Framing The Walls

Material List: 

  1. Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System
  2. Drywall Screws (for metal studs)
  3. Kreg Pocket Hole Screws
  4. Kreg Square Driver Bit
  5. 2×4 wood studs
  6. 2×2 wood studs
  7. 1×4 wood boards

Once the floor was installed, I (Rebecca) tried to map out the floorplan with painters tape to make sure that everything would fit and be functional before we started framing. Even though we had an idea of the layout we wanted, it was helpful to see it for reassurance.

Framing1.jpgFraming2.jpgWe framed the beds with a combination of 2×4’s and 2×2’s. A 1×4 was bolted to the metal van wall, and we attached our bed frames to the 1×4 with screws. This gives us the ability to easily remove the bed frames if we ever need to.

For the top of the bed, we used a 1/2 finished plywood cut to size. Further along in the build process we ended up making a couple changes to the bed platform for easier access to the storage below; more on that to come.

Framing3.jpgOur walls were framed with 2×2 studs. The ends were cut at an angle to fit inside the van’s “window” openings. There isn’t really any science behind it; we just used trial and error until we got the angle right.

The 2×2’s were attached to the walls with metal stud drywall screws. We used Kreg Pocket Hole Screws for the rest of the wood framing. These have a longer chisel tip that aids in preventing the wood from splitting.

Framing5.jpg

Final Thoughts:

  • Overall we were pretty happy with the way the bed frames and walls came together.
  • The Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System was a great tool to have throughout the entire project. Highly recommended!
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