Single bed campervan layout guide
Perhaps you have twin beds at home or you want to be able to get out of bed easily without clambering over your partner. Maybe you want flexibility for use of your campervan by different family members and friends. If this sounds familiar, a single bed layout could be the answer.
- Why choose a single bed layout?
- Our top tips
- Top choices for single bed campervans
- Single bed campervan videos
- Reviews of single bed campervans
- About Campervan magazine
Introduction to single bed campervans
Fixed single beds are fitted in a number of panel van conversions, some as short as 6m overall, although most are around 6.4 metres. Although very popular today, this layout is a relatively recent development, so it’s scarcer in older used campervans. Single bed layouts are popular on the Continent, so you'll mainly find them in the ranges of German, French and Italian brands.
Why a single bed layout?
Fixed single beds are mounted at the very rear of the campervan. Usually, these have a big garage beneath, and many fold out of the way during the day, creating a large loading area for things like bikes or kayaks, with lashing points on the floor.
Most of the layouts offer the possibility to convert the singles into a giant double with a centre infill, giving you the choice of cosy double bed sleeping in winter and separate beds in summer, or the flexibility of using your campervan with friends and other family members.
A typical single bed campervan layout:
Bed sizes are often an issue, as feet cannot usually overhang. Many have unequal-length mattresses, typically dictating ‘his and hers’ sleeping, but this is unhelpful if you’re both tall. Access is often via a couple of steps, which provide storage for things like shoes. The washroom is ahead of the bedroom and some extend into the aisle and have doors to close them off, creating an en suite or dressing room.
Usually, there is a big garage below the bed, but this depends on how high the bed is. Low beds will offer more headroom for sitting up in bed but have less storage below; high beds will provide a big garage but headroom will be restricted. Look out for cupboards that will be uncomfortably low above your pillow, as it's surprising how many fixed single bed layouts don't allow you to sit up in bed.
Why choose a single bed campervan layout?
If you don’t want to be climbing over each other to get out of bed when nature calls in the middle of the night, then single beds could be the answer. Similarly, single beds are ideal if you sometimes go camping with different family members or friends.
We have twin single beds at home
I need easy access in and out of bed
We often travel to hot climates and want cooler sleeping arrangements
I might go camping with friends or other family members sometimes
Other family members might use our campervan
Our top tips for buying a single bed layout campervan
Single bed campervan videos
Here are some of our Campervan magazine videos featuring single 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!
Malibu Van Charming GT 640 LE RB single bed campervan review
Globecar Campscout Elegance campervan review
Reviews of single bed campervans
Here are some of our Campervan magazine reviews of some popular single bed campervans.
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