Child’s Bunk Bed

6 07 2013

I finally got around installing the bunk bed above the driver’s and passenger seat. This reproduction from JustKampers is probably pretty close to the original which came with Westfalia campers in the sixties and seventies. The bed arrived with brackets, screws and the required drill bit. The four holding brackets have to be attached to the A and B columns, each with two screws. And voila, there is an extra children’s bed! Yesterday it passed the first critical inspection by its target person, our little wonder girl. In three weeks comes the real thing – the 6th Berlin VW Bus Festival where the little one will hopefully sleep happily and peacefully in the new bed.

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The end user testing the final product.

End user testing the final product.

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Attachment bracket in left A column.

Attachment bracket in left A column.

Attachment bracket in right B column.

Attachment bracket in right B column.


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12 responses

7 07 2013
earthjive

I was thinking of installing one of these in my van for my dog to sleep on. Do you think it would hold a 30kg dog?

10 07 2013
campervancrazy

Thanks for popping by on my blog! I belive the weight would not be a problem. But the width of the metal bars and the width of the bed linen are made quiete precisely to fit the width and A-to-B-column distance of the 1970ies Volkswagen bus. And they need to fit quite snuggly, otherwise the bed is not under enough pressure and the baby or dog sinks in too much, and the bars would be to loose in their holding brackets. I believe JustKampers also sell the mounting brackets alone (Just checked – they do, http://www.justkampers.com/mounting-brackets-for-child-s-bunkbed-j11825-in-vw-t2-bay-1967-1979.html). So you could also think of buying just the brackets, and get the crossbars done at a local metal shop to fit your van exactly (not sure how expensive this is), and to sew the cloth yourself, to fit your van. If you wanted to go in this directions, I could send you some more detail photos of the metal bars and how the ends have to be formed to fit into the attachments brackets.
Love your van restoration project, all the best for it!

12 07 2013
earthjive

Thanks for that info. More detailed photos would be wonderful if you can be bothered! (No hurry, resto project very slow, as I’m sure you have gathered). jivebellhouse@gmail.com is me.

8 07 2013
sirelroka

The end user is awfully cute!

9 07 2013
campervancrazy

Isn’t she 🙂

8 07 2013
ewdb92

Looks great and I hope your little one is as enthusiastic about it as ours. I’ve often wondered how difficult is is to measure all the brackets so they cot is level. How did you measure?

10 07 2013
campervancrazy

The bunk bed came with a good two-page manual that explained where exactly the holes for the mounting brackets needed to be placed, including photos. Worked very well for the A column. For the B column I was not really sure whether the stated height was for the upper or lower hole of the bracket. Tried one and was lucky – it looks pretty horizontal.

29 07 2013
The 6th Berlin Bus Festival | Campervan Crazy

[…] And the first nights in the bus with our almost two-year-old baby daughter sleeping in the new bunk bed in the front. Which actually worked out very well. With the baby we took it all easy and did not take part in […]

14 04 2015
Charlene

Hi we have just bought one did you use a safety net as our 21 month was trying to jump or um fall off ours…..

16 04 2015
campervancrazy

We did not attach any net. But our little one started using it only when she was already two-and-a-half and she is not super adventurous, so never really climbed out on her own. We did consider it in the beginning, though. With the weight of the child, the surface of the bed dips down quite a lot, so she would not role out unintentionally in her sleep. Perhaps best to teach your little one how to climb out of it, and build/prepare a safe way, e.g. over the kitchen block? Best wishes, Roman

20 08 2016
vivawestfalia

We have an original 70s front hammock that is in great condition. One issue I’ve encountered, and no fault of the hammock itself, is when someone gets up to use the loo in the middle of the night camping and wakes everyone else slamming that late bay sliding door (’74-’79, pre ’74s are quieter.) I do love the child hammock for storage too, but now I leave the space between the fronts seats free along with the passenger seat to allow my fellow campers egress with ease.

28 08 2016
The Berlin VW Bus Festival 2016! | Campervan Crazy

[…] rain, but all doable when there is a dry tent and bus. Wonder-daughter enjoyed her very special bunk bed above the driver’s and passenger seats and discovered two routes to climb up to the roof rack […]

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