In this guide we cover the best flat pack campervan furniture. If carpentry isn’t your strong point but you want to do your own campervan conversion, flatpack furniture could be a good solution for you.
With a-lot available on the market this article will guide you through the different options available weighing up the pros and cons of each. Here is our 5 best pieces of flat pack campervan furniture.
Why should you consider flat pack campervan furniture?
Designing your ideal campervan layout is the fun part. However, building furniture that fits the space you have can be very challenging and frustrating. In fact, you would need a considerable amount of skill, tools, and time to produce furniture with a nice finish for your campervan.
This is where flat pack campervan furniture can be very useful. Generally, flat pack furniture can be bought as individual pieces, or as kits. For this reason, it’s helpful to know what layout you want in your van, so that you can decide if a kit will work or if you need to piece together a modular interior.
On the whole flat pack furniture is cheaper, often being made of MDF or plywood and it excludes the cost of installation. It’s important to note that MDF furniture, the type of furniture Ikea sells, is heavier than plywood. As a result, you should be aware of the weight you are adding to your van to make sure this doesn’t exceed its payload capacity. Flat pack furniture, especially the modular style, is very easy to construct. You will only need simple tools like a drill with a screwdriver bit.
1. IKEA Storage Units
Modular flat pack furniture is the type of stuff Ikea sell. It consists of cabinets that are built to a set size. These shells utilise different fixings that allow them to become cabinets with drawers or shelves.
The best modular flat pack furniture for your campervan kitchen is the Ikea base unit kitchen cabinet. For example this cabinet unit comes with 3 shelves, it is 60cm X 60cm, and only costs £50. This cabinet could be combined with another, like this one with 3 drawers, to give you versatile storage options.
These Ikea base cabinets are available in different sizes, with the most important measurement being the depth. The depth determines how far into your van the cabinet will protrude. The most common size Ikea sell is 60cm deep, but there are models available that are only 37cm deep.
A distinct advantage of the Ikea cabinets is their ease to replace. If something breaks it’s straightforward to get a replacement and easy to install it. If a part breaks on a bespoke kitchen setup it will be significantly more challenging to replace.
Due to the weight of these units, they are better suited to a situation where you only need two or three.
Alternatively, you could limit yourself to using these for the kitchen only and find alternative lighter cabinets for your bedroom storage. If you are still trying to decide what size van is right for you, have a look at our guide to what wheel base camper is best for you.
|Ikea Flat Pack Cabinets|
|Easy to install||Limited Design options|
|Easy to replace||Limited Size options|
|Not built specifically for campervans|
2. Evo Designs Kitchen Pods
Companies like Evo Design offer complete flat pack kits for kitchens. For example this kitchen setup is for a large van like a Mercedes Sprinter. It offers soft close drawers, extendable worktop, sink and cooker space and fridge space.
These types of kitchen kits are a great option if you have a larger budget. The attention to detail and level of construction will set these apart from a DIY Ikea set up, but so will the price.
A flatpack kitchen will cost approximately £800, there are also usually longer waiting periods of up to a couple of months. One of the main advantages of these is lightweight materials mean you aren’t sacrificing much of your payload.
Evo design also offer smaller flat pack kitchen units, like this Evo 1300 Pod. This costs £400 and could be a good option in combination with Ikea units.
A unit like this Evo Pod could be your main kitchen storage with a hob and sink in the worktop, with one or two Ikea units as extra storage. This way you are saving money and weight, but your main kitchen unit is sturdy and lightweight.
|Evo Design Kitchen Kit|
|Sturdy Construction||Extended waiting period|
|Purpose built for campervans||Difficult to get fixed or replaced parts|
3. Van Furniture
Van Furniture produce a range of flat pack bedroom furniture for different vans. These bedroom pods come complete with under seat storage and heavy-duty drawer runners.
Van Furniture produce their bed kits in a variety of shapes, for instance a U shaped bed system. Alternatively if your van has a rear tailgate that you like to use they produce side pods so you can move through the centre of the van.
A side pod bedroom setup costs about £1000 and has the most storage and versatility. An L shaped would set you back about £500 and a simple flat sliding bed about £450. If you want a bed with integrated storage, then this is the best option for you.
However, in larger vans people like to raise their beds at the rear of the van to create a garage type area underneath. This is particularly useful if you have adventure hobbies, like mountain biking or surfing and have lots of gear to store in your van.
The video below shows the Van Furtniture flat pack that we use in our own micro camper. This pod only cost us round £400/$600 and works well, even if the measurements were off slightly, and we had to cut some wood.
It’s not fancy, but it gets the job done.
If that is what you want to do then this Evo Design flat pack rear bed platform is the perfect solution. This is a sturdy, lightweight frame for you to place your bed on top of.
A raised bed platform like this will create a massive amount of storage space underneath the bed for whatever gear you are bringing on your adventure. At £140 its incredibly affordable and is without a doubt the best flat pack campervan bed you can buy.
|Van Furniture Bed with Storage|
|Cost includes storage||Difficult to adapt for your specific needs|
|Sturdy Construction||Expensive to fix or replace parts|
|Purpose built for campervans|
|Variety of options available for different vans|
4. Evo Design Overhead Storage
If you want to utilise a raised bed for gear storage underneath, you will need overhead lockers for personal items and clothes. Evo Design produce a variety of different size flat pack overhead lockers.
These range in price from £130-£350 depending on the size and finish you choose. You can also pay extra and have a recess for a LED light strip cut into the bottom of the locker.
These types of lockers are quite bespoke to the campervan scene, as a result it’s difficult to use a different type of cabinet for this purpose. The Evo Design overhead lockers are the best available on the market.
|Evo Design Overhead Lockers|
|Utilises marginal space||Can feel claustrophobic or cramped|
|Variety of options available for different vans|
5. Evo Designs Under Bed Storage
Once again Evo Design seem to lead the way with flat pack campervan furniture. For Sprinter or Crafter conversions they offer a complete storage solution for your under-bed “garage” space.
With storage built in on either side, this set up leaves the central area free for larger items. Their storage is designed to accommodate water tanks, gas bottles and leisure batteries. Having these stored out of the central area of the van will free up more space for personal items.
Additionally for VW T5’s and T6’s they offer rear storage and kitchen pods. The kitchen pod has space for a cooker, gas bottle, extra fold down workspace and a drawer.
This can be a perfect set-up for the weekend warrior, as it will free up interior space for storage. It will also help reduce the build up of cooking smells in your van. Our guide to the cost of converting a VW van into a camper can help you get started budgeting.
|Evo Design Under-bed Storage|
|Utilises marginal space||Expensive|
|Can provide outside cooking space|
|Greatly increases overall storage capacity|
Companies like Evo Design and Van Furniture are producing high quality flatpack furniture to help you convert your van into a campervan. Flat pack furniture is cheaper than a professional conversion but will still provide you with an excellent finish.
Utilising a combination of products from different companies you can find the right furniture for your campervan layout. If you are on a budget, then traditional flatpack furniture companies like Ikea would be a good choice.
For a medium budget you could use a few Ikea units along with a bedroom kit from a campervan specific supplier. If you have a sizeable budget, then why not look to install a complete kit.
This will provide you with integrated storage and lots of useful features.
What flat pack furniture do you think will work well in your van? Let us know via email or Instagram DM and tag us in your tiny home adventures @tinyhomehub.