French bed campervan layout guide
A French bed refers to a fixed double bed arranged lengthways against a side wall of the ’van, either offside or nearside, often with a corner cut off to allow access to a washroom. Here, we take a look in detail at French bed campervan layouts.
- Why choose a French layout?
- Our top tips
- Top choices for French bed campervans
- French bed campervan videos
- Reviews of French bed campervans
- About Campervan magazine
Introduction to French bed campervans
The French bed layout is a popular choice in the UK motorhome sector, and so it's started to make an appearance in panel van conversions. However, since campervans are narrower than coachbuilt motorhomes, choice is more limited.
Why a French bed layout?
The benefit of this floorplan is that you tend to get more living space in the front area. Two-berth models might have a large sofa along one side, while others have a dinette with a two-seated belted travel bench so that four can travel.
There are some important factors to consider when choosing: because most French beds share space in the rear with the washroom alongside, the ratio of bed to washroom is crucial. A 4ft-wide bed will leave a little over 2ft for the washroom. However good the bed, the sleeper next to the wall will have to climb over their partner to reach the loo.
A typical French bed campervan layout:
Then there’s the washroom door. Sliding or tambour doors often work best, but you still need room to access the ablutions, so the bed usually narrows towards the foot to make space. This ‘chopped off’ corner can see the sleeper on that side with a leg dangling.
Check out the underbed storage capacity carefully because some can be very cluttered with heaters, water tanks and the like, which will limit what you can store under here. Access through the rear doors can also vary, so check how easy it is to get at the underbed storage area.
Why choose a French bed campervan layout?
A French bed refers to a fixed double bed arranged lengthways against a side wall of the campervan, either offside or nearside. One corner is usually 'cut off' in order to allow access to a washroom. The advantage is that you often get a spacious lounge or a dinette with a travel bench for two passengers.
We want a fixed double bed
We only need a two-berth campervan
Having a space up front is important
I don't want to make up beds every night
We like an en suite-style bedroom
Our top tips for buying a French bed layout campervan
French bed campervan videos
Here are some of our Campervan magazine videos featuring French bed layouts. We hope you enjoy watching them as much as we enjoyed making them. It you like them and want to support the making of more videos like these, then don't forget to 'Like' or 'Subscribe' as it really helps us - thank you!
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Reviews of French bed campervans
Here are some of our Campervan magazine reviews of some popular French bed campervans.
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