Budget cabinet ideas

glennbtn

#1
Hi All

Looking at building my own camper shortly, based on a Vauxhall Vivaro.

I don't have the space or want to spend the money on expensive furniture ply that the pros use. After some budget ideas for the cabinets on my 1st build any advice here would be great

Thanks

Glenn
 

groyne

Full Member
#2
Quite a few people buy Ikea units and cut them down, others make them out of MDF and laminate or paint them. Several ways to do them, it just depends what sort of finish you want.
 

john1974

#3
mine were made of ply, and I have left them like that.. quite like the look.. they do the job although haven't quite finished..

will try and get a photo..
 

john1974

#4

Nev Simpson

#5
Nothing to laugh about there John, damn that's good work and inspirational too!

Good Work Fella!
 

izwozral

Full Member
#6

DnK

Full Member
#7
I had to laugh because all I am getting is two images of a No Entry sign on a checkerplate background. Strange, it appears by the LIKES received, other members have seen proper pics?
Same for me!
 

Deleted member 951

#8
I'm getting pictures of the kitchen area in a PVC.

Very nice it looks too.
 

glennbtn

#9
Same with me. Just a chequered page with a no entry sign

How odd
 
#10
Hi All

Looking at building my own camper shortly, based on a Vauxhall Vivaro.

I don't have the space or want to spend the money on expensive furniture ply that the pros use. After some budget ideas for the cabinets on my 1st build any advice here would be great

Thanks

Glenn
Weight, weight, weight!!! Weigh everything you put in it and record the weights.
The ply used is much lighter than, i think, you will use

If you,re not careful itll be over 3.5t in no time!:idea-007:
 

Byronic

Free Member
#11
You don't mention whether you have plenty of time to spend on the conversion.
But if you do, then one of the lightest and cheapest ways of fitting out a van
interior is to construct in a timber and ply panel face method. The ply
only needs to be 3.76mm (nominally 4mm) 8 x 4 sheets with single face
veneer if you want a timber finish, or just low grade if you cover with
the ubiquitous glued polyprop. carpet liner. The frames softwood 40x18mm
The ply can be knife cut along a steel straight edge. Door frames faced both
sides of the frame to give rigidity, finished with simple mouldings mitred
at corners.
A few pics to give you the idea.
 

Jays

Free Member
#13
Good pics?
I am not yet convinced on the fixed bed in a p.v.c!
Waste of limited space in my opinion?
 

groyne

Full Member
#14
I am not yet convinced on the fixed bed in a p.v.c!
Waste of limited space in my opinion?
I'm going for a fixed bed in my new build as I want a reasonably large garage to put my boat in.
 
#15
Budget Cabinet ideas

I would increase the pension and the winter fuel allowance.



Oh, it's not a political question then?

:have fun:
 

john1974

#16
thanks Jay..


i don't know.. I have had both FB and non FB before.. but that was a long time ago and not relevant as neither vehicle (tiny british and large armerican - campers) went very far..

I miss another place to sit, with a decent table.. but I really like the bed always there and no fuss.. if I had to change that part of van it wouldn't be that tough.. I will leave it for now and do some more trips .. :)
 
#17
Weight, weight, weight!!! Weigh everything you put in it and record the weights.
The ply used is much lighter than, i think, you will use

If you,re not careful itll be over 3.5t in no time!:idea-007:
Doubt if you want to be close to, let alone 3.5t in a Vivaro :p

I used IKEA units in my LWB T5, so a similar sized vehicle
I had 7 cupboards with a total run length of 4.2M as well as as quite a few sheets of standard Ply sheet as bases and tops and IIRC the whole vehicle weighed in at around 2.3t including fuel and all camping gear, so plenty of payload left over (mine is a 3.0t GVW)
 

suneye

Full Member
#18
Good pics?
I am not yet convinced on the fixed bed in a p.v.c!
Waste of limited space in my opinion?
We bought a van with a fixed bed and I thought the same and we had plans to change it. I was wrong, very wrong. We realized very quickly that it was brilliant and would definitely not change it. We have adapted the storage under the bed to suit us and it has meant we can keep the living bit of the van uncluttered. I went away with my brother the other week and I thought never in a million years would all that moving stuff around and the whole space being taken up by the bed suit me now.
 

Jays

Free Member
#19
With our p.v.c we have a rear lounge, with a back bulkhead to give vertical storage in the back, this eliminates the leakage/draughs from the back doors.
We can the sit with our feet up on each side of the van, this then turns into the bed.
 

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