Mavis 2.0 | Airstream Bed Remodel: 2 Twins to 1 Full-sized Bed

We lived full-time for three months in a twin bed set-up. And we only did this because we knew it was going to be a temporary thing. Mavis was originally a way for us to travel for short periods at a time and she would eventually make it to her final resting place as an Airbnb/guest house in the backyard of our future coastal container home. The last part of that plan is still a go. What changed is we didn’t expect to fall head over heels for Airstream living. During our first three months in Southport, NC where Jason spent the winter training to get his pilot’s certificate, we completely changed our way of thinking. We loved the simplicity of it all. We decided we had no desire to go back to our house full-time. It’ll be a pit stop between full-time Airstream living and traveling the country. So after Southport, we had some modifications to make which included this bedroom overhaul. We pretty much just did a switch-a-roo of the bedroom and sofa. Here is a look at the build of the full-sized bed:

The entire bed is framed with 1x4s. I first built the center five 1×4 cross beams and then fastened the rear board to the back wall with the nail gun and then screws to reinforce. I built the bed up high enough to be able to literally crawl underneath to stow things away. We wanted to make sure it was tall enough for things like our air compressor and tool box since this is really the only space where large objects can be stored. The center board is three boards thick for the two pieces of plywood to lay onto.

Building it this way made for all straight cuts and no figuring of the curvature of the wall.

This is the footprint of the former sofa – where the flooring ends and the subfloor begins. We didn’t lose a ton of floor space up front and we gained space where we removed the twin beds from the back.

I sanded and painted the front of the bed with satin latex paint. I also built a frame to separate stored objects underneath and carpeted the underside. This way objects stored underneath would be less likely to roll around. Also, things like the toolbox and air compressor would have scratched the floor up anyway.

Here’s a better look at the frame underneath.

The cabinet doors are simple and were built with birch plywood and then stained. I used spring loaded hinges so they’d stay shut while the trailer was on the road. I have plans to make a slide out step on the far right cabinet to help our dog get on and off the bed.

The top of the bed frame was covered with two sheets of 1/2″ plywood. This part my dad helped with because he’s a master with the circular saw. I’m still learning. 😉

A look at the top of the bed with wall to wall plywood. The plywood was then fastened to the frame with the nail gun.

The bed was centered in the front of the trailer and the ends were built up with vertical 1x12s. It was then framed with dividers to create little storage compartments.

A piece of plywood was cut to size to make up the elevated floor of the shelves.

We calculated the curve for the floor of the cabinet by measuring the length of the 1×12 and then marking the top of it every 4 inches. We then recorded the measurement every 4 inches from the 1×12 to the wall.

The bed nuzzles up perfectly to the shelf on either end with enough space to tuck the comforter and sheets.

Here’s a look at the compartments at the head and foot of the bed. Perfect for books and dog toys. 😉

Here’s the bed as it looks today. Our mattress was given to us by the folks at Tuft & Needle. I’m working on a separate post all about the mattress that’ll be up soon. As far as the bedroom area goes, I still have plans for a macrame hanging and dreamy sheers. I will update as we make progress!

3 Comment

  1. Looking good! Can’t wait to see it all decorated!

  2. Do you have a full picture of the airstream inside? I have found a airstream close to me for cheap and was thinking of purchasing! Would like an example of how its all laid out. Absolutely LOVE your style by the way!

    1. Thanks so much! And I sure do! Check out this link:

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