It seems like every time we are out working on the bus, I have a new idea about how to arrange things. You know how it is. You have to get used to a space and what it feels like before you can truly understand what you’re working with. In any case, Anthony was no doubt becoming annoyed with my musings, which usually amounted to nothing as we concluded that the previously agreed upon floor plan was still the best option. That is, until the other day.
We were finishing up the insulation and paneling on the walls of the bus, and I seem to think it was Anthony who said something about putting the kids in the back where we had designed a Master Bedroom-ish and then putting a Murphy-style bed for us where we had planned on putting the kids’ bunks. At the very beginning of planning, our original idea was to put our bed in the front as a sort of living space/bedroom to it could double as sitting space, but we couldn’t get a Full size bed to work in the plans and the thought of sleeping on anything Futon related made my hips ache to think of it. So, we settled on putting our bed in back over the huge engine hump. This made a lot of sense design wise as it fit back there perfectly once Anthony built a little bunk for the mattress to set on, which allowed for storage underneath. This layout would also allow us to have a door to shut for privacy, if such a thing exists in an RV.
The problem we kept having is that because of where the wheel-wells were and where the black and grey water tanks had to go, there was only one place to put the toilet and shower, which pretty much determined the rest of the layout. I was not too keen on cooking in the kitchen with my back practically up against one of the kids’ bunks and/or storage areas. (By the way, we never posted a pic of the layout with the kids’ bunks only on one side of the bus, so don’t go looking for it here. It allowed for a bigger kitchen for me.) No more late night popcorn snacks for us without waking up the kids! So when Anthony suggested a possible layout change, I was all ears.
What he suggested is putting the three kids’ bunks in the back parallel to the bus, side-by-side, right next to each other. We already have some storage and things built back there, o we would have to work around that. The bunk in back is roughly 54×88″. It was enough to fit a Full Sized bed (which we are used to sleeping in already) perpendicular across the width of the bus. 54″ is much too short for the length of most people, but our children are still small and, for the time being, it will work. I have an idea for building in drop down extensions when the time comes.
We want the kids to each have their own little space or cubby to be able to get away and read or play quietly and this new arrangement would still provide that. The storage space back there is a little less that what they had before, but we would likely make them a closet area above the back wheel wells next to ours to expand it. We have looked over a hundred RV or Skoolie layouts it seems and have not seen one layed out like this yet.
The Murphy bed would be horizontal and parallel to the bus pretty much directly across from the kitchen. What this means is that we can easily push our bed back up against the wall when not in use and allow for more walking/working area in the kitchen. Under the bed will feature storage to hang my pans, spice rack and other kitchen do-dads, so when the bed is up, there will be a wall with much of my kitchen go-to things. We are devising ways to hang these items so they don’t fall when the bed is lifted to be put away or being put down. I’m excited!
Here is the final layout (probably not):