Creating the perfect interior for your camper van isn't just about functionality; it's also about creating a space that you like to look at. Here are some things to consider:
Materials Matter: 1/4" Wood Paneling vs. Tongue and Groove Planks
Most DIYers opt for 1/4" wood paneling for several good reasons. It's easy to work with, has some flexibility (allowing it to curve slightly to match your van's profile), and offers versatility in finishing options. Another, less common, choice is tongue and groove planks, which can add a unique aesthetic to your interior but aren’t as flexible.
Finishing Options: Brightening Up Your Space
Lighter Colors: Whenever possible, go for lighter colors. This will just make your van feel larger.
Upholstered Finish: This option offers a clean and professional appearance. However, it can be a bit more challenging to clean in the long run.
Painted Finish: Painting your interior wall panels gives you the freedom to pick your colors. It's a popular choice because well-
Stain Finish: Staining the wood paneling can is a great option for those who appreciate the warmth and natural look of wood.
Smart Spacing for Furring Strips
If you're using furring strips to secure your interior wall panels, space them strategically. Try to place the strips so you can efficiently utilize stock width panels. For example, consider spacing your studs every 4 feet to ensure you have edges to secure your panels to. This approach maximizes your materials and minimizes waste.
In the end, creating the perfect interior for your camper van is a mix of practicality and aesthetics. Your van is your canvas, so transform it into something comfortable but also something you’re pleased to look at.