
The bus and the family living in it are truly inspiring on several levels; the way they are as a family, the way they live their life and the outstanding skoolie conversion they have done. This bus has everything a family needs, to make the everyday life work.
It has a great layout to ensure a spacious feel, a full kitchen including a massive corner sink, which also works as a tiny bathtub for the children.
There is a bunkroom with a crib on top and a bed below, a washing machine, a pantry and lots of storage space.
This is a true family bus and home, which will inspire everyone dreaming of a nomadic lifestyle and kids.
The owner of this skoolie is Caleb John Brackney from Tennessee.
This bus stands out from the crowd because of its industrial vibe. Other than that it has a great layout, some cool details and is a great example of how much you can achieve on a 10.000$ budget.
This build has a full kitchen, a bedroom area and a living room area. The bathroom has a full shower and a toilet.
This skoolie displays some cool features; an electric fireplace, a skylight, a rooftop garden, magnetic strips for knives and silver wear, a green wall of plants on the outside of the bus and a very cool and industrial light solution above the bed.
Besides all these features, there is also a real size closet bigger than those seen in the best cabins in the UK!
This yellow skoolie is the home of the family of four – Jake, Gi, Lu and Capri who sold it all to travel the US.
This bus is something different. It has a minimalistic vibe, lots of light and bright colors, which make it seem extra spacious. It has everything you need: a kitchen area with a full size fridge, a big sink, which works perfectly as a bathtub for the children, a stove and a seating area.
The counter top in the kitchen is white, which makes it look very light and modern and leave you with a great feeling of actually being inside of a house. The bathroom has a full shower and toilet, there are lots of storage space and some great features that will inspire you.
The best feature in this Skoolie conversion is the multi-functional dining area, which is such a good solution when living several people in a tiny space.
The owners of this bus is Bas and Charisa. They are currently living in The Netherlands with their three children.
This build probably has the most outstanding and creative feature of all – a slide out. The slide out gives you several advantages; it works as an extension of the living room, if the weather is good it can open and bring all the sunlight inside and it can work as a massive outdoor terrace.
They really have been thinking out of the box.
Besides this awesome feature, the bus has a full kitchen separated from the living room area with a sliding door.
There is a bedroom, a toilet, lots of storage space, a woodstove and a roof top deck. Their build is not yet completed but they are in the final part of the conversion process.
This bus is the home of Francesca and Nicholas and their three dogs.
This build is beautiful and has a very cozy and homey vibe going on. The setup and furniture solutions make it very spacious.
The bus contains a living area with lots of seating possibilities and a lot of space. There is a bedroom and a very cozy kitchen area with a full size fridge, a stove and many storage solutions.
The bathroom has a full shower and a composting toilet. This bus has some inspiring features; it is possible to double the size of the seating area, which then can work as an extra bed.
There is a plant corner and generally loads of plants, a shelf placed above the windshield, which gives extra storage space and a wood stove.
It is also worth mentioning that they cover the dashboard using blankets and pillows to take the coziness to the next level a great day to make a great Skoolie conversion even better!
This skoolie is the home of the Ontario based couple Kelly and Tyson and their two dogs.
This skoolie gives off the coziest cabin vibes. It shows that you can easily make full time bus life work without a fully equipped kitchen.
This bus has a simple kitchen, a bedroom, lots of storage space including a closet, a living area with a wood stove and a bathroom with a composting toilet.
This bus has several amazing features and DIY project ideas. Some of them are a folding table on the outside of the bus for barbeques, a DIY wood storage solution, solar panels and a wireless wall sconce, but the coolest feature of them all is the rustic sliding door, which is such a great solution when space is limited.
The owners of this bus are Courtney and Rom. They have a lot of experience converting skoolies and right now, they are on bus no. 5!
This bus is something special with so many well thought out details, the choices of materials, an accomplished color scheme and the décor and plants.
All the plants and the rustic interior give you the feeling of being out in nature and make up a very cozy and forest-like feel.
This bus has it all; office space, a living room area with a wood stove, a kitchen with a full size fridge, full bathroom with a shower and composting toilet, an open closet, lots and lots of storage space and a couch with a pull out for guests.
This couple have made many inspiring DIY Skoolie conversion projects ranging from shelves to wall coverage, storage and interior design.
What Is A Skoolie?
A “Skoolie” is typically a DIY self converted school bus which has been transformed into a tiny home on wheels, allowing the new home owner to travel wherever they please.
Where To Park A Skoolie?
This all depends on what country you are from, but typically due to the size of a Skoolie, you will not park it on a campsite, or somewhere that allows free/wild camping with enough space.
So there you have a look at some Skoolie conversion inspiration from Instagram, be sure to follow each individual account to see their conversion in more depth! All of these are run by truly great people and a follow would make their day! Thanks for reading!