Imagine seeing the first glimmers of the morning sunshine warming through dew-beaded windows, with the only sound being the melody of nature. Ah, vanning! Vanlife, in its simplest form, has gained many new enthusiasts. As the warmer weather approaches, we thought we’d share our best van conversion ideas for keeping your vanlife life organized.
As summer vacations and travel, in general, have had to be rethought, many of you have seized the opportunity to acquire a camper. Because the road between the city and the beautiful Gaspésie is long, you’ll want to be comfortable. tinktube products are customizable and will help make your trip memorable.
Go wherever the wind takes you!
1. A custom canopy
You’ll need to have an awning for your camping trip to protect yourself from the sun’s rays as well as any drops of rain. To make this custom project yourself, you’ll need steel tubes and plastic caps. You can get some inspiration from this plan to create your awning. If you’re looking for other van conversion ideas of this kind, check out our free plan to build your own canopy.
2. A custom pantry
In a camper, every inch of space counts! To maximize storage, especially in the kitchen, you can build a custom pantry. This will give you more room to cook and all your ingredients will be at your fingertips. Oh, and check this out: for an attractive look, choose our copper tubes.
4. A loft bed railing
To ensure that you have a safe sleep, loft beds must be secured by railings. You can use steel tubes to build a custom railing, cut to the proper length. You’ll find all the necessary materials and more inspiration for van conversion projects on our online store.
5. A conversion van outdoor shower enclosure
Most conversion vans don’t have a bathroom, let alone a shower. However, many campers buy a shower head and attach it to the outside of the vehicle. To lather in privacy, you can make an adjustable shower enclosure and adorn it with pretty curtains! If you’re interested in building your own, here’s a free plan that will help get you started!
6. Refrigerator item restraining bars
While traveling, objects can become displaced in the van. Since nobody wants any nasty surprises when opening the refrigerator door, you can use white tubes to make sure your jars of jam and liters of milk don’t spill.
8. A clothes drying rack
There’s nothing like the wind blowing off the sea and the sun’s rays to dry your items with the delicate fragrance of nature. On this rack, you can hang beach towels as well as wet clothing. In addition to steel tubes, you’ll need three types of connectors to complete this project. The instructions for the van conversion projects can be found here.
9. Rear storage shelter
This mobile structure is the perfect example of what you can make with tubes and connectors. This rear storage shelter can be used to store your belongings, as a garage for your motorcycle or sleeping quarters for your guests. Choose a covering that can protect against bad weather.
10. Outside light bracket
Once the evening sets in, campers need a suitable lighting solution. Why make it complicated, when you can make it simple? Two connectors are all you need to attach this light fixture to the vehicle’s exterior wall.
11. A camper dinette shelf
The best way to gain additional storage is to use height. This shelf, attached to the dinette’s counter, can be used to store household products. With a little imagination, you can adapt this shelf to your needs.
12. A DIY sofa-bed for the van
Savvy campers can use steel tubes, connectors, and some wooden boards to build a custom bed for their van. In this example, the structure was designed so that the bed can be converted into a sofa. This is one of the most useful examples of our van conversion ideas! Drawers were even added under the platform to maximize storage space. Read more about this project, or…
13. A custom shower curtain rod
Every campervan has its own unique features, but there are no obstacles when you build your own amenities. For example, you might choose to adapt your shower area with a custom-designed curtain rod. All you need to complete this project are tinktube tubes and some hooks.
14. A DIY bathroom vanity
Small spaces mean a small bathroom! This porcelain vanity is simple and effective and is supported by steel tubes. This tinktuber has also chosen to add an extra side tube for hanging hand towels…that’s ingenious! Another one of our great van conversion projects!
16. A camping picnic table
Camping wouldn’t be the same without being able to enjoy a meal outside! This outdoor table will be especially useful when it comes time to seating your entire family. You can get some inspiration from this tinktube plan to make your camping table.
17. An outdoor projector screen
There’s nothing like sitting outside to watch a romantic comedy on a warm summer’s eve! This structure is constructed with tubes and will make your camping neighbors jealous. All you have to do is follow these instructions to make this nifty, outdoor projector screen.
18. A laptop tray
When your turn has come to be a co-pilot, you can take the opportunity to respond to emails, advance files and write messages. This inexpensive laptop tray has been designed for the nomadic worker you are!
19. A retractable awning for camping
Want to soak up the sun? No worries. This retractable awning, constructed with black steel tubes and plastic caps, can be attached to any camper. You will find all the parts you need to complete this project on our online store. A popular example of van conversion ideas!
20. A camping toilet
If your vehicle doesn’t have a toilet, you can build one for a low cost by following these simple instructions. Oh the joys of camping!
21. A decorative tube shelf border
In this example, the campers decided to install a shelf around their bed in order to place a variety of decorations on it and to hang string lights. They used copper tubes to restrain objects while travelling.
23. Custom mosquito net
The only downside to sleeping under the stars are those annoying insects. With a little ingenuity, you can build a custom mosquito net with tinktube components for your camping bed.
24. A DIY removable solar panel
Camping life offers unparalleled freedom! You can set up anywhere you want as long as you have electricity. With this removable solar panel, you will be freer than ever. You can custom build it using our white tubes and our connectors. A great example of awesome van conversion ideas!
25. A roof rack
This roof rack comes in handy and you can store a variety of items in it that can’t be stored inside the camper. This simple project is suitable for all types of motorhomes. You can configure it to your needs.
26. A DIY ladder
Use tinktube tubes and connectors to make a custom ladder so you can reach the camper’s roof. You can use our pipe cutter to complete this project with ease.
27. A DIY tinktube shower
Not all campers are equipped with a shower. To overcome this problem, you can build a structure out of tubes and connectors. We have designed a comprehensive plan that you’ll find here.
28. A custom bench
If space allows, it would be great to build a custom relaxation area for yourself. You can take inspiration from this bench, made with steel tubes, to create your own. For a unique look, you can paint the tubes in your choice of colour and cover the structure with pretty cushions.
29. A wall rack for coffee cups
Hang your coffee cups on this wall rack to save storage space. You can easily replicate this idea using our components for easy van conversion ideas!
30. A surfboard rack
You can attach a surfboard (or snowboard) rack on the rear of your motorhome. Simply modify this plan to suit your needs when building yours.
31. DIY Swivel Table
For his most recent DIY project, 97 Customs’ founder, the friendly Calvin, used tubes and connectors to build a DIY swivel table with a design that is as ingenious as it is ergonomic! We’re presenting all the details about his project in this post.
Are you inspired yet?
To help vanlifers in their van conversion projects, we’ve prepared a complete guide where you’ll find useful information on all things van-related! Interested?