Designing the interior layout

Posted 26 January 2020 by Ida

sketch of the interior

Designing the interior layout was a true puzzle. Trying to squeeze in as much as possible into such a tiny space was a frustrating task. With only 8.5 squaremeters available and with our ambitious list of functions we wanted to fit, it seemed almost impossible at first.

As it was diffucult to get a real understanding of the limited space by only looking at skethces, we used an adhesive tape to mark up the outer dimension of the camper box on our living room floor. We then went ahead and placed chairs, table, a bed and other items inside the markings to see how it all fit. This was a great approach, that was both fun and a pragmatic way to visualize the space and try out different solutions.

A foldable bed or any type of arrangement where you have to covert some other piece of funiture to make a bed, was for us totally out of the quesiton. It was therefore obvious that the bed should be placed in the back, and lifted from the floor to stay clear of the sloped back wall. The space created underneath made a perfect storage compartment that could be accessed from the outside by hatches on each sides.

It was important to us to be able access the camper part directly from the cabin without have to step out of the truck. This “walk through” from the drivers cabin, had to be placed in the center front wall to comply with the body builder instructions from Mercedes.

A permanent dining area was the next thing to be placed. Altough not essential, we wanted the seats to be facing the driving direction as this would mean they would be leagal to use as passenger seats while driving. We placed two pair of seats opposite eachother on one of the side walls and enoguh space for a dining table in between. We raised the whole seating area to make space og water tanks underneath. As we live in a cold climate, thought it was a good idea to keep the tanks inside the camper to prevent it from freezing when traveling at winter time.

The kitchen was placed just opposite of the dining area. Obviously there’s wasn’t much space left for any large kitchen, but at least we tried to make the counter a bit deeper than most camper we’ve seen to compensate for the short lenght. We managed to fit a large sink, a cooking top and a small. Over the counter we naturally placed an additional wall cabinet and drew in a window between the countertop and this cabinet to let in some light.

The bathroom was the room that we granted the least space. We went for a solutions we picked up at Youtube, where the bathroom is combined with the entry way. The toilet is placed in a tiny cabinet in front corner of the camper next to the entry door. When opening the cabinet door you seal the entryway off from the rest of the camper, and the space created makes a tiny bathroom, with just enough space for a toilet, sink and a small shower. The downside of this soulution is that the main entry door gets blocked while the bathroom is in use, and when entering the camper from the outside you step in to the area that also function as the shower. The advantage it that you get a fully functioning bathroom without taking up alsmost any space at all.

After finishing the sketches, we proceeded to make a 3D drawing in Autodesk Inventor. We were very satisfied with the result – at least on paper, and hopefully it turns out as functional as we intend!