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IKEA-Style Van Kits You Can Build Yourself!


Ok, so we’ve all had a bad experience trying to put together IKEA furniture, BUT, it sure beats the effort of building your own furniture from scratch or spending a fortune on something fancy you can buy at a furniture store. Van Lab’s DIY kits are similar — you don’t have to go through all the trouble of a DIY van build, OR spend tons of money on a professional to do it for you.

The birch pieces come to you — pre-cut — with instructions. All you need are a couple of power drills to put it all together, and it could be done in about 3 hours (but let’s be honest, probably a full day with a bit of cursing trying to find the right piece). They even have an option that includes electrical wiring so you can have a luxury battery for charging phones and laptops.

Right now they have kits for three van models — the Nissan NV 200; Chevy City Express; and the Ford Transit LWB — but are working on additional kits for other popular vans. Take a look at the pictures below, and get details on their website here.

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Van Lab DIY Kits Starting at $3.9K

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This is an easy way to outfit a van FAST!

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The flip-up table is super handy.

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You can paint or stain the birch to your preferred finish.

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You add the cushions later.

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They cut out holes for your sink/fridge/wiring.

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The cushions form a bed when it’s time.

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Everything has a sleek Scandinavian vibe.

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You can become a digital nomad at last.

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All screws, hinges, etc. are included.

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The larger van kit has space for a queen bed.

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This person painted their cabinets blue.

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Pretty much endless possibilities!

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Highlights:

  • Small model starts $3,999 (no electrical included); Large model tops out at $8,795 with electrical included
  • Bed: King Single – 1.05m wide
  • Fridge/Cooler capacity: Up to 21L thermoelectric cooler / fridge
  • Water Storage: Capacity for 50L water storage under the sink
  • Universal faucet hole has been cut, compatible with most models
  • Integrated Wiring Loom includes:
  • Switches wiring
  • Lighting
  • Fuses
  • Fuse board
  • Circuit breakers for protection
  • Voltage Sensitive Relay (VSR) for charging
  • Voltage readouts
  • 2 Double USB Chargers

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • jerry dycus
    July 31, 2021, 12:31 pm

    Doesn’t have a toilet or shower for that money it should and rather heavy, costly. And not including the front seats wastes a lot of living space where it is very tight.
    Making runabout boat style back to back seating lets it slide back into a bed, seating or swiveling seats that can face aft for living, etc.

    • James D.
      July 31, 2021, 2:30 pm

      Sadly, you won’t get as much as you used to for the price with how the cost of everything has gone up dramatically the last year, in addition to accelerated inflation. So adding a toilet and shower could more than triple the price in today’s market for this kit… Just look how much they increase the price just to include electrical from the base starting kit that doesn’t include it…

  • Marsha Cowan
    July 31, 2021, 9:19 pm

    Still, if you got the money, honey, you got a sweet camping set up. I love its versitility and style, and it looks like a lot less work than a lot of other DIY van outfits. Baths and showers are overrated. Loves, TJs, Pilot, and others offer great clean showers for a small cost, and in the meantime, wash off in the sink. A composting type toilet can fit in one of the cabinet doors, so I guess you have to choose which function you really want and need in a van–open, comfortable, quality leisure space, or bathing, dressing, taking care of business space. I go for the leisure space myself. It makes traveling in a camper so much easier.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 2, 2021, 4:31 am

      Exactly! It’s all about priorities.

  • August 1, 2021, 12:41 am

    What a great idea and resource. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 2, 2021, 4:29 am

      You are so welcome!

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