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French bed campervan layout guide

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  Complete campervan layouts 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.

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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.

Sleeping arrangements

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:
French bed layout campervan

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.

Storage considerations

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.

Choose because:

  •   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

Lie on the bed with your partner and check that you’ll both be happy with the size and shape of the bed, as well as access from duvet to washroom in the night.


Our top picks of French bed campervans

For British-built models, check out the Auto-Sleeper Kingham, Elddis Autoquest CV60 and Swift Select 164. If you’re after a continental campervan, consider Rapido’s V62.


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!

Auto-Sleeper Kingham Peugeot-based campervan review

WildAx Elara Mercedes Sprinter-based campervan review


Reviews of French bed campervans

Here are some of our Campervan magazine reviews of some popular French bed campervans.

Rapido V62 French Bed Campervan Review

Rapido V62 campervan review

Based on the extra-long (6.36m) Fiat Ducato panel van, the V62 is, perhaps, the best yet at blurring the divide between van conversions and low-profile coachbuilts. Its layout – with French bed and L-shaped galley – could have come straight out of a bigger motorhome, while features such as the large overcab sunroof are not only new to this class of vehicle but also give a much greater feeling of space inside.

View full review
Elddis Autoquest CV60 French Bed Campervan Review

Elddis CV60 campervan review

This is a great addition to the Elddis campervan line-up and the novel lounge design works equally well as a fixed bed or as a comfy settee. The underslung appliances and tanks free up interior space for generous storage and it’s clear that a lot of thought has gone into this design.

View full review

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