Building the framework of your Van can be done in so many ways, there are cheaper options of doing things or slightly more expensive. I didn’t stress on cost with this as I wanted this part including the insulation to be over-engineered so I knew it wouldn’t cause any issues in the future. That being said, it was absolutely affordable.
To begin the floor you will first want to make sure it’s clean of dirt and unwanted stains, you will need to level out the floor and create a space for the insulation to go into. For my build, I used ½ inch plywood as a frame to level things out, create a cavity for my insulation, and then a plywood subfloor which will be what you attach the actual floor to later.
For the final flooring I used this Vinyl Plank, a lot of people will use Vinyl Plank because it’s affordable, looks nice, and super easy to install! In addition to my research, I also loved it for the features below 🙂
Worth mentioning, Laminate flooring is also a very common option in Vans if you want that real wood look, scratch-resistant, and also easy installation.
Now in terms of my walls, Ford Transits have a slight curve to the internal walls so you can either use something to make them straight or build with the curved walls as is which is common too. I used 2 ½ x, 1.2-inch wood boards, to create a sturdy wall structure that had some bend to it that would form to my transit walls, this also created a cavity for the insulation and what my final outer wall would attach to. I have seen builders use Plywood boards as it also has some bend to it to form the Van walls.
It’s at this stage you will want to have your ideal vision (colours/style) picked out, which in my opinion is the fun part!! So have fun with it and let the Pinterest boards begin 🙂
Cassandra Rae, xo