Sleeping

Rest is the best after a long day of adventure

What are the sleeping options so you can rest easy on the road? Read this info sheet to find out. Then complete our Sleeping Checklist

Many Ways to Sleep Soundly on the Road

One of the game-changing features of a converted van is being able to pull over and sleep anywhere—in the city, in the wilderness, in a parking space, at the edge of the world. 

There are probably as many types of beds as there are people to sleep in them, from bunk beds to loft beds to convertible beds. We’ll go into detail about the most common options. But before we do, let’s cover the first most basic question you need to answer: will you have a dedicated bed or not?

Go Ultra-Minimal

If you’d rather use indoor van real estate on gear than furniture, you might decide to not have a bed at all. While many of our bed systems are removable and have “garage” storage underneath – making them versatile for work, play, or sleeping – some customers don’t want a dedicated bed. 

If this describes you, consider these non-bed sleeping options for vanlife:

  • Sleeping bag and pad on the floor of the van
  • A hammock strung inside the van, end to end (we’ve done it!)
  • A blow-up mattress on the floor
  • A tent for outdoor camping

Only the Levity Local can be configured without a bed. 

Bed Options

If you want to be comfortable and have that “at home” feeling, add a bed to your van build. The classic vanlife design puts the bed in the back and over time, we’ve found this to be the most efficient use of space. Both the Local and Lifestyle have this design. 

However, in our first-ever build, we had a front-to-back bed which converted in a dining table. 

What type of bed is right for you? To find out, first know your answers to these questions:

  • How many people will typically sleep in your van?
  • How about your trip lengths?
  • How tall is the tallest person in your group?
  • What other indoor features are important to you?

Your usual slumber party size dictates how many beds you need. If you’re sleeping a family of 4, for example, you’ll want to examine different options than a solo traveler. If you’re mostly doing weekend surf trips alone, you might get away with a more minimal bed. If you’re traveling for months, you’re going to want to be comfortable.

Your height also makes a difference. At 5’4″, for example, Levity Van’s co-owner Bez can easily sleep in a sideways oriented bed in a van. Owner Jimmy, however, at 6’2″ can not, as his toes (or head) will hit the walls of the van all night. For a taller sleeper, you’ll need to add popout panels around your bed area. We’ll talk more about those below.

Minimalist Sleeping

No bed? No problem! Use a hammock or a sleeping bag and pad on the floor. 

If you plan to store tons of gear in the van, you might not want a bed

Budget travelers enjoy making due with few features

Bed Options

With so many types of bed to choose from, start with clarifying your needs. 

Your group size and trip length matter for sleeping arrangements

If you're tall (or short), it affects your options

The Most Common Types of Beds

While many creative options exist for sleeping in a van, here are the most common styles of bed we see and install. 

One of the primary features that separate car camping from vanlife is the ability to sleep in your van. Nothing provides more freedom on the road than being able to pull over and safely sleep anytime, anywhere. With the discretion of blackout window curtains, you can rest easy in the privacy of your own tiny home.

Here are the basic styles of beds. Within each style exist pre-made options, like those from our friends at RB Components, to custom options, like the dining table turned bed we designed in our first van.

Loft Beds

The most simple type of bed is a loft bed: essentially a mattress on a platform roughly three feet off the floor of the van. The advantage of a loft bed is they are affordable and simple, plus offer cool storage options in the space beneath the bed. Put drawers or shelves underneath to store clothes, or seal off the storage area from the inside of the van and have a “garage” in the back for outdoor gear or more long-term storage. You access the “garage” through your back doors. The loft beds in both the Local and the Lifestyle are made of removable panels that can stack to take up less space when you’re not using the bed.

Sleeper Sofa

If you want to lounge in the day and rest at night, consider a sleeper sofa. These convertible pieces give your bed a dual purpose, which is a good idea when adding as many features as you want to a small space. Sofa beds can face either direction in your van—side to side or front to back—and come in manual or motorized. The manual sofa beds fold out like a futon and are easy . to work with. Motorized provides extra luxury, but as with all things electric be aware that machinery can malfunction and require more maintenance than manual counterparts.

Dinettes-Turned-Beds

Another way to double up function is to turn your dining room into your bedroom at night. Many options exist, including two benches facing each other with a table in the middle, and a U-shaped dining area with a table that adds the missing piece to form the bed at night.

Dinettes-turned-beds can convert into one full or queen-sized bed or two twin beds for couples or travelers who like their own space.

Bunk Beds

If you have more than two people traveling, adding a bunkbed turns your vehicle into a family van. Most bunk beds hang on tracks mounted to the wall and fold up flat against the wall when not in the use.

Sleeper sofas, dinette-beds, and bunk beds are only available in the fully custom Levity Legend. If you plan to include one in your own DIY conversion, our DIY Shop can install it for you. 

Loft Bed

Also called a panel bed, this basic bed offers good storage underneath its platform.

photo example shows the Levity Lifestyle

Stacks when not in use to take up less space

The perfect option for 1-2 sleepers

Dinettes-Turned-Beds

Dining table by day, bedroom by night. Free up space in your van with multi-purpose features.

photo example from our a Levity Legend custom build

Two bench seats with a table in the middle convert into a full-sized bed or two twins

In the U-shaped option, a center table lowers to complete the puzzle

Sleeper Sofa

Give your bed a second life as a sofa during the day. 

photo example from our friends at RB Components

Can orient side to side or front to back in your van, depending on your layout

Comes in electric or manual

Bunk beds

Traveling with more than 2? Bunk beds allow everyone to sleep comfortably.

photo example from our friends at RB Components

Fold up against the wall when not in use

Perfect for families or groups of singles

Window Treatments: Privacy and Atmosphere

It’s hard to get a good night’s sleep with a streetlight or the full moon blazing through your window. (Fashionable) window coverings to the rescue!

Curtains

Just like in your non-mobile house, curtains slide left or right and tie up on the side. They are an affordable way to go but offer the least amount of privacy and protection due to light leaking in and out around the edge of the curtains.

Blinds

Blinds go up and down on a string, just like the ones at home. They provide a sleek look and the tuck away seamlessly, with no storage necessary. They are more costly to install and don’t insulate as well as the other options.

Window coverings

Window coverings are the most efficient for insulating your van from both the hot and cold outside. They snap, velcro, or magnet to the frame of your van. Opt for blackout coverings if you want the most privacy and insulation. No one will be able to see in your van or be able to tell that your lights are on, even at night. Most window coverings fold up and attach right above the window. Others are removed completely, folded, and stored in a drawer or bin when not in use.

Color and Style 

How it looks and feels inside of your van matters for your overall happiness. At Levity Vans, we want your van to be functional and beautiful. We offer many fabric and color choices for window treatments.

The Levity Lifestyle comes with window coverings standard. They can be added to any van.  

Curtains

Pull sideways along a rod or wire, just like the ones at home.

Tuck away neatly and require no storage

Blinds

Pull them up and down to open and close.

Tuck away neatly and require no storage

Window Coverings

Snap, velcro, or magnet to the walls of the van.

Provide the most privacy and insulation

Our Pricing

The Levity Local

Sleek and functional while still warm and beautiful, the Local has the essentials you need without the extras you don’t. It’s perfect for: 

  • Minimalists
  • The adventure-minded who use their van for outdoor recreation 
  • Those who want a sleepable travel van on a tighter budget 

Removable bed system / Solar electric / Full insulation and ventilation / Waterproof floor / L-track to secure gear / + Add features like kitchen galley, outdoor shower, cabin heat, & more

$45K average price

Customizable

+ or – features to fit your lifestyle and budget

The Levity Lifestyle

This home-on-wheels makes spontaneous adventuring a breeze. Just pack up your stuff and leave your life behind – while taking all the comforts of home with you. 

  • Part-time adventurers who value comfort and ease
  • Glampers and festival-goers who want to upgrade from a tent to a tiny home
  • Full-time travelers whose van is their dream home

Queen bed / Full kitchen / Indoor dining / Outdoor shower / Composting toilet / Cabinets / Solar power / Robust electrical system to power appliances / + Add features like hot water, indoor bathroom, rooftop deck, & more

$95K average price

Customizable

+ or – features to fit your lifestyle and budget

The DIYer

You’re kicking a** and building your dream van – but need just a little help with the features beyond your skillset. Or you’re stuck trying to figure out how it will all fit together, and it’s been a few months (or years) – and you need help.

We install one-off features for DIYers and offer hourly consultation to take your project from stress to success.

Windows / Vent fans/ Electrical work / Solar / Cabin & water heaters / Flares / Seats / Swivels / Project consultation & more

Priced per project

 

The Levity Legend

Bring your unique vision to life with our fully custom option, the Legend. The sky is the limit. We partner with you from start to finish as we design and execute your masterpiece. Best suited for:

  • Vanlife connoisseurs who want the ultimate adventure vehicle
  • Business van uses like mobile offices or kitchens
  • Those with unique recreation needs

Fully custom / Your unique design / Get exactly what you want / Create a legend / Our most extensive and expensive option 

Time & Materials 

Due to the extensive nature of custom work, this is our most extensive and expensive option.

If budget is a top concern, we advise selecting the Local or the Lifestyle.

How do you decide what’s right for you?

Our three biggest tips as you’re dreaming about your van:

  • Do your research
  • Know what you want
  • Know your budget

This sets you up for success because you’ll know what features you need and which ones you don’t. You’ll end up with a van that works for you and your lifestyle – not anyone else’s. Because that’s what vanlife is all about – freedom to be yourself, travel on your own terms, and enjoy the natural world without the typical hassles of camping or limitations of RVs.

We’ll build a van that works for you.

Learn more about our van models here. 

Visit the DIY Shop here. 

Sleeping Checklist

🛌Do you want a dedicated bed?

  • Yes
  • No, I’ll use a hammock or sleeping bag on the floor

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦How many people will you usually sleep in your van?

  • 1 or 2
  • More than 2

🎭Are you taller or shorter than average (5’4″ to 5’10”)?

  • Yes, taller
  • Yes, shorter
  • Yes, both!
  • No

🛋What types of beds interest you?

  • Loft/panel bed
  • Sofa bed
  • Dinette-turned-bed
  • Bunk beds
  • Another type of bed

🌅Do you want window treatments?

  • Yes, curtains
  • Yes, blinds
  • Yes, window coverings
  • No

❓What other sleeping features are you considering?

  • We want to hear about them!

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