Convert Your Van Ltd – Small Van Layout Guide

With a small camper by far, the most common layout is the side conversion with rock and roll bed, it is tried and tested and works. However, there are some alternatives to the standard side layout for smaller vans such as the VW T4 and T5 and SWB Transits, etc. which may suit some people better. Below is a brief guide to choosing/designing your campervan/motorhome layout, there are example layouts as well as hints and tips on how to decide what you want if there isn’t a layout listed here that is right for you. For example layouts for larger camper vans/motorhomes/race vans check the other layout guide pages on our site.

When deciding on a layout it is good practice to look at what has been done before, go to motorhome shows or large dealers where you can have a browse around. Bear in mind that what might look great in a photo (or layout diagram), might not be ideal for everyone in practice, so to go and have a look inside and a walk round existing motorhomes can give you a better idea of what you can expect to fit in a given sized van.

The next thing to consider is that when it comes to a camper van interior, everything is always a compromise, the ideal would be a coach sized motorhome to fit everything in that you want, but that would fit in a car parking space at the local supermarket, and that obviously isn’t possible! So it comes down to compromise. Decide what you need in your camper, what you’d like in your camper, and what you could do without. For example, how many secondhand motorhomes/campervans/caravans do you see where the shower has never been used? Do you need one? Some people will, some people won’t.

If you already have your van, once you have a layout in mind it is a good idea to try it in the van, this can be done by drawing it on the floor or marking it with tape, you can then get an idea of what space will be left, what gaps you’ll have to walk through, etc. And don’t forget the wheel arches! Arches can often get in the way of fridges, toilets, etc, so try to bare them in mind when planning your layout.

Below you will find some example layouts with approximate prices for furniture and cushions (prices are a guide and can vary either way depending on van model and finer details – please see prices page for more details). The diagrams are intended as a guide, you could possibly combine your favourite parts of more than one layout to come up with something that is right for you. If there is nothing that seems ideal, you can always email us with your own unique layout and we can give you a quote based on that, all we need is a detailed description or better still a diagram and we can give you an accurate quote.

These layouts would tend to suit vans such as the VW T4, Caravelle, T5, SWB Transit, Vivaro, Vito, etc,

Please note: Prices shown are intended as a guide and are for furniture and cushions only, they don’t include any appliances, lining, windows, etc
(See Prices page for further details of all prices)

The layout shown below is the most common in the smaller low roof van conversion and is often seen in SWB/LWB VW T4s and T5s, Mazda Bongos, etc. It is our standard side conversion with wardrobe and kitchen unit running down the side of the van with a rock and roll (pull out bed) bed at the rear. Small variations are available with this layout, eg mounting the bed further forward to give a boot area or adding a buddy seat/rear facing seat behind the front seats.

Fitted side conversion prices start at £1295 with flat pack kits starting at £1095. See Prices page for further details.

These next layouts are a little different for an SWB/LWB low roof van (eg Volkswagen Transporter, Mercedes Vito, Vauxhall Vivaro) and show either an L-shape seating area or side facing settee with a small rear wardrobe and a kitchen unit running down the opposite side of the van. The L-shape perhaps gives a more comfy setup, but the single side facing settee allows walk-through access to the front of the van if you have a single passenger seat.

Fitted Prices from £1895 for low roof van – See Prices page for further details
(please enquire for supply only flat pack prices)