One of the luxuries about using a large van as a base vehicle was that I could fit a proper dining area in. Because of the way I had positioned the kitchen and bed, I was able to use these as the back supports for the campervan seats, which was a nice use of space. The table would then be positioned in between the two chairs.
The bases for the chairs had already been constructed earlier in the build, so the next step was to make the seat cushions. I wanted them to be nice and comfortable so used a thick foam material. I bought this in large pieces and cut them to size. They were a bit awkward to shape and I used a combination of jigsaw, hand saw and Stanley knife, tapering the back pieces so they were thicker in the lumber area and thinner at the top. Later, I ended up adding even more foam to the lumber area to provide better support.
Once the cushions were made, I enlisted the help of someone who could sew to make me some covers for them!
I thought about different ways of constructing the table as I wanted to make sure it was well supported but also had plenty of leg room underneath. In the end I secured one side to the van wall and supported the other side with a breakfast bar leg. It’s really solid.
First I screwed a horizontal lat to the wall of the van. The table was then attached to this using angled brackets. The breakfast bar leg has wide supporting struts at the top and simply screwed up into the table top. The height of the leg is adjustable, so it was easy to get the table perfectly level.
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