When we started our bus conversion, Our Argo sleeping arrangements were of prime importance. After all, fitting 7 of us in a tiny home is a challenge. There isn’t any space to squander. This is the time you really want to be practising minimalism!
We’ve stayed in places where we’ve had to put a table down every night to make a bed at the dining booth. Where people set their beds up on the living room couches. And we’ve had kids on the floor, or in a hallway. Most recently on S/V San Mateo Everette and I had to make our bed virtually every day because it had to be ‘put down’ so we could access the “garage” in the bow.
I’m tired of all of that.
I’m tired of people not having their own space that they can retreat to at the drop of a hat. If there’s too many people in their personal space, they need somewhere they can retreat to. Hell, I need somewhere to go to. Somewhere to at least close a curtain and block the rest of the world out.
So in Our Argo sleeping arrangements were planned to be permanent spots. We aren’t looking at this bus conversion as a short term thing. This isn’t just a long camping trip. This is our “home”. Legit beds that were beds all day and all night long. Nothing transitional.
Of course this means that our beds take up a lot of precious real estate in our bus conversion. That’s what we’ve planned, and therefore we’ll be skipping awesome things like a shower (or bath) and spacious kitchen. Sure we’ll miss them, but we think for us our own space is crucial.
It took Everette and I awhile to decide on our master sleeping arrangement. Two basic options:
1. our mattress would lay across the width of the bus with one side of the bed having space where we could stand; the other side would be pressed up under the back window. We could have some storage at the end of our bed.
2. our mattress would lay the length of the bus and we would have to crawl in from the foot of the bed but nobody would be boxed in at the far side of the bed.
We finally decided on #2. That means that laying in bed we both have space on our side of the bed…not for standing, as its all built on a platform. But we have space for our own things such as books & candles. Nobody has to crawl over the other person to get in or out of the bed, which isn’t nice to be always disturbing the other person just because you might have to go pee in the middle of the night. We plan to build some low boxes with lids on each side so that we can store our clothes in but they’ll be easily accessible and look tidy.
Underneath our bed there is plenty of storage. Its a little heavy to lift open with our memory foam mattress and bedding on it, but its a great place to store extra blankets, out-of-season clothes, and the water paraphernalia we aren’t currently using.
Whenever you’ve got a small space you need to be very creative to how you organize things, be mindful of all that you keep, and build storage into every nook and cranny you can find.
Our Argo sleeping arrangements all incorporate a fair amount of storage. Checkout the video to see what I mean.
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