16. Trailer Bunk Conversion

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PROJECT

Remove the upper unused bunk in a travel trailer and create usable shelf space.

I had to recreate the upper bunk (the before picture), because I neglected to take a picture.

The area in light brown behind the arrow will be removed.

The paneling and bunk facing materials were saved for the new shelf.

A new corner shelf was created.

The corner shelf was joined to a new back shelf.

The white arrows indicate a hollow cavity between the shelf and the ceiling below.  I ran new wiring through this area to install more lighting for the bed below.

Finished Project

Materials:
I reused all the material salvaged from the bunk.
I needed extra shelf facing, I made this from clear cedar finished with honey maple stain and water based gloss polyurethane top coat.

Comments:
The new design allowed easier access when getting into bed.  The triangular corner shelf is now used for the  DVD player.  There is now a reachable shelf while lying in bed.

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