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Dinette Bed Reduction For Hallway Space

Welcome to the seventh entry in November’s Mini-Mod Contest.  One Mini-Mod will be published in every Email Alert in November.  At the end of the month, we’ll hold a reader vote to determine November’s winner.  Click here for information about the 2020 Mod Contest, including how to enter.

Dinette Reduction For Hallway Space

Roger Y., Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
Dinette Bed Reduction For Hallway Space
2007 Chevy Silverado 3500
2000 Lance 820

When camping with friends, I converted the dinette into a bed.  When converted, it was difficult for my friends to pass by when the table insert stuck out so far.  As I talked about a solution, I received cold stares for the suggestion of cutting the table, so I couldn’t take that approach.

The other big reason for the bed width reduction was due of the difficulty of the bathroom door opening.  It would not open very much with the table down.

Dinette Bed Foam To Make Smaller Bed

To remedy this, I use three fewer cushions and have a piece of 2-inch foam insert that holds the cushions in place.  The two original long and narrow cushions and the two biggest seat cushions happen to work in that space.  For extra comfort, I put memory foam on top of the camper’s cushions.

Dinette Bed Foam Cushion On Top

It was an easy modification and has worked out well.  The bathroom door is much easier to use now, especially in the middle of the night.  It’s good for one person and crowded for two.  It’s also ideal in that I can still use the original table and all the cushions.

It took me three hours, and that was including paint drying time.  It cost me $4.  In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is easy.

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