When his 3-year-old daughter began to outgrow her crib, her dad, blogger DIYDad decided to build her a unique VW Bus Bed. He outlines his process below. The best part, it cost him less than $100.00!
The DIYDad picked up some spare VW parts from Craigslist for free.
Instead of building the entire bed from scratch, he decided to modify an existing bunk bed, building panels that hang off the bed frame and can be removed.
4×4 posts were dremeled out to make the bed frame taller.
2×3 framing was used that would be eventually bolted into the bottom frame, and secured to top metal frame using u-bolts.
The base of the â€œbumper boxâ€ is built. It will hold the electronics and steering wheel. It hooks to the front.
The front of the bumper box is built and faced with a piece of thin plywood. The side is also framed with plywood.
Doors were installed on one side using simple hinges.
The wheels were pre-cut and purchased at a box store. The hubcaps purchased from Craigslist were then installed on top.
The wheels were then removed to sand the bus bed to get it ready for painting.
The top rack was painted silver, and the bus was given its trademark two-tone paint job.
The inside dashboard is mounted on a piano hinge. Complete with steering wheel and speedometer.
A kid-size hammock was installed inside the bus bed.
The fabric squares were attached using spray adhesive by DIYDadâ€™s wife.