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Old 05-10-2018, 12:29 PM   #1
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skoolie layout feedback

Hi! I'm new here, and my partner and I are in the very (very) beginning stages of buying and converting a short bus. I wanted to share the layout we've come up with to see if we could get any feedback from some pros (since we are so new to all of this!)

Just to explain the layout a bit:

Kitchen: for now we're just going for a microwave or some sort of convection type oven, a sink, and we're thinking a little fridge somewhere. That might have to go under the microwave, and the drawers will change to cupboards. We're going to be using this for weekend trips to campgrounds mostly, so we figure we can do any grilling outside.

Couch: there will be storage underneath the couch, and if you move aside the back cushions, there will be storage under the bed. To the right of the couch we thought having another little storage cupboard and countertop would be useful. The table will swivel in and out so depending on whether you want to use it while sitting on the couch or not.

Bed: Will be a queen sized bed with a headboard (more storage), and also storage accessed from the back doors.

We're also thinking of adding some overtop cupboards above the couch on the left side, but I didn't draw those in.

Anyway, any feedback would be greatly appreciated! We're just winging it here, and of course things may be a bit different once we get in there, but if you see anything that just looks like it could be a huge problem, it would be great to consider ahead of time. Thanks in advance
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Old 05-11-2018, 08:47 PM   #2
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I would go toaster oven or microwave, and since counter space will be at a premium, I would make and upper shelf for it to be stored on. Don't know that I would try and make an upper that I could use it on...
but at least having it out of the road for food prep.

aside from that if the drawing is to scale then it look snug but comfortable.
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Old 05-11-2018, 11:28 PM   #3
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So you crawl over part of the couch to get in the bed? A double burner hot plate uses less power than the microwave and gives you less cancer. Just a thought. Cabinets over the couch will work well if you have a high ceiling. I did that in mine. Also above the kitchen area because both places they aren't in the way of walking. I just try to keep the heavy stuff down low and use the upper cabinets for lighter stuff to keep the bus from being top heavy.
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Old 05-12-2018, 12:00 AM   #4
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In a space that small I would getting out of the 'house thinking' box and thinking multi-function - do I need a bed AND a couch? No - I personally would never need both at the same time. A better use of the space would be a couch that converts into a bed. Not just for space reasons but functionality - you wanna have to crawl over your couch to get into bed? Sure you've got to figure out a way of easily/quickly putting the bed stuff away in the day but..

The same goes for every aspect/component - think hard about how you can utilise every space the most effectively. For example, you could mount that microwave on the wall in a cabinet (though I wouldn't recommend you put a microwave anywhere but in the garbage) - why use some of the tiny amount of countertop you have to sit it on it?
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Old 05-12-2018, 12:02 AM   #5
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I just try to keep the heavy stuff down low and use the upper cabinets for lighter stuff to keep the bus from being top heavy.
People put steel roof racks on buses then full them full of stuff and they don't fall over. Your kitchen utensils will make no difference to how your bus drives whether they're on the floor or taped to the ceiling.
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Old 05-15-2018, 01:48 PM   #6
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This was all great feedback, thanks!
We've also revised the floor plan a bit (based on some comments here and also some ideas we've had on our own).

Everyone we show does seem to be weirded out by the climbing over the couch to get to the bed thing, but for us it's not a huge deal and it seems to be one of the few ways we can have a longer couch in there!

Anyway, here are some revised floorplans (same plan, just different angles), feedback is always appreciated Also, I just want to share for anyone else who's looking for floor plans, maybe I can give some ideas.
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Old 05-15-2018, 02:19 PM   #7
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No toilet???
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Old 05-15-2018, 06:05 PM   #8
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We've been going back and forth on the toilet situation for awhile! I personally kind of want one, but my boyfriend thinks it'll take up too much space. Where could we put it in this layout?
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I put a cabinet above the couch (though mine is a bed) and hedged my bet a bit by making the sides of it from a woven mesh (Harbor Freight stuff). I supported it from straps on the ceiling and firmly on the wall. The bottom is made of what used to be known as package tray cardboard like what was used between the rear seat and back window of old cars. I can't begin to count the times I have been thankful for the give when I've stood up and whacked my head on it. I'll post a picture of it when the slide out is retracted but it will give you an idea of what it looks like. Jack

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Old 05-16-2018, 08:24 AM   #10
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Oh, this is a good idea. I hadn't really considered it as I'm very short, but my boyfriend is about a foot taller than me so this might be a concern for him! Something to consider, thanks
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