Longing to hit the open road? Whether you’re envisioning epic long weekend road trips or you want to make your family’s on-the-go adventures a touch cozier, reimagining the camper van is the coolest way to add style, comfort and personality to your ride. From maximizing compact spaces with unexpected storage to brightening your home-on-wheels with colourful customizations, these camper van design ideas bring serious wanderlust to your wheels.
A platform bed with room underneath is the perfect way to double-up on functionality in a camper van. If you’re storing larger, unwieldy gear – think bikes, surfboards or skis – you’ll want to keep the space open for easy in-and-out access when you reach your destination. Keep your storage space neat (and stylish) by adding a fabric curtain in a bold pattern for a lively look that doesn’t get in the way.
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Create a Closet
Banish wrinkles (and keep your wardrobe essentials in check) even in tight spaces. Equipped with sleek, interior-matching sliding doors to maximize space, a bedside hanging closet adds organization and a modern feel to Jeff’s Sprinter van.
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Love to change things up? Chalkboard details can be practical or purposeful – and seriously playful. Whether you install ready-made chalkboards or use chalkboard paint to DIY your interior, the end result is an element that lets you get creative with everything from hand-drawn portraits to inspiring quotes to to-do lists on your walls.
Worried about where to stow your stuff? Adding overhead storage makes the most of tall camper van interiors – opt for classic cabinets with elegant hardware for a nod to nostalgia in a retro design.
Bring on the Backsplash
There’s no getting around the small-scale lifestyle in a camper van, but designing distinct areas for sleeping, eating and relaxing makes a compact space feel much larger. When it comes to creating a kitchen, adding a backsplash – like these classic subway tiles – delineates the area.
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The Right Sway
Is there anything more Insta-worthy than a cozy hammock swaying amid the trees? More than just a photo opp, a hammock or swing adds extra seating and comfort to your #vanlife living space. (And added bonus: you can buy one for under $100). Whether installed inside of the camper or attached to the exterior, a van hammock will have you excited to park (and nap).
Sweeten Your Space
Who says on-the-road style has to be rugged? Incorporating delicate details like lace and woven wicker is a simple way to add a pretty, vintage feel to your aesthetic.
Cast a Wide Net
Dial up the dreamy. Hanging soft, sheer tulle netting in the back of your van is a cost-effective way to make a big design impact. Bonus? Netting isn’t just pretty – it also helps keep bugs at bay when the doors are open.
A fresh coat or two of white or pastel-hued paint energizes wood-panel walls – the clean, bright feel is an especially clever choice to add lightness to van interiors that aren’t equipped with side windows.
Have fun with your camper van interior by incorporating a bright mix of prints. Bold prints – especially a combination of different designs – pack major playful punch in compact spaces. Florals and stripes? Tropical botanicals and dots? Go wild.
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Take on Textiles
Go beyond basic – enliven the walls and ceiling of your camper van by hanging a mix of bold, dynamic fabric panels in a combination of hues, prints and patterns.
Look Under the Bed
When it comes to living a small space, every nook and cranny matters. Custom under-bed shelving adds storage possibilities, while creating a contemporary cabin-like feel to the van.
Timber From Top to Bottom
Using the same style of wooden panelling for the floor, bed and ceiling creates a cohesive, neutral look in close quarters. With floor-to-ceiling wood creating a consistent foundation, you can change up the look with bright accents like colourful throw pillows and blankets.
Lunch With a View
Elevate your meal-prep-on-wheels with a kitchen that brings in the fresh air. By situating the kitchenette so that it overlaps with the open side door, you create an open-air cooking area whenever and wherever you park.
Set a cozy scene for your next adventure: rustic details like grainy wood, natural textures and neutral tones make a perfect match for journeys into the great outdoors.
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